Travis Barker Forces Existential Crisis With Boring Drum Covers On YouTube

Jan 15th, 2008 // 9 Comments

travis_barker300.jpgEver since reaching the end-all, be-all creative apex that was Blink 182, Travis Barker has wandered aimlessly through Garnier Fructis commercials and short-lived MTV reality shows. But now it seems he’s found his niche: drumming furiously over vapid pop-rap while stationed in his walk-in closet. At the height of the Soulja Boy “Crank That” frenzy Barker pounded out his own shirtless rendition, and now he’s at it again, this time with Flo Rida’s T-Pain-assisted ode to gifted club girls, “Low.”

YouTube itself is a massive exercise in futility, but I have to say–and do remember what my specialty is around here–that Barker’s videos just might be the most existentially exhausting clips on YouTube. A shirtless man more or less drums along to the beat of a song. What does it mean? And why do we need to look further than the kid next door with the drum set for this? At least with something like the sleepy kitten videos you get a modicum of preciousness.

It would be one thing if Barker improved upon or at least rearranged the original songs. But–and maybe this is due to my lack of formal percussion eduction–it kind of just sounds like he’s adding an extra layer of cacophony. God forbid he ever set his drumsticks upon Flo Rida’s five-minute birthday cake opus, which is already so offensively overproduced that an extra drum track might explode it into infinity:

Either way, we should all just keep our fingers crossed that he never considers the Alvin and the Chipmunks version of “Low” for the drum treatment.

  1. Al Shipley

    I’m a drum geek and happen to think Barker is pretty talented, and even I can’t be bothered to watch this video. That said, let’s not act like Southern rap is suddenly his new niche — he’s in a group with Paul Wall, produced one of the best songs on T.I.’s King, and has appeared in multiple Three 6 Mafia videos.

  2. Christopher R. Weingarten

    Dear Kate.



  3. R. Morast

    i’m with governmentnames, barker is very talented – especially considering he came from the punk spectrum, not a hotbed of drumming transcendence by any means.

    though, after watching barker’s reality stints i’m struck with something steve albini once told me (and a room of others), “drummers get to a point where they can only communicate through the drums.”

  4. Audif Jackson Winters III

    Yeah, I’m not gonna watch this, but this guy can actually play very well.

  5. Kate Richardson

    I never claimed he didn’t play drums well! It’s just that he’s not really doing anything here. Even if he’s drumming well it just sounds like a bunch of crashing with a song in the background.

  6. joshservo

    Regarding the Fructis crack, is there any way to quantify how much Barker has made off that seemingly endless series of commercials? I feel like they’ve been running since the dawn of television itself.

  7. FionaScrapple

    Needs more tattoos!

  8. Stumbled apon this the other day, keep up the goos work, i will be back for more.

  9. I Wish i was half the drummer travis barker is. so depressing.

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