David Barbarossa

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Dave Barbarossa (born 1961[1] in London, England) is an English drummer. He attended the Central Foundation Boys' School.[2]

As part of both Adam and the Ants and Bow Wow Wow, Barbarossa was instrumental in creating the "Tribal" drumming trend that was popular among British and some American bands, circa 1979–1983. The two most famous examples of this style were Bow Wow Wow and Adam and the Ants, but it also included Public Image Ltd., The Cult, and Killing Joke.[citation needed]

In the mid-1990s, Barbarossa was in Republica, which had chart success in the UK and America with songs such as "Ready to Go" and "Drop Dead Gorgeous".

After a period of playing 'sideman' for bands like Beats International and Chicane, Dave returned to his previous drumming style of the early 1980s with Horse Brothers.[3] He also exhibits this style with his band Cauldronated.

Barbarossa wrote his first novel, 'Mud Sharks,[4] which was published in October 2012.

Dave is part of CHANT, an open source band whose members include Youth and Jon Moss. He is also playing drums for Roland Gift of Fine Young Cannibals.


  1. ^ Strong, M. C. The Great Rock Discography. Pg. 5. Giunti, 1998. ISBN 88-09-21522-2, ISBN 978-88-09-21522-1
  2. ^ "Alumni". Central Foundation Boys' School. 2013. Retrieved 8 October 2015. 
  3. ^ "Horse Brothers". Horsebrothersmusic.com. Retrieved 18 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "Dave Barbarossa's books Ignite Books". Ignitebooks.co.uk. Retrieved 18 June 2013. 

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