Derrick Plourde

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Derrick Plourde
Derrick Plourde, 2002.jpg
Background information
Born (1971-10-17)October 17, 1971
Died March 30, 2005(2005-03-30) (aged 33)
Genres Skate punk, punk rock, pop punk
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Drums, percussion
Years active 1989–2005
Labels Fat Wreck Chords
Associated acts Lagwagon, Bad Astronaut, Jaws, The Ataris, Mad Caddies, Rich Kids on LSD

Derrick William Plourde (October 17, 1971 – March 30, 2005) was a drummer who was born in Goleta, California. Active between 1989 and his death in 2005, he was a former member of Lagwagon, Bad Astronaut, Jaws, The Ataris, Mad Caddies, Rich Kids on LSD, and others. Rush's Neil Peart and RKL's Bomer Manzullo are credited as influences to his playing style. Plourde was able to play very fast and accurately. He was also able to start and stop quickly which gave his playing a progressive feel.[1]

Suspected as bipolar[by whom?] and battling drug addiction, Derrick committed suicide by gunshot on March 30, 2005.[2][3]

His former band, Lagwagon, produced a tribute album titled Resolve in his honor. The first verse in the lyrics for the NOFX song "Doornails", on their Wolves in Wolves' Clothing album is about Plourde.[4] The song is a tribute to punk rock musicians who have died.

He also drummed for Mad Caddies on their album Rock The Plank. The Mad Caddies song Don't Go is possibly a tribute to him.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Kamm, Eric (September 10, 2009). "On Discovering Lagwagon". Drum! Magazine. Retrieved 27 March 2015. 
  2. ^ Harris, Chris (April 1, 2005). "Punk Rock World Mourns Derrick Plourde And Hideaki 'Billy' Sekiguchi". Retrieved 28 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "Derrick Plourde (1971-2005)". Retrieved 2011-10-24. 
  4. ^ Full lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics.

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