Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich has been given the title of the “Douchiest Drummer Of All Time” by leading blog site Village Voice.
As Ultimate Guitar reports, author Nate Jackson gave the rather unflattering award to Ulrich, billing him as a “pompous windbag” with “enough ego to fill a stadium”.
Jackson cited Ulrich’s much-publicised stoush with Napster and claims that “he requires his roadies to put his socks on for him before his gigs” as factors that contributed to him receiving the title.
Check out his full statement below:
Who can deny that Lars Ulrich is the goddamn archetype of drummer douchebaggery? We’re not even talking about his legendary dust-up with Napster (after all, stealing pennies from a billionaire is still stealing, right?). Now, when it comes to Ulrich’s place on the list, it boils down to simple formula: the loudest mouth = the weakest link. James Hetfield has a voice that just about changed the face of metal; Kirk Hammett and the late Cliff Burton are solidified as two of the finest axemen to ever shred on the guitar and the bass. What can we really say about Ulrich’s drumming other than the fact it manages to not get in the way that much?
But look at any interview they’ve done as a group, from their long-haired hessian days until now, and you will see this pompous windbag address almost every question with enough ego to fill a stadium. Add that to the long list of evidence that includes basically the band’s entire 2004 documentary, Some Kind of Monster; a 2011 lawsuit filed against him by an assistant seeking thousands in unpaid overtime; and the fact that he requires his roadies to put his socks on for him before his gigs. Now that’s what you call a Grade-A douchebag.
Tommy Lee, Animal from The Muppets, Steven Adler and Phil Collins were not far off, all earning spots in the top five. Check out the full list in Jackson’s article.