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Clash stickman explains the benefits of drumming

Nick 'Topper' Headon of legendary punk band The Clash has explained the physical and mental benefits of playing the drums.

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Headon explained to BBC News that he loves playing the instrument, which he first took up as a child more than 40 years ago.

"Its a physical activity, it stimulates parts of the brain keeping the four limbs doing something different and it is primeval as well - drums were the first instrument," he remarked.

Topper was considered to be an integral part of The Clash during his four years with the band due to his ability to play a range of styles, from rock to jazz.

He appeared on the group's most famous album, London Calling, as well as Sandinista! and Combat Rock.

Headon made his comments as another drummer, Simon Lee, called on drum kits to be used to help people with learning difficulties and other disabilities, such as autism.

Mr Lee suggested that drumming can help to improve people's health.

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Posted on 10 Feb 2009 11:44 to category : Band / Celebrity News

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