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    Default Today Is Keith Moon's Birthday

    One of my favorite drummers, and one of the all time greats!
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    Happy Birthday Keith! I saw him once in the '70's during the Who's heyday
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    I always say Keith's method of drumming was "never stop playing", LOL! He was always hitting something with those sticks. He was an excellent drummer too! Happy B-day Keith!
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    So... should I drive a Rolls into a hotel swimming pool to celebrate? ;-)

    Moonie was, as he himself observed, "the best Keith Moon-style drummer I know of". I'd opine he was the best rock and roll drummer of all time, full stop.
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    Always loved his "overhand" style of playing cymbals. Missed.
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    Listened to some early Who in celebration. The combinations he played were just mind boggling. Never anyone like him, probably never will be either. He approached the Who's music with almost a jazz sensibility. Funny thing is he never played a solo, didn't believe in them.

    Little known factoid - his favorite band was The Beach Boys. He longed to play with them, even in the Who's heyday. Can you imagine Moonie laying it down to I Get Around, or Good Vibrations
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    One of the best rock drummers that hit the skins....I'll hoist a couple to ya...later!

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    Quote Originally Posted by drumminman View Post
    Listened to some early Who in celebration. The combinations he played were just mind boggling. Never anyone like him, probably never will be either. He approached the Who's music with almost a jazz sensibility. Funny thing is he never played a solo, didn't believe in them.

    Little known factoid - his favorite band was The Beach Boys. He longed to play with them, even in the Who's heyday. Can you imagine Moonie laying it down to I Get Around, or Good Vibrations
    He was great even up to the end - he was probably almost literally clinging to life when the Baba O'Riley and Won't Get Fooled Again performances were filmed for The Kids Are Alright - and his drumming lacked finesse and was even off... but it was still just right; those performances were a decent coda for the "real" 'OO, I'd opine.

    As to the "surf music" influences on Mr. Moon... no doubt about it; and it was well recognized/documented when he was alive. One of the early 'OO albums includes Bucket T... and there's a great, throwaway performance of Barbara Ann captured in The Kids Are Alright... if you've never seen it, it's terrific - in its own, idiosyncratic way. Townshend clearly doesn't know the song... but that doesn't stop him! :-)

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    Keith Moon was the man. I've always appreciated musicians that can be simultaneously sloppy and precise.
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    Quote Originally Posted by drummer86 View Post
    Keith Moon was the man. I've always appreciated musicians that can be simultaneously sloppy and precise.
    Grateful Dead fan are you, then? ;-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by drummer86 View Post
    Keith Moon was the man. I've always appreciated musicians that can be simultaneously sloppy and precise.
    So true Keith always looked like he had just picked up the sticks 5min. ago. As a drummer It always looked as if he was just winging it up there and yet it all sound pretty good

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    "The Ox" is another surf inspired Who tune. I've been a Who fan since "I Can See For Miles" was released on single.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 55LS70 View Post
    I've been a Who fan since "I Can See For Miles" was released on single.
    My favorite early Who song. Keith is just incredible on that. His interplay with Pete sounds ominous, perfect for the lyrics!
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    Quote Originally Posted by drumminman View Post
    My favorite early Who song. Keith is just incredible on that. His interplay with Pete sounds ominous, perfect for the lyrics!
    The album on which I Can See for Miles appears, The Who Sell Out, is (probably!) inarguably their best early studio effort...

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    I have to agree with the above. I was watching "The Who -Live at the Isle of Wight Festival" on the Palladia channel a couple of nights ago and I just can't take my eyes off of Keith's drumming. It was like the drums was the lead instrument in the band.
    Ever seen the clip of the Who performing A Quick One from The Rolling Stones' Rock and Roll Circus? :-)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fuCQvK66OhA

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    Quote Originally Posted by pitdogg2 View Post
    So true Keith always looked like he had just picked up the sticks 5min. ago. As a drummer It always looked as if he was just winging it up there and yet it all sound pretty good
    I have to agree with the above. I was watching "The Who -Live at the Isle of Wight Festival" on the Palladia channel a couple of nights ago and I just can't take my eyes off of Keith's drumming. It was like the drums was the lead instrument in the band.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mhardy6647 View Post
    The album on which I Can See for Miles appears, The Who Sell Out, is (probably!) inarguably their best early studio effort...



    Ever seen the clip of the Who performing A Quick One from The Rolling Stones' Rock and Roll Circus? :-)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fuCQvK66OhA

    Great segment - thanks for posting! As crazy as Moon looks while he's drumming, his musical ideas are well organized and played. . . . just not conventional
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    Yeah Moon was the living personification of the idea that genius and insanity are only separated by a thread. There will never be any one else like him. Like the others have said I always loved how his playing always sounded out of control but somehow came together. Definitely a unique individual and musician.

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