Our Interview With Tommy Ramone Was One of His Last

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Miss the midriff: Now they're all gone.
Sometimes, guys change Rock and Roll because they're prodigies, re-writing the rules as a result of their virtuosity. In that category, you'd have a guitarist like Jimi Hendrix, or a demonic drummer like Ginger Baker. Then there are the sneaky little simpletons. The ones who keep things so spare, they make you listen to the music with brand new ears. In this equally-important category, would be Tommy Ramone. Tommy played supersonically-speedy tempos with such a ridiculous-rich simplicity, cavemen might've laughed at him. But certainly not after he inspired a thousand other drummers to do the same. And most certainly this weekend. The last remaining original Ramone has died. Tommy is gone, goddamn it! Dead of cancer at age 62.

See also: Joey Ramone Would've Turned 63 Today


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Joey Ramone Would've Turned 63 Today

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If you want to speak to Tommy, you have to somehow get ahold of his agent, who says the legendary drummer has retired. Joey, Dee Dee and Johnny are no longer alive. Marky emails you, "Ugh! That Bash is still going on? I want to steer clear of it. Don't think it has anything to do with the band!" In other words, even with so many of them dead, The Ramones are still causing trouble. However, considering May 19th marks the 14th Joey Ramone Birthday Bash and essentially coincides with 'da bruddas' 40th anniversary, it's astonishing anyone's left to talk about The World's Greatest Punk Band.

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The Ramones Are Finally Mastered For iTunes

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The Ramones. You're familiar, yes? Well, their fast and furious dirty three chord romp has never been mastered properly for iTunes. Until now!

See also: The 50 Most NYC Albums Ever

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Andrew W.K. Recruited for Ramones Cover Band Featuring an Actual Ramone

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In hard partying news, Andrew W.K. has been tapped by the last remaining Ramone to provide lead vocals in Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg - a Ramones cover band - on their upcoming world tour.

Formerly led by Misfits' singer Michael Graves, Blitzkrieg has been carrying the torch of the Ramones' punk legacy by performing sets jam-packed with around 30 pogo-friendly songs from the band's songbook.

According to a statement from the drummer, he was initially drawn to W.K. as a lead singer thanks to Andrew's "party philosophy, which has also always been my exact take on life."

See also: Take Our Andrew W.K. Party Tip Quiz!

Along with the rest of Blitzkrieg, W.K. and Ramone will be taking over the world this summer and fall with two stops in New York, including the tour kick-off show at Santos' Party House. Tour dates after the jump.

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The Ramones (1) Take On Anthrax (16) In The Queens Division's First March Madness Matchup

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The Round of 64 for Sound of the City's own version of March Madness—in which you, the Sound of the City voting public, help determine the quintessential New York musician—continues, and you get to vote on who makes it to Round Two. The first pairing in our Queens division pits its top seed, three-chord punks the Ramones, against the Big Four thrashers in Anthrax. Check out the arguments in favor of each, then cast your ballot at the Sound of the City facebook page.

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Watch A 37-Year-Old Clip Of The Ramones At CBGB

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Via SOTC pal Will Hermes—whose new book about New York's music scene from 1973 to 1977, Love Goes To Buildings On Fire, comes out next week—here's a clip of the Ramones playing at CBGB sometime during the summer of 1974. (Hermes' blog has a ton of other archival footage from the period covered by his book.) In the grainy video they play "Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue," "I Don't Wanna Go Down To The Basement," and "Judy Is A Punk"; note, also, the glam-inspired moves Joey throws into his performance here and there. Clip below.

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Today's Three Signs That The Concept Of "Punk" Has Reached An Awkward Age

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These riches could be yours.

1. The CBGB brand is up for auction.
Not all that surprising a development given the financial woes suffered by the company that used to hold the trademark had. But still a little sad? Especially because of the high odds that Forever 21 or Urban Outfitters wins out?

2. Nouvelle Vague's loungey cover of the Dead Kennedys' "Too Drunk To Fuck" used in an alcohol-awareness campaign has been yanked from an ad campaign because of concerns that it actually encourages people to binge drink.
"Heineken's aim was to link the idea of 'relaxed consumption' of beer with music that had been 'uncharacteristically slowed down' from the original track." Maybe someone should re-record the track as "Too Drunk To Figure Out A Coherent Advertising Campaign"? Jeez.


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Rock-Critic Pop Quiz: How Many Ramones Can You Name?

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The Voice has spent the week celebrating the 60th birthday of one of New York's greatest treasures, Joey Ramone. We've made our To Do Lists of things we "wanna do" and things we "don't wanna do," and we've stolen the "Joey Ramone Place" sign on E 2nd St. about a dozen times in the last 24 hours. We figured the best way to round out the week would be testing our smug, smarty-pants rock critics on how well they know a band that has absolutely nothing to do with Brooklyn. So we asked 15 music writers:

Can you name all seven Ramones from their various lineups?

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Four Bands Carrying On The Ramones' Legacy In 2011

Joey Ramone would have been 60 years old on May 19. This week, in celebration of the birthday of the Queens-born gone-too-soon punk legend, Sound of the City will run a series of features on his life and his legacy.

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The Ramones may have shouted their last four-count 15 years ago, but whether you see the band as idiot savants spitting out rudimentary songs at machine-gun pace as best they could or as avant-pop deconstructionists of Phil Spector and The Beach Boys, there's no denying the stain they left on generations of punks to come in their wake. Here's a guide to a few bands that are chewin' out the three-chord rhythm on their bubblegum.

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Q&A: Jesse Malin Looks Back On His Friendship With Joey Ramone

Joey Ramone would have been 60 years old on May 19. This week, in celebration of the birthday of the Queens-born gone-too-soon punk legend, Sound of the City will run a series of features on his life and his legacy.

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Jesse Malin at Joey Ramone's Birthday Bash in 2008.
Talk on the phone to punk-tinged singer/songwriter Jesse Malin about Joey Ramone, and you don't need to see his eyes--his voice gets misty. As he did for so many others in his time, Joey was for Malin, a combination of protective older brother, School of Rock-style teacher and fellow mischievous street kid, the kind of guy who can be easily imagined as someone egging on a friend on to throw water balloons from rooftops. SOTC spoke with Malin about his relationship with Joey, which was sparked by a cold call many years ago.

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