I think I've read that a lot of the earlier stuff is mostly, or entirely, Eric, that his demos became the finished recordings, etc. But Furr, DotV, Goldwing? The drums sound pretty consistently amateurish and naive--I mean this as a high complement. The drumming is more MUSICAL and Ringo-like than 99% of rock drumming (& if the tracks ARE played by someone who took lessons, learned flamadiddles and press rolls, worked through the Dick Demers book, etc., then to have unlearned all that shit and gotten back to the communicative core of drumming is a pretty astonishing feat (so different from the guitar leads, which, despite being semantically coded as "loose" and 70s-like, are frighteningly tight and left-brained
I mean, the real question may be, who cares? I think it does matter in a sort of music appreciation sense--I mean, I'm so consistently in awe of this music, I want to know how it's made. I mean, if you are served a bowl of amazingly crispy, pan-seared brussel sprouts, don't you immediately set about trying to reconstruct how they must have been prepared? It's in our nature, as caveman scientists, to want to know. I want to meet the watchmaker. Are we listening to amazing ensemble playing, or is there a single intelligence animating it all? Eric seems to be an infinitely flexible vocalist, so I guess I wouldn't be surprised if all those other sounds resided in him, too.