Video of Blondie’s Clem Burke recording guest drums for the Melvins’ cover of the Kinks’ “Attitude.”
Initially I was a drummer, and I remember standing somewhere in public with a pair of drumsticks, and these cute girls came up and started talking to me. We hadn’t even played yet! It was actually uncomfortable. I thought, ‘Is that all I have to do? Just hold drumsticks?’ It immediately made me not like the girls.
“When Pearl Jam started talking about laying off on doing interviews and stuff, I had a Modern Drummer cover already in place to be done. One of those nights on tour in Italy was when I was doin’ the last interview with Modern Drummer. Kelly [Curtis, Pearl Jam’s manager] said something to the effect of, ‘You might just wanna lay off of that.’ And my response was that I’d already committed to it. And Kelly said, ‘Hopefully you’re prepared to deal with the consequences.’ If I had to guess at what moment I crossed the Eddie [Vedder] threshold into him makin’ a power move to get rid of me, it was probably that one.”
—former Pearl Jam drummer Dave Abbruzzese, from Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge
When Matt [Chamberlain, interim Pearl Jam drummer] called, I was in a funk band in Dallas called Dr. Tongue, and I was working at a head shop. My expertise was in the grow department, so if people would come in saying that they wanted to grow lettuce hydroponically in their closet—wink, wink—I would help them get set up.