You hit the nail on the head. To merely describe Mickey as bongo player & backup singer seems to understate his contribution to T Rex's briliant sound. As usual, it is you (well, you and Waltersalas)who contribute the most original and provocative insights to this forum.
For some reason, Mickey Finn's death saddens me more than the other two recent major rock star deaths. I suppose that I know that Joe Stummer and Maurice Gibb wil have many mourners; whereas Mickey Finn is, the the US at least, destined to continue to be underappreciated, even in death.
By the way, the credits on one of my son's PS2 cames (I think it is SSX) lists "Music By Mickey Finn"
Apropos of nothing, Zaikesman, I am now, and long have been, a huge fan of The Clash. Sandinista! ranks among my all time favorite albums. I attended every (rare) concert by The Clash that I could. Some friends of mine, both groupies and roadies, toured with the clash. I have a wealth of good Clash stories that I could share.
By the way Zaikesman, If I do not already know you, I am certain that we have friends and acquaintances in common. If business travel, or any other sort of travel, ever takes you to Chicago, I''l take you out for some beers and share my stories, not only about The Clash, but also about Dischord, The Bad Brains, SOA, and the early days of Club 930.
Next time you run into Ian, ask him what happened to Wattie's mohawk.