Books, Movies, Music & Entertainment - RIP Johnny Ramone. We barely knew ya
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09-16-04, 08:57 AM
i just heard. which ramone was it again?
09-16-04, 09:00 AM
Cool as hell, even though he was a Republican in it for the money only.
Just heard the news myself. What a shame. :( I remember rockin' to the Ramones when I was growing up.
Some links to the story. A shout out to the band...
That's a damn shame. Gabba Gabba hey! Here's a link to a (mostly) all Ramones web radio station. Gabba Gabba Radio (http://ramones.rootoon.com/)
Obit from the hometown Village Voice:
"John Cummings went to military school; he was a construction worker, a nasty Queens hitter. He flirted with drugs and hippie regalia, but he knew that wasn't God's plan. Years later, in 2002, when his band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Johnny Ramone asked God to bless President Bush. If Joey was the heart and Dee Dee the soul of the Ramones, Johnny was the balls, the propellant for punk's most dysfunctional family, drilling through 22 years of hard touring, cross-addictions, personality crises, and bad breaks. In the recent documentary End of the Century, the feral guitarist comes off as a merciless taskmaster who browbeat his bandmates into a tight paramilitary organization. He stole Joey's girl, then refused to call his former bandmate in the hospital, even as the lead singer lay dying."
Punk love, ain't it wonderful?? ;)
I saw the band at the Paramount Theater in Seattle in 1978 and they were pretty awesome. I'm surprised at Johnny's politics though, 'cause I thought the band was fairly 'progressive' during the Reagan years - Bonzo Goes to Bitburg and all...
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