With the recent passing of Tommy Ramone, the original quartet is gone – a sad reminder that life is oh, so fleeting.
I saw The Ramones twice back in the day, both times at the old Cleveland Agora, circa 1978-80, in essentially, a packed room. This was the ‘Marky’ era, as Tommy had moved on to concentrate on production etc.
I had the distinct pleasure of being crammed up against the left side of the stage staring up at Johnny Ramone slashing away on his Mosrite guitar, and to his left, the impossibly tall Joey at center stage, Dee Dee throttling the bass, and Marky in the back on drums.
Yeah, it was loud.
I’ve seen a lot of bands over the years – in just about every musical genre – and The Ramones were, to put it mildly, stunning to watch and listen to.
There was punk before The Ramones – much like there’s a sketch before a painting.
But punk as we know it – in all it’s distorted, DIY power-chord glory, came into crystal clear focus with The Ramones’ first album in 1976.
They’re in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for a damn good reason.
So, here we go – the “Lake Effect Year In Review”:
Apparently, many people go to the movies for all their social networking needs.
Headstone humor…I wonder if Venn was, in reality, cross-eyed?
The witch would’ve been better off seeing a dermatologist about the whole green skin thing.
Haven’t I read this stuff before? Like in a Penthouse magazine I found under Dad’s bed in 1973?
It’s amazing what greeting cards are able to do nowadays. Buy some. It keeps me working.
We all have goals. Mine is to see “Django Unchained’ at some point this week.
Zombies: trending down…
Ever have one of those days? Like, every day?
I liked “The Dark Knight” better.
I figured ‘Jack Russell’ sounded funnier than ‘Bichon Frise’.
I think a cool app would be one that turns every day into Friday. Or, better yet, eliminates Mondays.
The Americana music trend is now officially everywhere, including fashion. God help us, if the next trend is, say, 80’s techno…Kraftwerk, anyone?