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Moe Tucker
Maureen Ann "Moe" Tucker
(born August 26, 1944, in Levittown, New York) is a musician best known for having been the drummer for the rock group the Velvet Underground. Tucker first began playing the drums at age 19. When she was asked to join the Velvet Underground, Tucker had dropped out of Ithaca College and was working for IBM as a keypunch operator. The band's original percussionist, Angus Maclise, had left in November 1965 because he felt the band sold out when it took a paying gig. Tucker was drafted because Velvets guitarist Sterling Morrison remembered her as the younger sister of one of his college friends who played the drums. Tucker was frequently noted for her androgynous appearance.

Tucker's style of playing was unconventional. She played standing up rather than seated (for easier access to the bass drum), using a simplified drum kit of tom toms, a snare drum and an upturned bass drum, playing with mallets rather than drumsticks. She rarely used cymbals; she claimed that since she felt the purpose of a drummer was simply to "keep time", cymbals were unnecessary for this purpose and drowned out the other instruments.

Apart from drumming, Tucker sang co-lead vocals on three Velvet Underground songs: the acoustic guitar number "After Hours" and the strange poem set to music "The Murder Mystery", both from 1969's The Velvet Underground album, as well as "I'm Sticking with You", a song recorded in 1969 but left (officially) unreleased until it appeared on the 1985 outtakes compilation VU. Lou Reed said of "After Hours" that it was "so innocent and pure" that he could not possibly sing it himself. In the early days, Tucker also occasionally played the bass guitar during live gigs. (further more on wikipedia)

Links To Peel

As a fan of the Velvet Underground, Peel was keen on the material from ex-members of the band.

Sessions

MOE TUCKER John Peel 18th February 1992

MOE TUCKER John Peel 18th February 1992

1. Recorded: 1992-02-18. Broadcast: 03 April 1992. Repeated: None

  • Blue All The Way To Canada / Fired Up / Trains / Too Shy

Other Shows Played 

(The list below has been compiled from the database of this site, along with listings from Lorcan's Tracklistings Archive. Please add any missing information if known.)

1989
1991

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