I would ascribe the money beat to Honky Tonk Women, All Right Now, and Highway to Hell. Those and about a thousand other tracks.
.."Highway to Hell" is the Ultimate Money Beat..
No, that would be Billy Jean..
Highway To Hell is quite difficult for some drummers to know when to start and also when to start again after the first chorus, etc..
Also difficult for most guitar players if you make an 8th note beat displacement btw lol..
I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that some drummers don’t know what this is, and at the same time, hearing disparaging comments about the money beat, shouldn’t surprise me either.
But consider this; in music history, no other musicians get to stray from the parts they have to play. Drummers, seemed to have grown up with the idea that they get options in how they execute the music people want to hear. I wonder why that is?
If you’ve done any time in a concert band, orchestra, or actually, any group of musicians, have you ever noticed that people engage in playing parts? What if that guitar player didn’t play the correct part on the intro to “My Girl” because he didn’t want to play the “money” part? Or how weird would it be if the drummer took a different path for “50 ways to leave your lover”? (These are just two examples). Can you imagine an audience reaction to that? Yet, drummers feel like they have a say in whether or not they play the money beat or not.
I agree, there is music where things are improvised and that’s ok - listening to Ravi Shankar playing Indian music comes to mind, as well as listening to Charlie Parker. But for the most part, rock n roll cover bands (a blanket title for “everybody else”, so forgive me if I didn’t include you specifically), all the members are doing the “money beat”. If they have drummers who stray too far from that, you can bet they won’t for long.
So come on drummers, perhaps you need to re-assess your feelings on the money beat. Sometimes it blows my mind when I meet youngsters with a lot less experience declare “I could never just play the money beat, that’s so boring”. To which I’ve always said “then it must be nice you can get gigs where you get to play whatever you want”. Is the rude awakening when you get with a band that insists you play the right part (because, after all, they have to play the right parts), or does it become clearer when you get fired and then wonder why your phone isn't ringing (because you know, musicians talk to each other)?
I think band mates are sorta jealous of drummers because while the drummer can do all kinds of different things within a song, they have to play the parts that exist, or else no one would know what they were playing - hence the term, “cover band”. So drummers should be at least sensitive to that on the bandstand, and not complain too openly that they don’t get to do what they want all night. The other guys are playing their “money” parts. Be a team player and stop whining.
I had a young drummer at my studio the other day and was showing him the drum parts to some slick Narada Michael Walden songs from the 70's and Highway to Hell came up in the play list. I laid into it the best I could for a 66 y/o geezer and he was mortified. LOL. He's like "Dude you owned that!" I thought to myself, " yeah I kinda did. " ."Highway to Hell" is the Ultimate Money Beat.
..Nobody cares, man. Nobody knows or cares what the hell the drummer plays. They want a band in the room, they want a vibe, and if they are even paying attention, they just want to see you having a good time..
I had a young drummer at my studio the other day and was showing him the drum parts to some slick Narada Michael Walden songs from the 70's and Highway to Hell came up in the play list. I laid into it the best I could for a 66 y/o geezer and he was mortified. LOL. He's like "Dude you owned that!" I thought to myself, " yeah I kinda did. " .
Music to me is like sex. The more I see my partner...or a musician.... enjoying themselves, in my mind, the better they are at it.