100 Greatest Drummers of All Time

From rock thunder machines to punk powerhouses, we count down the kings and queens of slam

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Brian Chippendale
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91. Brian Chippendale

"All our stuff is a way to get us to something that's maybe a new part of something musical," said human thresher Brian Chippendale. "Or just this feeling of, 'I'm not gonna stop. I'm gonna keep drumming for as long as I can.'" Chippendale's long-running duo Lightning Bolt treats noise-rock like body music, his bass drum expertly throbbing alongside Brian Gibson's fuzz-gush bass, and his high-velocity snare machine-gunning through a Day-Glo fog. Absolutely deafening on a simple four-piece kit, completely locked in when fans are falling over his gear, he's a study of extremes that you can dance to — and the unofficial ambassador for a generation of trailblazing 21st-century avant-rock percussionists that includes Zach Hill (Death Grips, Hella) and Greg Saunier (Deerhoof). "Lightning Bolt went through a few years ago and performed in England [at] All Tomorrow's Parties, and there was this little snippet that I think all my friends sent me," Björk told Pitchfork about tapping Chippendale for 2007's Volta. "I've watched it so many times, and I never on earth thought that I would work with someone like that."

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