Millenium(ish) Rock Drummers

NouveauCliche

Senior Member
Hey everyone,

I was flipping through YouTube drowning in nostalgia and it hit me:

It it just me or were there some really GREAT "Rock Drummers" that were active starting in the 90's and moving forward. I think these guys had some great influences and really transcended the genre in a lot of ways.

People that came to mind are:

Matt Cameron - Sound Garden
Jimmy Chamberlin - Smashing Pumpkins
David Abbruzzese - Pearl Jam (for a bit)
Jeremy Taggart - Our Lady Peace
Aaron Comess - Spin Doctors

I never realized how great all those guys were and how much time I spent listening to them. I think at the time for me it was easy to lose them while studying Weckl, Gadd, Colaiuta....but there was some great players in this time period.

Anyone else that comes to mind for you all or stories about these cats?
 

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C.M. Jones

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This thread brings to the forefront of my mind a characteristic of rock/alterative drumming I very much miss from the 1990s: the prevalence of tight snare tunings. It was a pretty cranked decade. The sound held on through about 2003 or so, and then a reversion to lower snare tunings seemed to take hold. It's not that you don't hear tight snares any longer, but the '90s marked the golden age of tabletop snares as I recall. Good times.

I've always liked Jimmy Chamberlain a lot. Quite the unique sound and style. Aaron Comess was another maestro. His feel and clean execution were superb. But let's not overlook my favorite rock drummer of that era: Stephen Perkins of Jane's Addiction and Porno for Pyro's. The latter band's first album (1993) contains some of the best drum tracks I've ever heard. He left nothing in the tank for that project.
 

Ransan

Senior Member
Hey everyone,

I was flipping through YouTube drowning in nostalgia and it hit me:

It it just me or were there some really GREAT "Rock Drummers" that were active starting in the 90's and moving forward. I think these guys had some great influences and really transcended the genre in a lot of ways.

People that came to mind are:

Matt Cameron - Sound Garden
Jimmy Chamberlin - Smashing Pumpkins
David Abbruzzese - Pearl Jam (for a bit)
Jeremy Taggart - Our Lady Peace
Aaron Comess - Spin Doctors

I never realized how great all those guys were and how much time I spent listening to them. I think at the time for me it was easy to lose them while studying Weckl, Gadd, Colaiuta....but there was some great players in this time period.

Anyone else that comes to mind for you all or stories about these cats?
Yes those are all excellent drummers that could hold their own.
For me it was the following short lived influences of mid to later 90s come to my mind:
Mikey Bug Cox - Coal Chamber
David Silveria - Korn
Jose Pasillas - Incubus
Matt McDonough - Mudvayne
Johnny Kelly - Type O
 

NouveauCliche

Senior Member
This thread brings to the forefront of my mind a characteristic of rock/alterative drumming I very much miss from the 1990s: the prevalence of tight snare tunings. It was a pretty cranked decade. The sound held on through about 2003 or so, and then a reversion to lower snare tunings seemed to take hold. It's not that you don't hear tight snares any longer, but the '90s marked the golden age of tabletop snares as I recall. Good times.

I've always liked Jimmy Chamberlain a lot. Quite the unique sound and style. Aaron Comess was another maestro. His feel and clean execution were superb. But let's not overlook my favorite rock drummer of that era: Stephen Perkins of Jane's Addiction and Porno for Pyro's. The latter band's first album (1993) contains some of the best drum tracks I've ever heard. He left nothing in the tank for that project.
EXACTLY - it's so funny - I guess I've never realized how much I was actually influenced by these guys. I still love a cranked snare and that drum sound form the era.

There's was a lot of great players right in this time frame and some really cool parts.

Does anyone rock anymore? Or it just Jack White and his various bands haha.
 

C.M. Jones

Well-known member
Does anyone rock anymore?
I'm compelled to say no, but that's age getting the better of me. I was in my twenties throughout the '90s, so I'll never relate to music again the way I did then. No decade will top that one in my mind. Nostalgia is a powerful force, just like those beautifully cranked snares!
 

opentune

Platinum Member
My theory: I'm sure they're out there, but they're not getting picked by labels cuz whats selling is r&b with its sampled loops, electronica, and shiny country.
'Getting picked'....I quote from Joseph Weinstein about the music industry, (posted yesterday in the 'Lefsetz letter' a commentary on music and pop culture)

" Music died a long time ago when the creators started thinking of themselves as brands instead of as artists commenting on the human experience...... the irony is that brands were never cool to begin with, which is why they needed to borrow/leverage/steal credibility from the artists/athletes/sports teams to begin with via talent deals, sponsorships, and endorsement contracts. Now, the “artists” of today are so hooked on corporate money and optimizing sales that they can’t afford to offend one single potential customer, so they create fluff. "
 
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