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Can We Stop Calling Clash Drummer Topper Headon 'Underrated'?

Topper Headon

My PJ Media colleague Allston has just launched his call for your "greatest rock drummers."

(Be sure to add your nominations in his comments.)

Allston will annoy a lot of people by saying that Keith Moon wasn't a good drummer.

I'll leave it to actual drummers and other musicians to fight that out.

As a fan of The Who, I don't necessarily disagree; Pete Townshend has said as much, but added -- and this is the key -- that The Who wouldn't have been The Who without him.

Even Moon himself acknowledged his technical limitations by joking that he was "the best Keith Moon type drummer in the world."

But I wanted to get in on Allston's round up early, by nominating someone who other drummers say was highly skilled technically.

They also insist on calling him "underrated" -- there are 14,000 Google hits and counting -- to the point at which that word has almost replaced his real nickname, "Topper."

Surely being called "underrated" for 20+ adds up to The Clash's Nicky Headon -- "the human drum machine" -- qualifying as one of the best?