I’m on a Ramones kick right now. Theirs is an amazing story. Their music is amazing. “Yes, I did just say that”. Listen to it. Upbeat, happy high energy, Jan & Dean inspired, weird ass shit. Puts a smile on my face every time and it gets me where I need to be. Besides, it’s a hell of a lot of fun to play on bass! Sure, everyone knows “I Wanna be Sedated” and “Rock ‘n Roll High School” but what about one of my all time favorites Bonzo Goes To Bitburg? Huh? Ramones Mania is the only Ramones cd I’ve got but it’s enough to get me by.
One of my brothers took me to my very first concert – Johnny Winter. (Note to self: future post on Johnny, “Life is Hard and Then you Die, Winter). There were 2 other bands opening. Middle band was Leslie West (yes, I am in “relic” contention). The very first opening act? Correctomundo! The Ramones. I can still see the frenetic movement of black leather jackets, white shirts and of course Joey’s signature hair. It was quite a rowdy crowd, lots of drunk people, an arena full of 15 – 20 somethings looking for a rockin’ good time. LOL
I felt bad. When the booing began. Yup, the Ramones were eventually booed off the stage. But ya know what, Leslie was booted early too. It was Johnny everyone wanted to see – Johnny Winter, not Johnny Ramone. A shame. This was at the advent of their career, no accolades yet as the first punk band, etc. They were still raw and…..original.
There’s a story from when the Ramones played a show in London very early on. A couple of members of the Clash were in the audience. After the show, it was either Johnny or Dee Dee who asked Paul Simonon if they were playing out. Paul’s response was “no we just rehearse….we’re not good enough yet….” to which Johnny (or Dee Dee) responded “hey, we suck man … just get out there and do it….”.
Here’s to everyone out there still trying……
P.S. Anyone else think that Joey Ramone was a clark?