March to the beat of

I sort of get the point. The drummer’s point of view concentrates on the business at hand. It includes, but blurs, the crowd of audience … even when there wouldn’t be one. And the beach ball the crowd is tossing around .. in all scenes?

Okay, this is a rock/pop/jazz band drummer, not a marching band drummer or marching army drummer — but the title is phrased in terms of marching, so that we would have an excuse to enjoy these performances of the same song. Same song, different drum.


  1. I’m not sure about the joke, but where does ‘marching’ come into it? The first comic’s drum kit is not that of a marching band’s drummer, and the only indication of movement is the golf cart…which I’m guessing is supposed to be part of the ‘joke’, whatever that may be.

  2. The stereotype is that drummers are focused and perhaps even obsessive about their craft. So I’m thinking the joke is that wherever the drummer is, he sees it like he’s at his kit. This is a guess, not a “Well, of COURSE that’s the joke!”

  3. Come on, you can’t forget the original, especially since it presents a different point of view.

  4. Stan, you are correct, there is no relevant basis for the tangential swerve onto marching. It was just the irresistible pressure of association, from drummer to different drummer to beat of a different drum.

  5. Thanks Blinky! I only found this about a year ago, never having realized that the Linda / Stone Poneys version was an adaptation. (And it explains some of the wording which in the 60s seemed a tiny bit odd for a female pov.)

    I also then found a few performances that had quite different styles too — but the majority were based from or branched from the Linda version. The Maya Burns performance is squarely a cover of the Linda version, but is interesting as the only one I thought could rival that for sheer vocal thrill.

  6. As The Monkees were beginning to deal with public backlash about how they did not write and play the instruments on their early recordings (backlash that won them the power to do both for a short time before the band splintered), Nesmith worked “Different Drum” into an episode of their TV show for this funny bit.

  7. This seems to be a juxtaposition of what a drummer would see and the “point of view meme” that is rather popular. The first is an obvious, realistic view. They get more absurd as they progress, ending with the ever popular “point of view in a bathtub” version.

    Point of view pictures seem to be a bit of a staple on different social media. There was the one with the woman reaching behind her taking her partner’s hand as they head off to various locales, and of course there are the ubiquitous pictures of people with their feet at different airports and locations. It is popular for people to have pictures of a view down their legs to a sunny beach or some other exotic location. The bathtub view is very common as well, intended to be enticing and seductive. Now cross that with what a drummer point of view is and you get a joke.

  8. @TedD, wow what a command of memes! Thanks for helping out with this.

    I have a weakness for posting pictures of cats resting with me (or on me) which often includes my pajama’d leg – but just because that was the only available point of view.

  9. And do we have an explanation of the beach ball? And why it is in all four scenes? @TedD, would your “pictures of a view down their legs to a sunny beach” include that? And does that have to mean the scribbly background is a beach crowd, and not a concert crowd? Wouldn’t the concert crowd be more in line with what his imagination would fill in?

  10. @Danny Boy: the beach ball is a symbol of a concert/festival, where beach balls are often bouncing around in the crowd.

  11. Coming back to comic strips, Scott Adams had his test strips for Dilbert that he sent out. A number of them were Dogbert sitting on Dilbert’s feet with perspective down his legs. I don’t know if any of the published strips used that.

  12. @jjmcgaffey, thanks for mentioning that – I’m relieved that I wasn’t the only one to pursue that dead end.

  13. Brian in STL, thanks for tracking that down!

    My comment in that thread – with the same two clips I used today – also lists others I had listened to, and then just mentioned today as interesting performances that do not follow Linda’s so closely.

    On the URL repair, so sad that is necessary for now. Thank you for putting up with it. As an alternative to editing-in CIDU.INFO, if the search gives comicsidontunderstand.COM a possibly easier edit could be to comicsidontunderstand.NET which is longer as a whole but few letters changed.

  14. I think it is actually something else
    1) tiny (far) heads at a concert (and fans tossing a beach ball)
    2) actually grass, somewhere with a beach ball
    3) more grass (and why not have a ball)
    4) little water blobs on a steamed up glass (with a sticker? to amuse the little kids being bathed?)

    see they’re different, but look similar, ha ha ha

  15. So that clip of Michael Nesmith “performing” “Different Drum” on The Monkees is actually rather poignant when you put it in context: he wrote the song (in 64), he offered it to The Monkees (the machine), who turned him down. It is a good song, as proved by the fact that it became a hit in ’67, reaching number 12 or 13. Meanwhile, the Monkees are given grief for not playing their own instruments, not writing their own material. And then the poignant topper, he does sort of get to perform his song, but in this hesitant, imposter syndrome style, as a joke.
    Was this performance on The Monkees before or after the Stone Ponies cover was a hit?

  16. To answer my own question: it appeared on The Monkees in ’66, so before the Stone Ponies version. Which means it was not a mea culpa late acknowledgement by the Monkees Machine that whoops, we were wrong, that song could of been a hit for us; it was more Nesmith working within the machine to do whatever he could to help the song, demeaning though it might be: there was a version of the song out by the Greenbriar Boys, and apparently even this parody version of it appearing on The Monkees was enough to give it wider exposure, possibly leading the way for the Stone Ponies cover that became a big hit. Good on Nesmith!

  17. Just as a point of information, The Stone Poneys used the nonstandard spelling shown.

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