There are some great quotes about drummers. Take the famous Rolling Stones story about Mick Jagger referring to Charlie Watts as “my drummer”, only to be punched in the face by Watts, who delivered the killer line: “Don’t ever call me your drummer again. You’re my fucking singer”. Classic. Not as classic as when animal insightfully mused “Eat drums! Eat cymbals”, but we’re not all Animal.
Anyway, no-one can deny the drummer’s importance in a band. Some of the greatest ever musicians are or were drummers. Keith Moon, Ringo Starr. Dave Grohl, John Bonham. All world-renowned names and invaluable additions to the rock’n’roll canon. Yet – and how to put this delicately? – not every drummer makes such an impression. Not every drummer is as memorable as Keith Moon. The drummers in the quiz below do, of course, a bang-up job. But, stuck at the back, behind the singer’s antics and the guitarist’s face-melting wizardry, they tend to be a little overlooked. Could you pick them out in a line-up?
Here we present your toughest challenge yet. Who’s that handsome bloke with the artfully sculpted beard? Is he from London punks Wolf Alice or Brighton shoegazers Black Honey? Tough one, isn’t it? Pledge your allegiance – or lack thereof – to our percussionist pals with the friendish NME quiz, ‘Whose Drummer Am I?’. And don’t forget to let us know how you got on.