The Ramones Videos You Need To Watch + Interview

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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Great historical documents: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.

Interview with The Ramones

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.

Watch The Ramones Play Their 13th Concert in the Summer of 1974 + Documentary + New Box Set

The Ramones - Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

The Ramones – Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Watch the newly formed punk band tear through three songs at CBGB

Set list:
Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue,
I Don’t Wanna Go Down to the Basement,
Judy Is a Punk

Via Rolling Stone Magazine

The Rolling Stone magazine announced today a new Ramones box set, Ramones: The Sire Years (1976-1981), which collects the seminal New York City punk act’s first six records, will see release on October 29th on Rhino.

For around $40, fans will be able to score the Ramones’ 1976 debut, Ramones; their 1977 follow ups Leave Home and Rocket to Russia; 1978’s Road to Ruin; 1980’s Phil Spector-produced End of the Century; and 1981’s Pleasant Dreams.

Rhino will also release an expanded digital set that includes those six physical LPs, plus the band’s output from the rest of the Eighties: Subterranean Jungle, Too Tough to Die, Animal Boy, Halfway to Sanity and their final record with bassist Dee Dee Ramone, Brain Drain.Formed in Queens in 1974, the Rhino set traces the Ramones’ legacy from three-chord maestros to punk pioneers willing to push the music beyond just loud and fast. To whet your appetite for the set, you can check out this incredible clip of the band performing their 13th-ever show at New York’s CBGB in 1974, two years before their debut. In classic Ramones form, they tear through three songs in seven minutes (“Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue,” “I Don’t Wanna Go Down to the Basement” and “Judy Is a Punk”), though it might have been less if not for a minor spat after Tommy insists the band play “Loudmouth” instead of “I Don’t Wanna Go Down.”

End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones (documentary)

 

 

Published on Apr 17, 2013

In 1974, the New York City music scene was shocked into consciousness by a band of misfits from Queens called The Ramones. Playing in a seedy Bowery bar to a small group of fellow struggling musicians, the band struck a dissonant chord that rocked the foundation of the 70’s music scene. This quartet of unlikely rock stars connected with the disenfranchised everywhere, sparking a movement that would resonate with generations of outcasts across the globe. Although The Ramones never reached the top of the charts, they endured in the face of fleeting success and crushing interpersonal conflicts by maintaining a rigorous touring schedule for more than 22 years. Tracing the history of the band over three decades from its unlikely origins through its bitter demise, END OF THE CENTURY is a vibrant, candid document of one of the most influential and well-loved groups in the history of rock.