We received a note from Steve Gadd‘s people informing us that he was a little bummed to have received no consideration, to date, in our ongoing discussion to determine—once and for all—Rock’s Greatest White Afro. The final paragraph of the note is worth sharing with our readers:
Although Steve would have been honored by the Hall’s consideration, he understands he would have been no match for his fellow drummer (and his personal selection) Sib Hashian. On Valentine’s Day, may we suggest that you run another thread to settle—once and for all—another age-old question: Rock’s Most Essential Drum Intro; that is, the one drum intro that is most essential to the success of the song that follows. Steve’s intro to Paul Simon‘s “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover” has got to rank among the Top 5 most essential drum intros in all of rock, possibly only challenged for the top spot by the intro to The Rolling Stones‘ “Honky Tonk Women.” Another Stones song to consider might be “Get Off My Cloud.” Would that song ever get off the ground without that intro? We ask that you bring this topic to your readers for them to determine—once and for all!
So there you have it, with
out the aid of an RTH People’s Poll, let’s determine—once and for all—the Most Essential Drum Intro in Rock, beginning with “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover” and “Honky Tonk Women.”
What is rock's most essential drum intro?
- The Ronettes, "Be My Baby" (29%, 12 Votes)
- Led Zeppelin, "When the Levee Breaks" (17%, 7 Votes)
- The Rolling Stones, "Honky Tonk Women" (17%, 7 Votes)
- Iggy Pop, "Lust for Life" (14%, 6 Votes)
- Sweet, "Ballroom Blitz" (12%, 5 Votes)
- Paul Simon, "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover" (7%, 3 Votes)
- Elvis Costello & The Attractions, "This Year's Girl" (2%, 1 Votes)
- The Clash, "I Fought the Law" (2%, 1 Votes)
- Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, "Going to a Go-Go" (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 42
Previously, you may recall, we suggested “50 Ways…” is a recipient of a Most Valuable Drum Part (MVDP) award.