Remembering Dee Dee Ramone's Rap Album on Its 25th Anniversary

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Dee Dee Ra...er..King, a "Funky Man"
This weekend is the official 40th anniversary celebration of the Ramones, which is being celebrated at Bowery Electric with a giant tribute concert. With a legacy that has influenced everything from music to fashion, the imprint they've left on worldwide pop culture only seems to grow with each passing year. But while everyone's rightfully caught up in the proper acknowledgement of their groundbreaking '70s output, another milestone for the group is being overlooked. Well, maybe milestone is a bit generous, as it's more of a kidney stone, but regardless it's one of the most peculiar pop culture moments of all time. Yes, Ramones bassist Dee Dee Ramones' rap album under the name Dee Dee King is turning 25.

See also: Our Interview With Tommy Ramone Was One of His Last

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Casting Martin Scorsese's New Ramones Movie

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Goodfellas: Ramones get the Scorsese treatment
A couple weekends ago, word got out that an upcoming Ramones biopic would be helmed by one of America's greatest living filmmakers, Martin Scorsese. The movie would be one of several band-related projects slated for 2016, the 40th anniversary of the bruddas' debut album, Ramones.

Scorsese isn't that odd a choice to direct a film about the groundbreaking punk band. He's a New Yorker who loves music, and directed The Last Waltz and Shine a Light. He also knows what to do with a good story. Like The Wolf of Wall Street or Raging Bull, the tale of the Ramones is a fascinating one, filled with underdogs, victors, losers, users, lovers, betrayers and a litany of insecure gods.

See also: Our Interview With Tommy Ramone Was One of His Last

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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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Joey Ramone around 1980.
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!

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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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