Appice was the drummer for the early psychedelic band
Vanilla Fudge, Cactus, and later for BBA which
stands for Beck (Jeff Beck
), Bogert (Tim Bogert, bassist
for Vanilla Fudge and Cactus). He was an early user of a two bass
drum setup (a la Keith Moon
) and inadvertantly caused John Bonham
to work insanely hard at increasing his bass
drum speed with one foot, because
Bonham thought Appice was playing so fast with a single foot. He was one of the originators (along with Bonham) of the power
template of rock drumming, playing heavily and with emphasis on volume from the bottom up (bass
drum dominant). He, like
Bonham, is far better than such
modern craptastic drummers as Travis Barker
and Neil Peart
(while Peart is actually
talented, he has no sense of what GOOD music actually
sounds like and simply likes to show
off his technical abilities, which are, admittedly, fairly
impressive). Appice is one of the most underrated
of the classic rock drummers.
Person 1: Hey man, listen to this Vanilla Fudge record. Carmine
Appice is really good.
Person 2: Who is Vanilla Fudge, and why should I listen to a drummer? Everyone knows the world revolves around guitarists.