2. Nine Inch Nails, "March of the Pigs" - Fucking monstrous. Post-industrial industrial, where the synthetic is broken down and reclaimed by the undergrowth, visceral nature reclaiming the man-made.
3. Helmet, "Unsung" - Fitting title. Love the way the snare hits right in between the dead spaces of the guitar in the verses.
4. Adam and the Ants, "Stand and Deliver" - Pop revelry. Having been born after the song came out, I can't fully imagine how thrilling it must've sounded to hear those Burundi drum rolls popping out of every radio.
[It was pretty fucking thrilling let me tell you! Live too: the Ants, just on the very cusp of superstardom, were my second gig. #1 = Slits, #3 = Killing Joke.]
5. Smashing Pumpkins, "Hummer" - Have to give a nod to the (former) beat-keeper for my favorite band. Coming from a jazz background, Jimmy Chamberlin has a subtle and varied touch characterized by wonderful little flares and flourishes, but he can pound it out as hard as fellow alt-rocker Dave Grohl whenever the music warrants it.
6. Ready for the World, "Oh Sheila" - Skirting your rules a bit, as from what I've heard this is a main drum beat with fills overdubbed on top. Rock-solid groove, though. An exemplar of why I love the more uptempo end of '80s R&B that eventually evolved into new jack swing.
And to close, some levity:
John Mullen, with Christmas drumming