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01/22/2003 Entry: "For Laurel, The Ramones and I"

This is for Laurel.

"One more thing about The Ramones - They MEANT it, man. I can't tell you what a relief it was to learn that The Ramones weren't some half assed Andy Kauffman Performance Art Stunt where they turned out to be a bunch of college kids from Connecticut who were into Frank Zappa, Jean Cocteau, and Douglas Sirk movies from the nineteen fifties starring Rock Hudson. But The Ramones were exactly what they appeared to be and the tastemakers quickly wrote them off in favor of . . . You know, Eighties shit. I don't have to name any names, do I? Good. Let's just move on before someone gets physically ill, shall we?"

John Saleeby on The Ramones over at Acid Logic. I like Acid Logic; they never let facts or reason or any of that kind of thing get in the way of a good time.

I like the Ramones, too, although I came rather late to actually doing anything about it. I'm old enough to remember co-ed slam dancing without a mosh pit and the Ramone's first album (seems like I heard "Blitzkrieg Bop" on Dr. Demento on KMET, which was quite a while ago), but, even though I saw Blondie at the Whisky a-Go-Go in 1977, I never really got into it. I mean, the alternative was disco, so I suppose I was a punk by default. I can't even remember what I was listening to in the late 70's, probably whatever KMET was playing, but that doesn't mean I was paying attention.

So, merely a year ago I bought the Greatest Hits Live CD and realized I'd been listening to the Ramones on some level for the past 27 years. Anyway, the day I had to pull over to listen to what I'd suddenly twigged was the Spiderman theme at 150 MPH, that was the last time I listened to that CD. After that, everything just seemed flat and dull and I needed time away from it all. Someday, if this Dinah Washington jag ever ends, I'll get back to the Ramones. Someday.

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The Ramones were real, much more real than the Sex Pistols or any of the LA punk bands that came along later. I loved them way back when and I still love them today, and they fucking rocked the house when I saw them in Staten Island in 1982 (or thereabouts). Joey Ramone was a Noo Yawk fixture, and I saw him often, down on the Bowery, getting cheap Polish food and hanging around McSorleys.

And the Ramones wrote "Bonzo Goes to Bitburg". Nuff said.

Posted by Laurel @ 01/22/2003 02:07 PM PST

 

 

 

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