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The Ramones – Gone but Not Forgotten

We bid farewell to the late Ramones drummer via the best of the band on film, 1974-1978.

“When you BOO the Ramones, you are booing rock n’roll,” so said Supersuckers’ frontguy Eddie Spaghetti. They could be the truest words ever uttered.

Tommy Ramone, who died on Friday (July 11) at the age of 65, was the band’s first official drummer and the cool, streetwise rogue in the shrunken black T-shirt and oversized shades staring out from the cover of that 29-minute-sprint-to-the-finish first album.

An original member of the band, Tommy’s tenure in the group would last until 1978. During that time he played on arguably their three greatest records (Ramones, Leave Home and Rocket To Russia), co-producing each and underpinning the songs with a high-energy, no-frills style that combined with Johnny Ramone’s buzzsaw guitar to propel their music to thrillingly unhinged heights.

And if proof were needed of the New York punk icons’ foundation status in rock’s edifice, one need only survey the video evidence corralled below.

Strap yourself in, and prepare to break the sound barrier with the Ramones Mark I at their very, very best.

Great historical documents:

1. Judy Is A Punk:
Poor sound quality from this early CBGB showcase barely compromises a priceless period piece, as the chatter of the sparsely-populated audience are obliterated by the group’s primitive punk spew.

2. Loudmouth (Rehearsal footage,1975):
Transitional Joey shapes, but a newly powerful sound, live from Arturo Vega’s loft, Marchi 1975. Loudmouth has the best sound, then it enjoyably degenerates into footage shot off a TV screen.

3. Max’s Kansas City 1976 (two songs)
Super-tight thrill-kill assault on Max’s Kansas City. Pity that poor waitress…

4. “It’s Alive”, Pt.1 (full show, 1977)
My… how they’ve grown! Rightly legendary New Year’s Eve show at London’s Rainbow Theatre, later immortalized on the It’s Alive album, kicking off, as it should, with Blitzkrieg Bop. Guitar sound like being smashed in the face by Johnny Ramone, forever.

5. “It’s Alive”, Pt2 (Live London 1977, Pt2 – full show)
More of the awesome same. Note non-uniform punk audience featuring prog guy in big-ol’ shirt collars and fishing hat. And are you the Bay City Rollers lookalike doing the “wanker” sign during Cretin Hop?

6. “It’s Alive”, Pt3 (Live London, 1977, full show)
Dee Dee starts to look a bit tired, but the precision blaming never quite lets up. Witness the instant segue from Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue and closer We’re A Happy Family.

7. “Rockaway Beach”, 1978
Joey giving it loads to a hypnotized/bemused Hamburg TV audience, plus four kids going mental.

8. “Sheena Is A Punk Rocker” (1978)
The band’s pop-punk masterpiece, rendered in all its live glory on German TV in 1978.

9. Live at CBGB’s, Pt.1, 1977
Punk’s original fab four return to their home-from-home on June 10, 1977.

10. Live at CBGB’s, Pt.2, 1977
Part two of the band’s 1977 CBGB’s gig. Dig Tommy’s T-shirt featuring Easy Rider-style chopper.

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Ramones’ Drummer Tommy Ramone died at age 62

pHOTO: GETTY

PHOTO: GETTY

Last living member of The Ramones died July 11

 

Tommy Ramone, drummer in punk band The Ramones, has died aged 62.

News of Ramone’s death was confirmed via the band’s official Facebook page today (July 12). His death marks the passing of the last founding member of The Ramones.

Joey Ramone was the first of the Ramones to pass away when he died of lymphoma in April 2001, followed by bass player Dee Dee a year later who died of a heroin overdose. Johnny Ramone died ten years ago, in 2004, following a battle with prostate cancer. He was 56.

Ramone, pictured above alongside Dee Dee, Johnny and Joey Ramone, died in a hospice yesterday (July 11) following treatment for bile duct cancer, BBC News reports. Ramone was the group’s drummer from 1974 to 1978, and co-produced their first three albums.

The news of Tommy’s death was accompanied by the following 1978 quote of his on the band’s Facebook page:

“It wasn’t just music in The Ramones: it was an idea. It was bringing back a whole feel that was missing in rock music – it was a whole push outwards to say something new and different. Originally it was just an artistic type of thing; finally I felt it was something that was good enough for everybody.”

 

RIP Tommy

Watch: Pearl Jam Cover the Dead Boys With Joey Ramone

 
Via Rolling Stone
 

Pearl Jam have toured with a lot of amazing opening acts over the years, sharing the stage with Iggy Pop, Sleater-Kinney, the Buzzcocks, Cheap Trick and many, many more. But nothing is likely to top four American shows in September 1995, when the Ramones were on the bill. The punk icons were on a farewell tour that year, playing a career high 73 gigs. Their last gig together was September 17th at Tad Gormley Stadium in New Orleans.

During the encore, in a moment that Ramones super fan Eddie Vedder is likely to never forget, Joey Ramone came onstage and sang the Dead Boys classic “Sonic Reducer” with the band. This was obviously before the era of smartphones, but camcorders were rolling in the audience. Here’s the best available video, which was spliced together from two sources.

Despite pledging that they would break-up following their 1995 tour, the Ramones got a big money offer to headline Lollapalooza in the summer of 1996, so the tour kept going. They played their final show at the Palace in Hollywood, California. Eddie Vedder joined them for the final encore, a cover of “Anyway You Want It” by the Dave Clark Five.

Six years later, Eddie Vedder inducted the Ramones in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He spoke for 17 minutes. “They were armed with two-minute songs that they rattled off like machine gun fire,” he said. “It was enough to change the Earth’s revolution. Now it’s Disney kids singing songs written by old men and being marketed to six- and seven-year-olds, so some kind of change might have to happen again soon.”

Tragically, Joey Ramone wasn’t around to receive the honor. He passed away the previous April (Cancer claimed punk legend and Ramones founder). . Dee Dee Ramone died of a heroin overdose just three months later, and Jonny Ramone died of prostate cancer in 2004. Eddie Vedder spoke at his funeral.

With no support other than CBGB owner Hilly Kristal, the Ramones became the first of the New York punk rock and New Wave bands to land a major-label record deal. Their first four records, The Ramones, The Ramones Leave Home, and Road to Run are widely considered the blueprint for punk rock. The band’s legacy was further assured with its starring role in the Roger Corman cult-film, Rock and Roll High School in 1979. A year later the band wore their Sixties pop influences on their sleeves when they enlisted Phil Spector to produce their fifth studio album, End of the Century. The album featured a cover of the Ronettes’ “Baby I Love You,” their biggest hit in either the U.S. or the U.K.