[Mark's Drummer Influences]

I was listening to some of the Rahuna Tunes again - what's wrong with me? Anyways, listening to "Sugar and Milk" reminded me that when it came to double bass drums, I was mostly influenced by Corky Laing's (Leslie West's Mountain) drumming style. I also listened to Clive Bunker of Jethro Tull, Ginger Baker of Cream and Carmine Appice of Vanilla Fudge and Cactus. Lots of other forgettable drummers (like whoever played in Alice Cooper) had a double bass setup, but never actually played both drums. By far, the drummer who influenced me more than any other was Dave Garibaldi, especially his drumming on East Bay Grease. Phil Collins was probably the second-most influential drummer for me, especially after seeing the Lamb Lies Down concert. He went downhill fast for me after he switched to pop music.

Speaking of Mountain, I always thought "Nantucket Sleigh ride" was by far their best tune. "Mississippi Queen" was way overplayed and I got tired of it faster than you can say "Stairway to Heaven" - another overplayed and worn-out song from the 70's.

- - MR