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12:43:11 PM Jul 7th 2012
As much as I like the "technically Truth in Television" note, I would argue that a drum machine is a non-animal drummer.
09:04:01 AM Mar 18th 2012
edited by DrStarky
Removed a big list of aversions from the music section.

  • There are several Real Life aversions: Some drummers (Ringo Starr for a quick example) have very subdued drumming styles, and others (such as Neil Peart) seem to be very focused while drumming, and get crazy only during solos.
    • Brian Downey from Thin Lizzy averted this trope massively- bandmates Phil Lynott, Scott Gorham and Brian Robertson generated legendary Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll statuses, but Downey was always the quiet one, despite his ferocious and superlative drumming.
    • Another aversion: Larry Mullen Jr. of U2, who is definitely The Quiet One in the band, but not without a dry sense of humour. He lampshaded this trope in an interview where he proclaimed that he hits things, and people clap.
    • Phil Selway of Radiohead, who is an extremely subdued (but nonetheless excellent) drummer.
    • Alan Myers of Devo, AKA The Human Metronome, barely even moved when playing. The stiff, robotic motions he used in Devo's videos were also there when he performed live.
    • The Rolling Stones' Charlie Watts has been The Quiet One for nearly five decades. Just don't call him "my drummer". This means you, Mick Jagger.
    • Meg White has a somewhat subdued drumming style. Of course, considering she drums without a bra...
    • Bill Ward of Black Sabbath has a massive presence in many of their songs, but was the quiet one of the band. Of course' when you're in a band with Ozzy Osbourne that's probably not saying much.
    • Karen Carpenter. 'Nuff said.
    • Double subversion: Sloan's Andrew Scott, in spite of some manic, primal drumming, is known for his mild-mannered temperament offstage. During the band's "Four Nights at the Palais Royale," however, Andrew switched to playing a Fender Rhodes for a few numbers, and was so disgusted at the condition of the piano that he demolished it in a fit of rage.
    • Tommy Portimo of Sonata Arctica seems to be really quite shy and has a pretty calm drumming style too.
    • AC/DC as a whole doesn't stir up a lotta noise outside of their music, only doing occasional interviews and otherwise vanishing off the face of media-Earth. Other than drum magazines, this troper can't even think of an interview featuring Phil Rudd, whose style has been described as somewhat basic but able to set a watch to.
    • Gavin Harrison from Porcupine Tree falls into one of these, musically and out the stage. Not only is he relatively calm when he drums, but he, along with Colin Edwin have been labeled as the only sane people by their bandmates. Although to be honest, he loves to experiment with his drumkit, making all these crazy sounds with everything he has at hand and shakes his head in a groovy mood when he softly smacks his drums. Okay, so he's not an animal, more like a Cloud Cuckoo Lander at the drums. YMMV, as always.
    • Averted by Don Henley from Eagles. He sang the most songs in the band. Most of his solo songs are ballads. He is often referred to as percussionist rather than drummer, since he plays a few other percussion instruments in the band as well.
    • Phil Collins is another notable aversion. Starting out as the drummer for Genesis, he took up vocal duties after Peter Gabriel went solo. Collins' vocal style, while forceful at times, is still mild-mannered.
    • Levon Helm, the laid-back drummer/vocalist from The Band, is another aversion.
    • Ginger Fish, the long-term drummer for Marilyn Manson, was known for being The Quiet One despite his frequent injuries. His replacement, Chris Vrenna, is also an aversion.
    • Former Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin is generally pretty calm behind the kit, even when playing complex parts at arena rock volumes.
  • Russel Hobbs of the Gorillaz averts this: despite having his share of breakdowns, he's still the most rational and level-headed of the group, and his eloquence is matched only by Noodle.
    • However, in Plastic Beach, Russel becomes giant, and he enters the water by throwing people off a dock and swimming to Point Nemo, and keeps Noodle on his head.

I really don't think this is an omnipresent trope. It's really more of an archetype.
12:37:58 PM Oct 12th 2010
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05:00:58 PM Nov 16th 2010
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