Sunday, December 18, 2005

World's Fastest Drummer | UPDATE

When I read the post on Music Thing about the World's Fastest Drummer competition, I figured the contest would resemble some sort of heavy metal head-banging drumming. Then when I saw that there are even "Girls of World's Fastest Drummer" I was certain the competition would resemble some sort of "Tommy Lee spinning in a cage" slamfest.

Boy was I wrong! What has all the trappings of a machismo freak scene is just a wimpy drumming freak scene. The world record holder is a guy named Mike Mangini who hit 1,200 beats in a minute. However, they are the wimpiest little beats ever. What the hell is the purpose of this competition? To see who can tap a stick the fastest or to see who is the fastest while actually playing music? Unfortunately, the organizers seem to prefer the former.

Check out the video of Mike Mangini's record breaking performance (which seems to have been done in a hallway or something):

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UPDATE: This post was originally from November but for some reason, I got four amusingly negative comments on it yesterday. I thought the comments were pretty funny so I decided to bump the post.

Some fans of the competition must have discovered my post and told their friends that someone was dissing the great Mike Mangini. So, they stopped by to show that they take their silly little competition waaaaay too seriously.

My favorite comment is the one where the guy thought the picture in my profile of Ira Kaplan was me and mocked me for not standing up straight. It's just such an odd reason to mock someone.

31 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think you are judging this thing too quickly. WFD contests are all over the world. The one in Michigan was very extreme,with hardcore Miles Davis/Hendrix styled fusion, a heavy metal steel drum band (think about it) and a 15 year old monster jazz kid who plays 1060 singles a minute very, very loud. There were 500 people in a big auditorium and they never stopped cheering. All the winners of these things are monsters who play with everybody.

flatheaded said...

Oh wonderful, another one who thinks he has all the answers after 5 minutes of intense investigation. Again with the "what does this have to do with music" crap, coming from some yahoo in Vermont of all places. I know about that monster jazz kid Matt Smith. I would bet you are not even in his league.

Anonymous said...

Hey False...You look a little whipped in that picture there fella. Maybe somebody ought to stand you up straight and get you an asprin.

True 46 said...

And this fool writer's experience in music is what exactly? He's putting down Mangini? Hmmmmm I see.

nico said...

Hey!

Screw you, your bad posture and the entire state of Vermont!

Posture and geographic location definately impacts your potential for knowledge!

:D

The Contrarian said...

Wow.

Some seriously pent up sexual frustration here.

Somebody needs to whack off to thier Neil Peart "Modern Drummer" centerfold insert one more time.

The Contrarian said...

Wow.

Some seriously pent up sexual frustration here.

Somebody needs to whack off to their Neil Peart "Modern Drummer" centerfold insert one more time.

Bob F. said...

That reminds me of a great joke:

What do you call the knob on the end of a drumstick?

The drummer.

Anonymous said...

hey flatheaded and nico,
why you dissin vermont? what's that got to do with anything? you think there aren't fast drumming fans up here? screw you you dicks.

Anonymous said...

Actually False,

You were the subject of an experiment administered by graduate students to see how seriously you would take yourself on this silly high and mighty blog. The students merely tapped news info from the WFD website to sound like insiders. I doubt any of them have heard of Mike Mangini.

You were punked...no joke. The additional posters were an unexpected added attraction.

Hey Bob F!

Q: Where does a blog surfer call home?
A: Mom's basement.

jds said...

wtf is going on here?

Flatlander said...

jds, I don't know but it's damn entertaining whatever it is.

I have things to post but am enjoying have this post at the top of the page.

Flatlander said...

By the way, for anyone still following this saga, the drummer boys have now started posting comments in the Silver Jews post.

nico said...

I'm not dissing on Vermont at all. I'm actually friends with flatlander (the guy who writes this blog) and just figured I'd have a bit of fun with him. (Hence the smiley face at the bottom of my comment.)

Anonymous said...

Bonham forever man.

Anonymous said...

Bonham sucks. Joey from Slipknot rulz.

Anonymous said...

happy holidays from the drummer guys. But Travis IS fast.

flatheaded said...

You are a stupid ****

Bob F. said...

Anonymous anonymously said:

"Hey Bob F!

Q: Where does a blog surfer call home?
A: Mom's basement. "

The correct punchline is YOUR mom's basement. She says to call home sometime, Skippy.

Anonymous said...

You won't let her take my calls daddy.

Anonymous said...

I have recently learned that Flo Mounier of the band Cryptpsy will actually be a WFD contestant at this month's NAMM world championships. One of the best known metal drummers vs.a bunch of high school kids in a head to head confrontation on the main outside stage. How surreal is that? I can understand him wanting to be part of some kind of video plug publicity. But to compete for a drumset against a bunch of young kids and 20 something unknowns? I just don't know. It doesn't sit well. This contest is obviously out of control.

Anonymous said...

Flo Mounier is a punk.

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year from your new drummer pals. Keep those probing exposes coming.

Wimpy my ass said...

I have competed in the WFD four different events and all I can say if you think it is wimpy then get your ass up there. It the longest 60 seconds of your life. Check out this video at http://www.extremesportdrumming.com/WFDTV/Speed%20can%20power%20anything%20broadband.wmv

Oh, and yes Mangini did 6 albums with the great Steve Vai. Do you also think Steve Vai is a wimp?

Internet Drummer Nerds Are Funny said...

Flo Mounier of the band Cryptpsy?

THE Flo Mounier?

That chick is hot!

Let me know when the new Cryptpsy CD is out...I need a new beer coaster.

Anonymous said...

All hail Matt Smith, at age 16 crowned the new WFD Champion July, 16, 2006

rtp405 said...

with a Girls of the WFD poster I might be able to work myself into the worlds fastest monkey spanker

Anonymous said...

Well, we can always dream.

DeathMetaler said...

WTF he isnt the fastest drummer, ive heard nile and slipknot drum faster than that for more than one minute, this guy is pathetic, nile can drum faster and play actual music at the same time, and screw anyone who says he is the best drummer cos he's not, he is supposed to be the fastest (which he is not) cos joey jordison is (slipknots drummer), nile can something around 2000 beats per minute, take that bitches!

Anonymous said...

Hey DeathMetaler, has the meth worn off yet?

katty said...

I love the drummer sound, i feel energizer every time that i listen music where the drummer is notable. i think any band could be sustainable itself without a drummer.
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