February 19, 2009
It appears that several very important decisions will have to be made very shortly. Life and death shit.
I don't want to deal with any of that right now. I want to listen to the Ramones. The Ramones saved my life. Probably saved your life too.
After all, they made it OK to be me... an untalented, awkward, semi-adolescent, rock n roll loving reject. No matter how low I used to get as a kid, I knew that the Ramones were out there... and if they could survive, so could I.
After all, Joey and I were both from Forest Hills, both goofy, with the same stupid long hair covering our faces, the same ratty jeans and even the same cheap sneakers. And this was before I even knew who the Ramones were!!!!!!!
There was nothing like a Ramones concert!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The anticipation of them coming on...the martial drum beat (later it would be the theme for The Good The Bad and The Ugly)...the screams as they took the stage...early on Joey shouting "Yeaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhh, We Are The Ra-Mones, and this one's calllllllllled the Blitzkrieg Bop take it Dee Dee" and Dee Dee yelling "1-2-3-4". And then of course...CHAOS. Sweet blissful chaos for 70 minutes or so. With maybe a quick 3 minute cool down for "Needles And Pins" and than back to CHAOS.
And then, a couple of encores and it was finished. And the eternal question Ramoned: "What do you do after a Ramones concert?"
I'm getting chills down my spine just typing this.
I really miss the Ramones.
Here's a bunch of tribute songs from some bands that undoubtedly feel the same way as I do.
Gigantor - Ramones Control
Mr. T. Experience - The End Of The Ramones
Body Jar - The Song Ramones The Same
Sloppy Seconds - You Can't Kill Joey Ramone
Parasites - I Wanna Be Like Dee Dee Ramone
Jello Biafra - Joey Ramone (spoken word)
Now playing: Ramones - Beat On The Brat (live CBGB 1977)