Archive for the ‘drums, rockabilly, psychobilly, surf’ Category

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RIP – Azzy T

January 27, 2014

Zombie Ghost Train rode the tracks to never never land with Azzy T. Hailed as Australia’s best kept Psychobilly secret ZGT managed to tour and scare audiences all over the world before the train ride came to an end. It’s a shame, they had a great Zombie feel to them. Definitely a bunch of ghouls to look out for!

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Time to re-evaluate Ringo Starr?

December 17, 2013

I think so! Funny, I just had a discussion about this the other day with a friend of mine and today, I find this article. Due to all the hype and myth surrounding the Beatles it doesn’t take very long to get a distorted picture of the events, and throw in some time between then and now and it is fairly easy to mistake myth for reality. While Ringo wasn’t a flashy showman as some of his later contemporaries; Keith Moon, Ginger Baker, John Bonham etc., George Martin wouldn’t let him play on the first recording session and Buddy Rich once called him a joke (it’s ok, Buddy hated everyone!). The truth is, The Beatles actively sought out Ringo, who at the time was already playing in the biggest band in Liverpool and it was a big deal to them, to get Ringo in the band. According to George Harrison about Ringo’s debut with them on August 18, 1962 “From that moment on, it gelled – the Beatles just went on to a different level.” For them it wasn’t about being the flashiest or the showiest, it was about giving the songs life and breath all of there own, and that he did. Out of the 215 songs that Ringo recorded with the Beatles, there isn’t a bad drum perfomance on any of them. It’s time to give Ringo the credit that he is so rightfully due. Click on Ringo to read the article.

Ringo Starr

Ringo Starr

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Interview – Steve Taylor

October 16, 2011

Sometimes legends live in your own backyard… Krash Boom Bam recently had the pleasure of interviewing one of my personal favorite drummers Steve Taylor.

What kind of set up are you using?

Mike Van Eyes and Ron Scott saw this kit in New West that was under a car port in a back alley. It has a cool brown/grey swirl to it. I think it’s called root beer swirl. They approached the owners and offered $50.00 for them and I put another $150.00 into them for new drum heads.

They’re some proto-type for maybe premier or Japan models. No name on them. 20″ BD,13″ rack, 16″ floor tom, matching wooden snare that’s 14×5 that I don’t use that much. No name on them…

Steve Taylor

Steve Taylor

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Everybodies trying to be my Baby – Fluke Holland

October 12, 2011

Fluke Holland drives the rhythm section for this Carl Perkins hit. The stops in this song are where i cut my teeth. Songs like this one are the reason that Carl was voted the King of Rockabilly… and Fluke was right there by his side. Fluke once saved Carl from drowning in a ditch after an accident on their way to New York, for an appearance on The Perry Como Show. Everybodies trying to be my Baby was among the half dozen songs that Carl and the boys recorded after recuperating from the accident.

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Big Noise from Winnetka – Ray Bauduc

October 1, 2011

Ray Bauduc co-wrote this boppin little beauty with bassist Bob Haggert as part of the Bobcats. The song written on the fly at the Blackhawk in Chicago, while waiting for the rest of the band to return to the stage, became a hit for the Bobcats.

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Woodoo Doll – Tom Stormy

September 2, 2011

Mystery Gang certainly lives up to their name. I stumbled upon this cool little toe tapper and wanted to post it up and give props to the resident drummer and that’s where Mystery Gang swung into action it took a while but i finally got it Tom Stormy is the drummer in question, skipping along with his piccolo snare, infectious.

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Liam Crill Interview

January 18, 2011

Krash Boom Bam recently had a chat with none other than Liam Crill the driving force behind the Kings of Nuthin. We asked Liam about his gig, his gear and his wisdom. This is what Liam had to say…

what kind of set up are you using?
what do you use for heads, cymbals, sticks, kick pedal, snare?

my kit is a ’64 slingerland- 20″ bass drum, 16″ floor tom, a series zildjin medium ride and some hunk a shit crash cymbal i found in the trash. for snare i use a 70s ludwig acrolyte or the bad ass 60s gretsch aluminum shell snare i found in the same dumpster i found the crash, i usually use remo ambassador heads, vicfirth 5b wood tips. for kick pedal i use ludwig speed king. the 70s models seem to hold up better than the modern ones- they’re great- fast, good response and they take an ass whuppin’.

who are your fave players?

earl palmer was the best- all his new orleans r&b sessions are incredible. scott pittman, is my favorite modern drummer. he played in a boston band called the shods and plays with the frank morey band nowadays. the guy is amazing to watch live, can’t ever see his hands…

Liam Crill - The Kings of Nuthin

Liam Crill - The Kings of Nuthin

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