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The better drummer?

Discussion in 'Best of / Worst of Polls forum' started by Dityn DJ James, Jun 23, 2011.


Clive Burr or Nicko Brain

  1. Clive Burr

    22 vote(s)
  2. Nicko Brain

    62 vote(s)
  1. Mosh

    Mosh The years just pass like trains Staff Member

    Or even more so, Terry Bozzio.
    No idea where that comparison comes from.
  2. Maiden_Head

    Maiden_Head Invader

    I like both drummers but Nicko i think is more stronger drummer and there is some songs i couldn't imagine Clive doing, So it's Nicko!
  3. Eric Wright

    Eric Wright Nomad

    Nicko isn't really a flashy drummer and doesn't have the same creativity as Clive in the beats he comes up with (Gangland, 22 Acacia Avenue, and Transylvania come to mind for me), but is still more consistent and skilled. Nicko is a much stronger drummer overall in my mind, with better breaks, fills, and technical prowess.
  4. Collin

    Collin Jambi

    Nicko, but Clive was one amazing drummer.
  5. Clive was more solid, and had the best sound, and played on the original 3 and best Maiden albums in my opinion.
  6. Hallowed be thy Brain

    Hallowed be thy Brain Infinite Dreamer

    It's as simple as this: Clive had better feel, whenever that guy played you could just hear the emotion and see how much fun he was having during live performances. Nicko on the other hand, while still having some feel he's much more technical in his playing and wants perfection every time. (Hence the reason why he got so mad when he "fucking missed it")
  7. 2Mins

    2Mins Educated Fool

    As above, both awesome for their times. But I just loved Clive's sharpness and precision, and the swing he brought to those three albums. He was solid and tight, but the swing was something that, for me, no other metal band has had. Ghengis Khan FFS!

    I love Nicko, his creativity (Eagles Dare) and some of his fills (across the Powerslave album) are immense. But he's never been the best at keeping a tight rhythm going. He could race away with a song 25 years ago, and can get left a touch behind the rest of the band these days.

    R.I.P. Clive.
  8. Wally Swift

    Wally Swift Invader

    Clive for a better "feel" although Nicko is technically a better drummer.
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  9. Maturin

    Maturin Sköldpadda

    The band was definitely more steady with Clive, but I think Nicko is the right drummer for the band. The interplay between his drumming and Steve's driving basslines have been the foundation of their signature sound ever since. It's just so much more exciting to listen to, even though most musicians would argue that it is not exactly considered good musicianship to let the tempos fluctuate by the amounts that they do.
  10. Brigantium

    Brigantium Work Geordie for hire Staff Member

    They both work equally well for their respective tenures with Maiden. Clive sounds great on the early stuff, Nicko has definitely been the man for the job on everything after that. I would lean towards Nicko on this, but maybe that's because he's such a central feature of the biggest body of their work, including what most of us probably consider their best.
  11. Cosmiceddie

    Cosmiceddie Back From The Edge

    Clive Burr, at any day of the week - just listen what he did in 'Genghis Khan'.
  12. Black Bart

    Black Bart Ancient Mariner

    The real question is: was Ron 'Rebel' Matthews better than Barry Purkis?:nana:
  13. Liveone

    Liveone Nomad

    This is a difficult question??
    Went for Nicko as he is a great player although Clive had great feel and groove.
  14. JudasMyGuide

    JudasMyGuide Domini canis

    I prefer Nicko, who's just awesome... however there are places (like the whole Hallowed Be Thy Name song) where I actually prefer Clive... yes, I think Clive did Hallowed better, so what?

    However, much as I love Nicko, this question really reminds me of the Theater's "Mike Portnoy x Mike Mangini" or Tull's "Clive Bunker x Barriemore Barlow" dilemma ... that is, I really like them both and the choice is difficult.

    Nicko has the advantage of having played on much more material than Clive, though. That's definitely important, too.
  15. Night Prowler

    Night Prowler ɹǝlʍoɹԀ ʇɥƃᴉN Staff Member

    I also prefer Clive on the songs he originally played on, except for Running Free. But overall Nicko is a better drummer, way more inventive. Clive mostly followed the other instruments.
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  16. Dityn DJ James

    Dityn DJ James A coma stole my name.

    Looking back, I agree. And yes what I'm saying is contradicting 13-year-old me :p. Clive's work on the first three albums is monstrous, though.
  17. Sth2112

    Sth2112 Nomad

    Nicko, Clive was awesome as well
  18. Niall Kielt

    Niall Kielt Pulled Her At The Bottle Top

    Such a hard comparison considering the difference in time served. What could Clive have done? Who knows but its hard to argue with Nickos legacy and them tom rolls and that Right Foot. That said, I love Clives performances live and recorded, he has such a swing that fits the Maiden of his time. So, overall, Terry Bozzio shades it by a hair lip. Just.
  19. Edu_Smith

    Edu_Smith Eduardo

    Clive forever
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  20. nuno_c

    nuno_c A hollow universe in space

    Had to go with Nicko. Clive had an amazing feel and groove going on, but overall Nicko is better and more "balanced"

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