Top 5 Larry Mullen drum patterns

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Top 5 Larry Mullen drum patterns
« on: February 15, 2023, 02:37:20 PM »
Seems like a good time to pause and contemplate what makes Larry so special.

1-Bullet the Blue Sky
I know Larry was inspired by quite a few other drummers / songs on this one, but stillÖ Firstly, the production is perfect, the snare drum sounds amazing and the mix allows us to enjoy every subtlety Larry throws there. Lots of dynamics. I was haunted by this song for a long, long time.

2-Please
I believe this is where Larry found a good balance between his instinctive groove and the chops heíd learned along the way. I donít want to choose between the LP / single or live version, theyíre all amazing.

3-A sort of homecoming
For those who believed Larry was just a military surplus after WarÖ the intro to the following LP was clear : Larry Mullen Jr has depths. Daniel Lanois said he was a fan of drummers and he worked on textures with Larry with great effect !

4-The Fly
Itís kind of brutal but it fits the song perfectly. And it is so much more interesting than what he was doing on the demo (and Lady with the Spinning Head).
The way he uses the toms as most drummers would use a hi-hat is pure genius.
This is why Iím really not a fan of post Vertigo versions of this song, where his playing is way more conventional.

5-No Line on the Horizon
NLOTH is the first U2 album for which Larry used an electronic kit during jams. And on this song it allowed him to play with different textures throughout the song. Embrace technology, for the better.
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Re: Top 5 Larry Mullen drum patterns
« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2023, 03:14:19 PM »
Nice list.

SBS is obvious but itís fantastic.

Overall I love hearing Larry on Ovtober (album), just massive.

Also the R&H version of WOWY, he steals the song.

Some later songs include Walk On, 13, and LoH.

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Re: Top 5 Larry Mullen drum patterns
« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2023, 03:33:37 PM »
Not necessarily in order:

Bullet The Blue Sky
Stories For Boys
Daddy's Gonna Pay For Your Crashed Car
With A Shout (Jerusalem)
Sunday Bloody Sunday

HM: I Threw A Brick Through A Window, Breathe, Out Of Control
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We Get To Carry Each Other

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Re: Top 5 Larry Mullen drum patterns
« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2023, 03:42:52 PM »
Like a Song
Seconds
Until the end of the world.

Streets.
Breathe 

Plus the songs mentioned.

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Re: Top 5 Larry Mullen drum patterns
« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2023, 03:52:06 PM »
Larry's drum solo at the end of 'Like a Song' is about a minute.

His drumming in 3 of  the first 4 songs of War was very prominant.

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Re: Top 5 Larry Mullen drum patterns
« Reply #5 on: February 15, 2023, 04:25:38 PM »
Some really great tracks have been listed so far. For my five I'd add:

Dirty Day
Do You Feel Loved
FEZ-Being Born
Desire
Acrobat

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Re: Top 5 Larry Mullen drum patterns
« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2023, 04:46:15 PM »
Theres a lot to choose from! I think my favorite might be Zoo Station.

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Re: Top 5 Larry Mullen drum patterns
« Reply #7 on: February 15, 2023, 06:16:53 PM »
Mofo of course. Must be one of his best moments.

I've always loved the New York drum part, particularly the verses. I'm no musician so don't understand the technicals but New York feels like a different approach and stands out somehow.
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Re: Top 5 Larry Mullen drum patterns
« Reply #8 on: February 16, 2023, 08:31:56 AM »
Mofo of course. Must be one of his best moments.

I've always loved the New York drum part, particularly the verses. I'm no musician so don't understand the technicals but New York feels like a different approach and stands out somehow.

I like New York too. Larry definitely has some interesting beats and patterns that tend to slip under the radar. The beat for Beautiful Day is pretty great and definitely not the kind of thing you hear on a regular basis, especially on popular pop/rock songs. It's a really intriguing part and a nice shakeup of what could have been a standard beat.

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Re: Top 5 Larry Mullen drum patterns
« Reply #9 on: February 16, 2023, 01:36:50 PM »
Mofo of course. Must be one of his best moments.

I've always loved the New York drum part, particularly the verses. I'm no musician so don't understand the technicals but New York feels like a different approach and stands out somehow.
NY is interesting because it starts out as a loop. Then on the chorus the drumming is very reminiscent of Zoo Station.
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Re: Top 5 Larry Mullen drum patterns
« Reply #10 on: March 09, 2023, 10:41:04 AM »
Do You Feel Loved
Breathe
A Sort Of Homecoming
Mysterious Ways
Mofo
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Re: Top 5 Larry Mullen drum patterns
« Reply #11 on: May 11, 2023, 07:54:48 PM »
Quick question........How many songs does Larry use a double kick drum?

I'm thinking... Bullet, Until and Fly, but I'm not sure.

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Re: Top 5 Larry Mullen drum patterns
« Reply #12 on: May 11, 2023, 09:51:58 PM »
Quick question........How many songs does Larry use a double kick drum?

I'm thinking... Bullet, Until and Fly, but I'm not sure.

I donít think he ever has. All of those songs are easily playable with one.

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Top 5 Larry Mullen drum patterns
« Reply #13 on: May 13, 2023, 06:11:54 AM »
Quick question........How many songs does Larry use a double kick drum?

I'm thinking... Bullet, Until and Fly, but I'm not sure.

I donít think he ever has. All of those songs are easily playable with one.
Agreed.

Not many users of double kick drum in pop / rock, to my knowledge. In fact I donít know any.

Muse, maybe ?
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Re: Top 5 Larry Mullen drum patterns
« Reply #14 on: May 14, 2023, 07:16:26 AM »
In no real order

Acrobat
The Fly
Please
Wake Up Dead Man
Sort Of Homecoming
In the garden I was playing the tart
I kissed your lips and broke your heart
You
You were acting like it was the end of the world