25 Great Double Drumming Tracks

Vistalite Black

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This article from Modern Drummer isn't that modern ... It's almost a decade old so it doesn't include "modern" double-drumming bands like King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard or Trucks-Tedeschi -- both of which freed up bunks on their tour buses this year by leaving one of their two drummers on the proverbial side of the road.

It's still worth revisiting, though, because it ranges from punk rock to progressive jazz -- so much so that there's some treats here that I've never heard.

It apparently kicked up a bit of a ruckus among Modern Drummer readers. The magazine later published a selection of what readers saw as omissions to the original list. A link to those complaints is at the bottom.

Before we dig in, Vistalite Black just wants to note that there was an epic thread that's sort of related: We're Witnessing the Total Extinction of Two-Drummer Bands https://www.drumforum.org/threads/we’re-witnessing-the-total-extinction-of-two-drummer-bands.179169/

Now onto Modern Drummer's Top 25:

25. 21st Century Fox - The Dirtbombs
24. Stand and Deliver - Adam and the Ants
23. Five Too Many - Tortoise
23. Chinese Balls - Red Red meat
21. Stick Around for the Rock and Roll - The Outlaws
20. Civilized Man - The Melvins
19. Paranoid Android - Brad Mehidau (Jim Keltner and Matt Chamberlain)
18. Cherub - Bx%thole Surfers
17. Come Darling - Jeff Beck (Narada Michael Whalen/Ed Greene
16. Ex-Spectator - Fugazi
15. St. Stephen - Grateful Dead
14. Toad of the Short Forest - Frank Zappa (Art Tripp and Jimmy Carl Black)
13. ILL Pearl - Nervous Cop
12. Sex Eat Sleep Drink Dream - King Crimson (Bill Bruford and Pat Mastelatto)
11. Miles Run the Voodoo Down - Miles Davis (Don Alias and Jack DeJohnnette)
10. The Letter - Joe Coker (Jim Keltner and Jim Gordon)
9. What Reason Could I Give - Ornette Coleman (Billy Higgins and Ed Blackwell)
8. Wah-Wah - Ringo Starr (with Jim Keltner)
7. Richie's Brother - Robbie and Negr
6. Parler's Band - Steely Dan (Jim Gordon and Jeff Porcaro)
5. Afterglow - Genesis (Phil Collins and Chester Thompson)
4. The Father and the Son and the Holy Ghost - John Coltrane
3. Don't You Ever Wash That Thing - Frank Zappa and the Mothers (Chester Thompson and Ralph Humphrey)
2. Trouble No More -- Allman Brothers
1. Lark's Tongue in Aspic - King Crimson (Bill Bruford/Jamie Muir)

Readers react: https://www.moderndrummer.com/2007/10/double-drumming/

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No such Zappa song called Toad of The Short Force.