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Citizen Insane 07-01-2008 10:14 PM

Topper Headon
 
Topper Headon from The Clash, I think this guy is absolutely fantastic. I mean, The Clash incorperated almost all genres of popular music, and Topper was able to play them all in a convincing fashion. A criminally under-rated drummer.

rabbitfoot 07-03-2008 06:06 PM

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yeah i think he is really underrated. most punk drummers are. paul cook from the sex pistols is also a great drummer

Jon Cable 07-11-2008 12:45 AM

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I think Topper had some various issues in his life too...remember reading a story [hopefully untrue] that Topper, Rick Buckler from The Jam and Gilson Lavis from Squeeze all drove taxis for the same cab company in London in the 90s at the same time....who'd be a successful drummer???
I grew up listening to Topper etc Great influences both rock and reggae wise...I hope Toppers happy and healthy somewhere....

Geri Attrique 12-16-2009 01:51 PM

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Topper is one of my favs (I am a massive Clash fan)...and yes, he did drive taxis, busked in the London tube at a low point after the Clash during his addiction, and what not. He is recovered now and looks fantastic (thank god)! He is doing a bit of drumming again. I wish he would do more. I would love to meet him.

Some recent tube of you links:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qIJ5O1lQUPg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKEJTixhoEY

Seems a real humble chap, as well.

slingerland755 12-24-2009 07:23 AM

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Interesting story...Definitely worth a look into his life.

creepshow 06-28-2011 10:00 AM

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Wow, it's a shame that no one has posted for Topper since December 2009. And so few posts. Topper is my favourite drummer. The reason The Clash were able to try their hand at so many different styles of music was that Topper could play pretty much anything and play it well. He was the engine for "The Only Band That Matters". Here are The Clash live in 1980 on the show "Fridays", I believe. Check it out. And check out Topper's drumming on their album "London Calling", one of the greatest albums ever made.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVYMppMiSmc

Algorithm 07-21-2011 08:37 AM

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I love his drumming on London Calling. It's so groovy you can dance to it. Incredible.

get_rad 07-21-2011 09:14 AM

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incredible punk drummer, one of the greatest. i wish my friends loved the clash as much as i did so we could jam their songs

creepshow 07-25-2011 01:10 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by get_rad (Post 868774)
incredible punk drummer, one of the greatest. i wish my friends loved the clash as much as i did so we could jam their songs

You need new friends. ;)

get_rad 07-28-2011 04:18 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by creepshow (Post 870146)
You need new friends. ;)

haha ill just post a craigslist ad for friends who listen to the clash haha

does anyone know what kind of drums topper used?

Pocket-full-of-gold 07-28-2011 04:39 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by get_rad (Post 871523)
does anyone know what kind of drums topper used?

There's a little bit here: http://www.mikedolbear.com/story.asp?StoryID=2011

Scroll down to "Tell us about the gear you were using".

get_rad 07-28-2011 05:03 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Pocket-full-of-gold (Post 871535)
There's a little bit here: http://www.mikedolbear.com/story.asp?StoryID=2011

Scroll down to "Tell us about the gear you were using".

thanks! kind of strange that he was never endorsed by anyone, that's almost unheard of these days for a successful bands drummer. people with half the talent of Topper are getting endorsed these days haha

Pocket-full-of-gold 07-28-2011 05:15 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by get_rad (Post 871545)
thanks! kind of strange that he was never endorsed by anyone, that's almost unheard of these days for a successful bands drummer. people with half the talent of Topper are getting endorsed these days haha

Endorsements?? How UN-punk can you get?

A corporation comes up to a real punk rocker and asked them to represent the brand......they'd have been given a good old fashion English "F@%$ OFF!!!!....I ain't conformin' to no drum company man....you get out there and sell your own god damned drums!!" :-)

get_rad 07-28-2011 08:36 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Pocket-full-of-gold (Post 871552)
Endorsements?? How UN-punk can you get?

A corporation comes up to a real punk rocker and asked them to represent the brand......they'd have been given a good old fashion English "F@%$ OFF!!!!....I ain't conformin' to no drum company man....you get out there and sell your own god damned drums!!" :-)

i guess the day punk bands started getting endorsements was the day punk died eh? haha

brmjerry 01-01-2012 12:34 PM

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- drug stabbing time
- four horsemen
- and every other clash song
- his roots are in the grateful dead but he gets in more hits than kreutzmann & mickey hart combined.
And what a lot of drummers would need a 20 minute drum solo to play - Headon could put into the middle of one song.
A no B.S. drummer in a no B.S. band. And for the last 30 years, American music has been mostly B.S.

mxo721 03-10-2012 07:56 AM

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lost in the super market...love the drums on that one

rudy336 05-28-2012 04:01 AM

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There was a story that Topper was playing some Gene Krupa thing and Sandy Pearlman told him "that's great, now play it backwards" Topper then sat back for a few seconds and played it backwards

Born Again Drummer 05-28-2012 04:14 AM

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He is a ground-breaking drummer and an amazing band - The Clash!


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