What’s your favorite Manu Katché performance?
His drum break in “Come Talk to Me” on [Peter Gabriel’s] Secret World Live totally opened my mind ten years ago.
“The Wild Wild Sea” by Sting. The man paints a portrait in that song.
His work on Boys for Pele by Tori Amos is so creative.
“Badman’s Song” by Tears for Fears. I’ve been listening to that track since it came out in 1989, and it blows me away every time.
“Animal” by Francis Cabrel. Amazing groove.
“Home” by Joe Satriani.
“Somewhere Down the Crazy River” by Robbie Robertson.
I love Manu’s drumming on I Took Up the Runes by Jan Garbarek.
Tracy Chapman’s Matters of the Heart album.
What records did you play along to the most?
Death Cab for Cutie’s Transatlanticism.
No Doubt’s Tragic Kingdom and Dream Theater’s Awake.
Mahavishnu Orchestra’s Between Nothingness and Eternity and Return to Forever’s Where Have I Known You Before.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Blood Sugar Sex Magik.
Led Zeppelin IV, Deep Purple’s Machine Head.
Robert B. Heyman
Radiohead’s The Bends and OK Computer and Nirvana’s Nevermind and In Utero.
Everything by Thin Lizzy.
Chicago at Carnegie Hall.
Living Colour’s Vivid.
Marc van Hout
Steely Dan’s Pretzel Logic and Rush’s A Farewell to Kings.
Shogun by Trivium, any Tool album.
Little Feat’s Waiting for Columbus.
The Police’s Zenyatta Mondatta.
If Not for Drums
Where would you be if drumming and music weren’t in your life?
I’d be in politics, activism, or the judiciary, following the family.
Wait, not drumming was an option this whole time?!
I’d be in a much darker place without music. It’s my love and my life.
DROPPED BEAT Photographer Nicola Ciccarone’s name was misspelled in Eric Singer’s January cover story.