Midnight Oil

[Powderworks] Rob's Drumming

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Fri, 01 Nov 2002 23:54:44 +1100

  Yes that's right get me fired up, start dissing Rob!
  I'm am not a drummer but i am fucking sick of little try hard pricks 
having a go
  at Mr. Hirst. Yes Rob has a lot of followers out there and yes he almost 
  polls best drummer in readers polls. Because of this you will always meet 
  wanker Jazz drummer who needs to take Rob down with technical bull shit!
  because nobody likes his (Jazz guy's) boring textbook bashing and he is 
  that Rob has followers!. What can i say about Rob? he probably could not 
  less, his main passion is songwriting and drums are just part of the make 
  of presenting a tune as a whole. Rob doesn't even keep drums at home to
  just guitars to write those wonderful melody soaked songs.Though as a 
  and a person overall in everything he does he gives 1,000%, it's all about 
  energy and making every performance stand out not about technical 
  It just so happens that he has great musical chops on the drums too!.

                                 My 2 cents,

  P.s. Redneck is the most amazing hard at the ball album, name another band
  25 years old who could sound so fresh.

>The drummer in that little proto-band had a listen to some of the other 
>songs and a look at my copy of Oil Drums, a Midnight Oil beat book with a 
>selection of a few songs (including Kosciuszko, I think), but he wasn't 
>particularly impressed with Rob Hirst's drumming.  That turned out to be 
>one of many reasons I left those guys on their own to form their band.  
>I'll have to find another group of musicians, if I really feel like being 
>in a band.
>I was writing some songs for the band, and they were cutting their teeth on 
>some Allman Brothers and Credence tunes, most of which I was able to sing, 
>but we just didn't see eye-to-eye musically.  This has always been one of 
>the two or three things I've found most impressive about the Oils at their 
>best: when they were musically in synch with each other and were able to 
>keep it going for years at a time.  That's also a large part of why Redneck 
>Wonderland makes so little sense to me.  Place without a Postcard and Head 
>Injuries and Diesel and Dust and Blue Sky Mining and so on and so forth for 
>most of the rest of the albums: they're cogent and intelligent and musical. 
>  I'm all for new experiences (and, after all, the Blue Meanie and Blue 
>Sky, for instance, are pretty different from each other, but they're also 
>both very good), but I also want to find something worthwhile on the first 
>listen, and, if I don't, then I don't want to punish myself by listening 
>over and over to something I don't like.  If a piece of music doesn't work 
>for you on the first try, you're not getting it or it's not good music.  If 
>it's the former, then maybe you need to listen more.  I don't see myself 
>putting Redneck Wonderland back in the CD player again anytime soon.

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