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March 2, 2011 11:28 AM   Subscribe

Cozy Powell plays 400 drums in one minute (via WFMU Blog)

Cozy Powell of course, was the drummer for Rainbow, Emerson, Lake & Powell, Whitesnake, late-era Sabbath and himself. And yes, Yngwie Malmsteen.
posted by Potomac Avenue (29 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite

 
That's like Neil Peart's regular stage kit.
posted by Joe Beese at 11:33 AM on March 2, 2011 [14 favorites]


What I like about Cozy Powell, actually, is that he didn''t usually try to hit 400 drums per minute. He played the drums. Very hard.
posted by Wolfdog at 11:34 AM on March 2, 2011


I read that as Colin Powell and was very confused for a moment.
posted by brundlefly at 11:36 AM on March 2, 2011


I read that as Colin Powell and was bizarrely overjoyed for a moment.
posted by lumensimus at 11:37 AM on March 2, 2011


Colin Powell, of course, was the drummer for Yes.
posted by Wolfdog at 11:37 AM on March 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


In this mode Cozy sounds just like a bucket boy.
posted by Slack-a-gogo at 11:40 AM on March 2, 2011


He played the drums. Very hard.

I posted this in the other day's Telecaster anniversary thread, but watch Mr. Bonham at work there.

Blimey!
posted by Joe Beese at 11:43 AM on March 2, 2011


Colin Powell, of course, was the drummer for Yes. Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs
posted by Wolfdog at 2:37 PM

posted by Potomac Avenue at 11:44 AM on March 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


My favorite part was the "HE'S A RECORD BREAKERRRRR" at the end.
posted by azarbayejani at 11:52 AM on March 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


Powell got the nickname "Cozy" when playing with Ronald Drumsfeld.
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 11:53 AM on March 2, 2011 [3 favorites]


I like the snappy punctuation of the sticks interfering.

You could put it over the top with 200 kick drums set up so he could thump out a strong beat as he ran through the maze-o-drums. It might have slowed him down a bit, but then he did end up two whole seconds to spare.

First person or group to chop this up into loops and make some Jungle or *step wins or loses, whichever you prefer.
posted by SteelyDuran at 12:03 PM on March 2, 2011


[Internal scene, futuristic glowing white classroom in the year 2977]

[A 2D flat video finishes playing. 300 students dressed in white jumpers stare in shocked horror, shifting uncomfortably]

[Teacher shuts down 3D projection display]

Teacher: "I know that may have been traumatic for most of you, but you're ready for it. You needed to see it so you could understand. This is why they invented punk rock in the late 20th century. It's also why 'Emerson, Lake and Palmer' and feathered hair is banned in every star system in the Galactic Continuum."
posted by loquacious at 12:03 PM on March 2, 2011


Isn't this from his album "Mallets & Mullets"?
posted by SteelyDuran at 12:06 PM on March 2, 2011 [2 favorites]


Well, yes, but that is only because the lineup of Yes, for a few weeks in the mid 80s, actually consisted of Sam Sham and the Pharoahs.
posted by Wolfdog at 12:11 PM on March 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


11? Who cares, MINE goes to 400.
posted by dbiedny at 12:18 PM on March 2, 2011


That sure was a guy hitting a lot of drums.
posted by defenestration at 12:24 PM on March 2, 2011 [4 favorites]


People under-estimate the impact of Roy Castle's Record Breakers (and the odious and sinister McWhirter twins who adjudicated the show and wrote the original Guinness book ). There was a period in the late 70s where it seemed that every child in England was trying to break a record of some kind. And I know several who succeeded.
posted by unSane at 12:29 PM on March 2, 2011


the lineup of Yes, for a few weeks in the mid 80s, actually consisted of Sam Sham and the Pharoahs

I also confuse Sam the Sham with Trevor Horn sometimes.
posted by mintcake! at 12:34 PM on March 2, 2011


He's a record breaker!
posted by zephyr_words at 12:35 PM on March 2, 2011


He's a mama papa coming for youuuuuu
posted by mintcake! at 12:42 PM on March 2, 2011


Joe Beese: "He played the drums. Very hard.

I posted this in the other day's Telecaster anniversary thread, but watch Mr. Bonham at work there.

Blimey
"

Animal from the Muppets was modeled after Bonham.

Or was it the other way around?
posted by bwg at 4:13 PM on March 2, 2011


Dedication's what you need.

if you wanna be a recooooord breakeeeeeerrrrrrr....
posted by ZsigE at 4:42 PM on March 2, 2011


Oh, bull hockey!

That was sure awful clicky. I wonder what the head-stroke to rim-stroke ratio was. Probably pretty close to 1, I'd guess. I'll give Mr. Not Palmer the benefit of the doubt for two hundred proper strokes, but 400? Not even close.

Animal from the Muppets was modeled after Bonham.

Keith Moon, I think.
posted by Sys Rq at 5:53 PM on March 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


Mike Portnoy would have done twice as many. In 7/12 timing.
posted by LordSludge at 6:35 PM on March 2, 2011


I call foul - he rimmed a couple at around the 29 second point.

Also, 1000 beats per minute
posted by philip-random at 6:38 PM on March 2, 2011


The wife-beater yielded 3 more drum hits.
posted by rageagainsttherobots at 8:00 AM on March 3, 2011


Sys Rq: "Oh, bull hockey!

That was sure awful clicky. I wonder what the head-stroke to rim-stroke ratio was. Probably pretty close to 1, I'd guess. I'll give Mr. Not Palmer the benefit of the doubt for two hundred proper strokes, but 400? Not even close.

Animal from the Muppets was modeled after Bonham.

Keith Moon, I think
"

Oh, maybe that's it.

Yet he looks like Bonham ...
posted by bwg at 8:11 AM on March 3, 2011


I can't be the only one laughing so hard I was crying during this, was I?

It's the epitome of Spinal Tap's "It's one more, isn't it? Eleven."

I might have to make a mashup to somehow put music and a beat over that. Somehow...

/and yes, I can play a lot of ELP tunes from memory.
//wait, we don't use slashies here at mefi?
posted by lothar at 10:05 AM on March 3, 2011


Emerson, Lake and Powell? Huh, learn something new every day. And hell YES did young me listen to Brain Salad Surgery a lot during the formative years. Wild synth, Giger cover, it had it all! ('all' consists of those two things)
posted by FatherDagon at 2:24 PM on March 3, 2011


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