What would music be without a beat, a rhythm or a backbone? Though they qualify as the first instruments ever created, the drums are probably the last thing most music fans can live without. And while we worship plenty of drummers in modern music, there are some Gods of Thunder who might actually deserve to be struck by lightning. It's only natural that having the biggest instrument in the band will lead to some smug attitudes, inflated egos and dumbass behavior. But when it comes to narrowing down the douchiest drummers of all time, there's a handful of them that definitely stick out. Here is our list of the Ten Douchiest Drummers of All Time.
Terry Bozzio doesn't necessarily come across as the biggest egomaniac in interviews or even during his concerts. It's more or less his monstrous drum kit that is the real douchebag in this situation. Why someone would ever need 30 toms and two dozen cymbals to play the drums in any genre is beyond us. And why does every solo begin with this obligatory need to tap every fucking gong and windchime he owns? We're willing to concede that anyone good enough to play drums for Frank Zappa deserves a little extra room to stretch out. That doesn't mean they should create a kit that looks like something you could strap wheels on and drive around on the set of Mad Max.
9. Meg White
Most drummers are familiar with the term "ride cymbal." In the case of Meg White from the White Stripes, it always seemed to feel as though she was playing a free ride more than anything else. Someone tell us: Does this woman even qualify as a drummer? At times, watching her try to keep a beat behind Jack White's furious blues guitar was like throwing a cat in the pool and watching it try to swim. It was painful. Sure, the White Stripes always prided itself on keeping things simple. But really? That simple? There are literally thousands of women who could have made the White Stripes more formidable in the rhythm department. Does that mean add a bunch of crazy drum solos, bells and whistles? No. But if you're gonna play virtually the same beat for every song, play it with some balls.
8. Travis Barker
For the past couple of decades, Travis Barker's status as the official bro-dog of the drum world has gone unsurpassed. His road to becoming a douchebag drummer really started to take off after he left the Aquabats in 1997. Whether he was mercilessly trying to cram hip-hop drum solos into Blink-182's pop-punk sound during live shows, fulfilling his quenchless desire for tattoos and Cadillacs or starting his clothing line Famous Stars and Straps -- worn by bros the world over -- Barker has been on a full-time mission to become the embodiment of all things 909. Siiiiick.
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