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Friday, May 22, 2015

The Origins of David Letterman's "Are Those Your Drums?"

Posted By on Fri, May 22, 2015 at 2:35 PM

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David Letterman loves drums more than the guy outside your apartment window who won't stop banging on those bongos. At least, that's what you would think after watching this famous internet clip of him asking various musical guests about their kits, but according to Chart Attack, it's all a long-running joke.

Which, considering Letterman's personality, makes more sense.

Bill Scheft, a writer for David Letterman, explained the long-running joke in a recent Tumblr post.

This started in earnest about a year or so ago. The Kaiser Chiefs had finished playing and the lead singer slipped Dave a $20 bill as he walked by. Dave, always looking to one-up, turned to the drummer and said, “How much for the drum kit?” The drummer named him a price, and he bought it. Before that time, for years, we had strolled up during the break while the stagehands set up and looked at the various kits. Most of them were rentals from SIR, but when a particularly interesting one was trotted out, Dave started asking (with his back to the audience and his audio on) “Are those your drums.” 

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Matt Saincome is SF Weekly's former music editor.


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