Discussion in 'music, bands, clubs & festies' started by Mr.Bishie, Oct 6, 2019.
Another legend has left our mortal coil.
Like a lot of talented musicians of his era some of his output is excellent and some is overindulgent junk.
Here's some of the excellence:
I was just listening to that the other day danny la rouge .
Y’know, he really is my very favourite drummer. I’ve tried liking other drummers more because it’s so obvious, but in the end it’s always Ginger Baker. He’s just so so good! I love the flicky speed he brings to his stick work. He’s so fluent, so busy, so chatty, so neat! And none of it superfluous.
he's not been well for a while and I knew he was in a serious condition this past few days so I'm not surprised.
What can you say, legendary drummer, difficult character at times, complete one off.
Sorry he's gone RIP Ginger
Unfortunately not so good at the being a human being bit. But, y’know, old school.
“We’re co-existing on different continents but I’m thinking of asking him to move because he’s still a bit too close.” - Jack Bruce.
I’ve heard and read the terrible things about him as a person, of course.
But as a drummer....oh man...
Yes, I think he definitely had his demons, sad really, I guess he was an unhappy person underneath some of the times.
Proper drummer, but by all accounts a complete tosser in person. Saw him play with Hawkwind in the mid 80s - I can only presume he'd fallen on hard times
I'll watch Beware Of Mr Baker again later
1980, he only played on Levitatiin and that tour. My first Hawkwind gig
As all have said, great drummer, lets skip over the personality. Bloody great drummer.
Genuinely important and influential musician, bringing jazz, afrobeats and rock together. Full on 'influential'. I saw him in the Baker-Gurvitz army some time in the 70s. Have a vague memory of long drum solos but the band wasn't anything memorable. When someone so musically important dies you always wish you'd seen them at their peak.
But yeah, even on an RIP thread you can't avoid saying he was deeply unpleasant. Even in his few months in Hawkwind he got people sacked after (wrongly) accusing them of stealing his drugs and tried to have others sacked.
Anyway, he was as good as any rock (ish) drummer ever. That's not a bad epitaph.
I think a lot of my favourite drummers were either jazz drummers or whose technique influenced by jazz. Baker, Ed Cassidy (Spirit), Michael Giles, Bill Bruford, Ian Wallace, Pat Mastelotto (King Crimson)
Coincidentally, I played that record for the first time in months, yesterday.
Good innings though.
This phrase gets thrown around too often but seriously one of the best of the best. Just listen to the way he adds music to songs like White Room. It's wasn't just about keeping the time for this fella.
No more heroes. RIP.
Show me a decent drummer who didn't have his demons and I'll show you a boring fucker like Dave Grohl.
It was 1984, Hammersmith Odeon - some sort of reunion/anniversary thing. Lemmy also played for a few tunes.
I always popped to the bar during drum solos, then one time Ginger was playing with Hawkwind and for some reason i stayed and watched, changed my young perspective on what drumming could be. Awesome drummer.
Me too. Even when I’m in the band.
Coincidentally was playing "White Room" a lot recently - though it's not actually much of a drummer's track ...
Great drummer, but a cunt.
Sorry to see his passing. I can't ever recall seeing him play live unfortunately.
I’m sure someone will be along shortly shouting “nonce!!”
A difficult person (to say the least) but what a drummer!
And that’s the crux - who wasn’t a genius without being some kind of cunt? Fuck, billions of us are cunts devoid of genius!
Tbh, I was all Ginger who ?
so I went through the beeb obit ...
Cream drummer Ginger Baker dies aged 80
and then I remembered he was in Hawkwind and Cream ...
RIP to a brill drummer but a troubled character in other ways
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