From The Desk Of The Jesus Lizard: Rock Drummers

In the early ’90s, the Jesus Lizard—vocalist David Yow, guitarist Duane Denison, David Wm. Sims and drummer Mac McNeilly—was untouchable. Not literally, of course—if you were at one of its hundreds of shows in that era, you could very easily touch ’em. And given the amount of time Yow spent slithering on top of the audience, you probably didn’t have a choice in the matter. Denison and McNeilly will be guest editing. Read our new MAGNET Classics feature on the band’s Liar album, one of the most important LPs of the ’90s.


McNeilly: I’m not going to list any favorites of my contemporaries/peers, ’cause they all know I love them. I’m going to reach back and give respect to those drummers who impressed and inspired me (they still do):

Mitch Mitchell (Jimi Hendrix)
Bobby Caldwell (Captain Beyond)
Don Brewer (Grand Funk)
Butch Trucks, Jaimoe (Allman Brothers)
Bill Ward (Black Sabbath)
John Bonham (Led Zeppelin)
Ian Paice (Deep Purple)
John Weathers (Gentle Giant)
Bill Bruford (Yes, King Crimson)
Billy Cobham (Mahavishnu Orchestra)