40th Anniversary of Leave Home Release

Not to be outdone by the 1st album 40th anniversary, Leave Home is now available with a similar package. Lots of bonus material and remastered songs. What are you waiting for? Go get it! 3 CD/1 LP set containing two different mixes of Leave Home, a remastered version of the original and a new 40th anniversary mix by original Leave Home album engineer Ed Stasium, along with a treasure trove of unheard recordings, and an unreleased live show recorded in 1977 at CBGB’s. Produced in a limited and numbered edition of 15,000 copies worldwide and comes packaged in a 12 x 12 hardcover book. In addition to the music, the set also features stories about the band by legendary former manager Danny Fields, as told to renowned music scribe Michael Azerrad, as well as details about making the album by Stasium.
Leave Home 40th Anniversary

40th Anniversary Ramones 1st Album Package

40 years and it still sounds great. Nice booklet with this set. What are you waiting for? Get it! Limited Edition 3CD/1Vinyl LP Set Of The Ramones Debut Features Superior Remastered Stereo Version and New Mono Mix Of The Album By Original Producer And Mixer Craig Leon, Plus Rare And Unreleased Demos And Live Show Each set is individually numbered. Ramones 40th Anniversary Release

Ramones Tomorrow Show Interview

This lady is a dumb ass. If only the great Tom Snyder had done this interview that would have been some of the most awesome TV ever. Also an interview with Joey on Conan O'Brien's show from 1999.

CJ Ramone interviews by Fender / Tonight Show

These are some interviews with CJ that Fender did. He talks about how he got into the Ramones which is a cool story actually. He served his country and served us Ramones fans. I like the "bloody stump" line, funny but true. I've picked up the bass guitar and have been learning Ramones songs so I can relate. Lots of downpicking! Here is also a CJ era Ramones music video from their first appearance on the Tonight Show. Ramones music forever because that's what this blog is all about!

Dee Dee Solo Projects

Dee Dee Ramone Funky Man video. He left the Ramones to do this. I like it though, has that fun beat with the synth. Another of his solo ventures as Dee Dee King was the album Standing in the Spotlight. Mash Potato Time has him rapping in what can only be described as a Monster Mash type of melody and voice. Very weird. And of course the Crusher which the Ramones recorded with CJ. Dee Dee has 2 other solo albums that are more straight up Ramones style, Zonked and I Hate Freaks which contained Making Monsters for My Friends, also done by The Ramones. As these solo works show, Dee Dee was one of a kind.


Tommy Ramone passes away at 65

Tommy Ramone passed away July 11th at the age of 65. The last of the original 4 Ramones. Tommy played drums and produced the first 3 albums. In his later years he played in a bluegrass band called Uncle Monk. They are reunited now, I'm sure rocking the afterlife. Posts from bands all over the world appeared on the Ramones facebook page. The Los Angeles band X posted this: "There would be no X if not for the Ramones . RIP Tommy, Johnny, Joey, and Dee Dee." I'm sure that sentiment is shared by the countless bands they influenced over the years.
NY Daily News Article
Ramones Facebook


Pet Sematary

While searching for videos in the compilation below, I ran across this official video for Pet Sematary. I hadn't seen this one in a long time and watching it again I couldn't help but be all creeped out at the sight of The Ramones as they are slowly being lowered into a grave then topped with a grave marker. Yikes. Given the early demise of Joey, Johnny and Dee Dee this video is pretty hard to watch now. I find it kinda ghoulish and sad really. Anyway, here is the video, judge for yourself:


Ramones in Best of the 80's Poll

So my pals over at the Slicing Up Eyeballs blog are hosting a series of polls asking their followers to rank the top albums of each decade in the 80's. The Ramones aren't faring too well. Here are the results so far for the Ramones 1980 - 1986:
1980 - End of the Century #30
1981 - Pleasant Dreams #43 (tied with the Gun Club - Fire of Love LP)
1983 - Subterranean Jungle #55 (tied with Cabaret Voltaire - The Crackdown)
1984 - Too Tough to Die #37
1986 - Animal Boy #81

Polls yet to come:
1987 - Halfway to Sanity
1989 - Brain Drain

So there are two more chances to get the Ramones into the top 10. Will either of these albums get them there?

I certainly thought the Ramones would have ranked much higher in these polls. At least in the top 20. This is mostly a popularity contest but still think the Ramones should be higher up in all the rankings. I can't name a Cabaret Voltaire song whoever the fuck they even are. How does one of the Ramones best albums tie with some lame unheard of band? I'll take the tie with the Gun Club because Fire of Love was also a killer LP. Both of those should be much higher than #43. Animal Boy contained Bonzo Goes to Bitburg which was all over college radio IIRC. The best it can do is #81? End of the Century at #30? Too Tough to Die at #37? Those two alone should be top 10 albums. Not sure how some of this European synthesizer fluff is getting ahead of the Ramones but they deserve better and so does their legacy. Get in there and vote for the Ramones like I've been doing.

Let's listen to some Ramones from the 80's since we know the real deal.

I went to Rock n Roll High School, did you?


Arturo Vega passes away.

A great friend to Ramones fans and the band has sadly passed away at age 65. Arturo Vega, also known as "Artie" has passed on. He designed the Ramones iconic logos and served as "the 5th Ramone" being their lighting tech and also sold Ramones t-shirts that he also designed. He said he had only missed 2 Ramones concerts. A multi-talented artist. He also ran the Ramonesworld.com website. Another loss for the world of music and Ramones fans. Adios Amigo.


Ramones song in Coppertone ad

The Ramones song Blitzkrieg Bop is now appearing as background music in an ad for Coppertone Sport sunblock. Imagine, one of the greatest songs of the past 50 years reduced to background music in a commercial. At least the Diet Pepsi ad played homage to the legacy of the song. This one sucks.