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There are some drum roll intros to songs which are the most unspoken joys of rock. David Bowie’s “Starman” (the work of The Spiders from Mars’ Woody Woodmansey), “Smells Like Teen Spirit (Nirvana’s Laughing Boy Dave Grohl, of course), and your jaw may drop when I mention even Dire Straits’ “Money For Nothing”(Terry Williams)... But whatever you think of the artists or songs above, these intros put shivers up your spine and lets you know you’re in for some kind of a ride.


I’d add to that list the drum intro to “In A Room” by London/Midlands/no-fixed -abode trio Dodgy. Dodgy’s sometime spokesman, bon viveur and all round good chap Mathew Priest is the sticksman responsible, and indeed is probably the best drummer thrown up by the Britpop generation of bands (though the band themselves, naturally enough, disown the term.) “In A Room” itself is, in my opinion, the pinnacle of the band’s songwriting, and certainly high point on the 1996 big-selling album Free Peace Sweet – a dynamic, brittle, pounding, clear-voiced yet abrasive pop rock track in the most classic sense, beyond labels or tags...

By Sean Bw Parker


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