Give the Drummer Some


What role do drums play in Rock? Should that be keeping the beat or leading from the front? Who are some of the greatest drummers in rock music? The beat goes on as Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot focus on the contributions of drummers to rock music with drummer Joe Wong. Wong also hosts a podcast on drummers called The Trap Set. There’s also an interview with Bernard Purdie.

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Joe Wong

The beat goes on as Jim and Greg focus on the role of drummers in rock music with drummer Joe Wong. Wong also hosts a podcast on drummers called The Trap Set. They also pick some of their favorite drummers and favorite drum beats in rock.

Favorite Drum Moments in Rock

Jim and Greg share some of their favorite drummers as well as some notable drum fills, beats and more:


  • Martin Atkins, "Under the House" by Public Image Ltd.
  • Janet Weiss, "Youth Decay" by Sleater-Kinney
  • Clyde Stubblefield, "I Got the Feelin’" by James Brown


  • Terry Chambers, "Senses Working Overtime" by XTC
  • John Bonham "When the Levy Breaks" by Led Zeppelin
  • Charlie Watts "Honky Tonk Women" by The Rolling Stones

Bernard Purdie

Bernard Purdie

Bernard Purdie was one of the most prolific session drummers of the 1960s and '70s. His distinctive style is known as the “Purdie Shuffle.” Former Sound Opinions producer Ayana Contreras spoke with Purdie about his career and contributions to popular music.

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