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Put a Rim Shot on It

How Fred Armisen turned comedy into punk rock, and vice versa

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PUNK MUSICIAN JENS HANNEMANN IS famous for his “Complicated Drumming Technique” instructional videos, which, back in the late ’90s, you could find in music stores (they’re now available on YouTube). He is not famous for offering aspiring drummers anything close to helpful: At one point, the super serious, bizarrely accented Hannemann explains how to pull off an elaborate rhythm by endlessly repeating the words left and right, often at the wrong time. He sits behind a ridiculously elaborate drum kit, looking vaguely like late Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, but also resembling the wideeyed, just-left-of-handsome Fred Armisen.

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