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Friday Meditation: Remembering Joey Ramone

April 15, 2011

Photo is by the awesome Filip Wouters

Joey Ramone died 10 years ago today.  I really hope that he has become a rock hero in spirit, and not just a Che Guevara-like iconic face to slap on a t-shirt (though there is certainly nothing wrong with putting Joey on a t-shirt). I hope other bands, lead singers, and young-uns tearing holes into their jeans see him as more than just a style. To be Joey is to be sensitive, funny, and true to yourself. Let’s just leave “punk” out of this. To be Joey is to be heart and soul.

  • With Ronnie Spector
  • Circa 1999 interview with Joey. Broadcast by Seattle’s KEXP
  • The Boss pays tribute:
  • On Top of the Pops
  • A fine tribute to Joey and rock star heroes.
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6 Comments leave one →
  1. April 15, 2011 12:16 pm

    As I posted in a facebook comment today when someone remembered Joey… one of my greatest regrets in life is not having ever gone to CBGBs back in the day (around ’77) when bands like the Ramones, Television, Blondie and Talking Heads were playing there. I didn’t actually fall in love with the Ramones music until after I’d left NYC in ’78. They have always been my 2nd favorite punk band, after the Jam and before the Clash. RIP Joey.

  2. April 15, 2011 1:18 pm

    Those years of the baby punk scene seem so exciting! There seems to be such an explosion of creativity happening in one little spot. It’s no wonder that the old “everyone who heard The Velvet Underground started a band” phrase occured. It was probably next to impossible to NOT start something when you are surrounded by that much momentum. I love that the Ramones didn’t really want to be punks, they wanted to be The Bay City Rollers, but they couldn’t play that well, so they just did what they did and found the right place to be!

  3. April 15, 2011 3:30 pm

    Even though I never went to CBs I was definitely infected by the energy and exposed to lots of amazing music and street theater. There was a lot of buzz.

  4. IrishUp permalink
    April 16, 2011 7:24 am

    Agreed redlami – the live music scene in NYC in the punk era was super. CBGBs, Mudd Club, Lone Star Cafe, the Ritz; there was always so much going on in terms of live music then.

    Some good friends from HS were from Joey’s neighborhood (Forrest Hills, Queens); the Ramones and Joey were absolute HEROES to us.

    My HS class originally picked “Rocky Racoon” to be our senior song – a tradition where the class would rewrite the song to be full of inside jokes & references. School administration nixed this, on the grounds that RR was somehow all about drugs. In response, our class picked “I Wanna Be Sedated”. This was approved. Trufax!

  5. diane permalink
    April 16, 2011 2:53 pm

    Thanks for posting this. Joey was always my favorite and it’s nice to see him remembered.

    Also, for anyone interested there is a great book called “Please Kill Me” (oral uncensored history of punk), which if you haven’t read already is just amazing.

    Gabba gabba hey….

  6. April 21, 2011 12:35 pm

    Late to the party! Joey was my favorite Ramone and more importantly, I loved whenever he’d kindly give an face to face interview. He had lots of interesting things to say beyond punk, music or inky black hair.

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