Did you know that those pirates come from the Redbeard cartoon albums? The first time I saw them in a Asterix album, I had a 'wait-a-minute-I've-seen those pirates-before'-moment. It did cost quite a lot of my memory brain cells before the quarter dropped. Never seen that between 2 major cartoons-series before.
No, I've never read Redbeard-cartoons. But, I checked Goscinny and Uderzo had worked with the guy who drew these Redbeard-cartoons and Asterix-pirates we're meant to be a parody of that Redbeard-series. You learn smoething new every day .
I think, I could make a top-5 of drummers as well, but that would be more on a general appeal basis than on how they are technical rated, since I don't have that knowledge.
Yeah, don't know that much about the technical side, either. I never really liked those most technical drummers, singers or guitarists. It's mostly about how their playing seems to fit the song, in my opinion. This guy pretty much sums my thoughts.
5. Jukka Nevalainen - I just like Jukka behind the drums and his personality
Jukka is a good example. Not the best or the most technical drummer, but he has style. I've always loved how he plays She Is My Sin. I really dislike that basic power metal double bass-snare-thing (you know the one in almost each and every Stratovarius-song, for example). I find it really boring. But this one, there are all kinds of tasteful little fills and double-bass patterns and the overall rhythmic design is fantastic.