A tribute to the RAMONES - the best band in the world.

Ramones forever!

Ramones forever!

maniblog:

                     In Loving Memory Of  TOMMY RAMONE
I said  R I P Tommy before I went to bed

Then I woke up with a whole bigger, more intense  feeling.

I knew Tommy since the beginning of the Ramones-Dictators friendship, 

Which was a great one.

We were contemporaries, fans of each other’s bands.

Tons of love and respect. Musically, cut out of a very similar piece of cloth.

Tommy was a very quiet man. We were complete  opposites. REALLY!

A few years back, at the YIVO Institute of Yiddish culture in Manhattan, Tommy, myself, Chris Stein, and Lenny Kaye shared a stage, discussing Punk Rock and the Jewish connection. 240 people showed up to hear us Punk Jews opinionatin’ n’ shit. 

In all the years I have known the Ramones, Tommy and Joey are the ones I felt closest with. Joey was a real pal, who I hung with. DD a pal from a distance. Depending which DD showed up that day, we were close or not. 

Johnny, I always got along with. His surly rep, and vibe of wanting to be left alone and controlling  his environment always kept me at arms length. That was ok.I KNEW we had YANKEE love in common. I always depended on THAT as a conversation opener. Again, much mutual respect. 

I never had a lot of communication with Tommy. I did not know him well, as in being real close, good friends. But since day one, back in ‘76 or so, every single time I ran into Tommy, or shared some Punk Rock stage with him, there was never anything but good vibes. We were glad to see each other, with the silent acknowledgment that he and I shared something special on this planet (besides our January 29th birthdays)


I actually (Jeez, I hope THIS don’t make me MORE enemies!) always thought of Tommy as “The Normal Ramone”…Quiet, not involved in the bullshit, got out IN TIME..I could be wrong about this summation, but it’s how I thought of him anyway.

A coupla’  tree years ago, my family rented a house near Woodstock, NY…On a day we were to drive back to the city so I could record my radio program, we were gonna stop in  the town of Phoenicia first, to see Tommy and his woman do their bluegrass thing.

The skies opened up with rain, never letting up, and we opted for a straight ride to the city. I never got to see Tommy’s bluegrass band.

Tommy died in a manner I think was true to his quietness, his private ways. I had no idea he was sick, or in a hospice.

The thing that got to me today, the thing I spoke of at the top of this writing, was bigger than Tommy. Bigger than the Dictators. Bigger than the Ramones.(But not bigger than the BEATLES!)

It is my/our mortality


There are a fixed amount of experiences we will all have in our lifetime.

As I grow older, I lose more and more of the people that were part of my experiences. In this case, one of the great experiences of my life. Music, Punk Rock, CBGB, The Ramones. 

Four Original RAMONES. For my MONEY, THEE RAMONES. PERIOD.
GONE.

A whole section of my life, GONE. Now a memory. Like all experiences, they turn into a memory. 

But OH!, what a great memory it is.

Thank you for leaving the world the legacy, the JOY, known as THE RAMONES BODY OF MUSIC, Tommy me boy.

I’ll see ya’ up there, uh, wait, maybe down there….

REST IN PIECE my friend.

HDM
NYC
12 JULY 2014

maniblog:

                     In Loving Memory Of  TOMMY RAMONE

I said  R I P Tommy before I went to bed

Then I woke up with a whole bigger, more intense  feeling.

I knew Tommy since the beginning of the Ramones-Dictators friendship, 

Which was a great one.

We were contemporaries, fans of each other’s bands.

Tons of love and respect. Musically, cut out of a very similar piece of cloth.

Tommy was a very quiet man. We were complete  opposites. REALLY!

A few years back, at the YIVO Institute of Yiddish culture in Manhattan, Tommy, myself, Chris Stein, and Lenny Kaye shared a stage, discussing Punk Rock and the Jewish connection. 240 people showed up to hear us Punk Jews opinionatin’ n’ shit. 

In all the years I have known the Ramones, Tommy and Joey are the ones I felt closest with. Joey was a real pal, who I hung with. DD a pal from a distance. Depending which DD showed up that day, we were close or not. 

Johnny, I always got along with. His surly rep, and vibe of wanting to be left alone and controlling  his environment always kept me at arms length. That was ok.I KNEW we had YANKEE love in common. I always depended on THAT as a conversation opener. Again, much mutual respect. 

I never had a lot of communication with Tommy. I did not know him well, as in being real close, good friends. But since day one, back in ‘76 or so, every single time I ran into Tommy, or shared some Punk Rock stage with him, there was never anything but good vibes. We were glad to see each other, with the silent acknowledgment that he and I shared something special on this planet (besides our January 29th birthdays)

I actually (Jeez, I hope THIS don’t make me MORE enemies!) always thought of Tommy as “The Normal Ramone”…Quiet, not involved in the bullshit, got out IN TIME..I could be wrong about this summation, but it’s how I thought of him anyway.

A coupla’  tree years ago, my family rented a house near Woodstock, NY…On a day we were to drive back to the city so I could record my radio program, we were gonna stop in  the town of Phoenicia first, to see Tommy and his woman do their bluegrass thing.

The skies opened up with rain, never letting up, and we opted for a straight ride to the city. I never got to see Tommy’s bluegrass band.

Tommy died in a manner I think was true to his quietness, his private ways. I had no idea he was sick, or in a hospice.

The thing that got to me today, the thing I spoke of at the top of this writing, was bigger than Tommy. Bigger than the Dictators. Bigger than the Ramones.(But not bigger than the BEATLES!)

It is my/our mortality

There are a fixed amount of experiences we will all have in our lifetime.

As I grow older, I lose more and more of the people that were part of my experiences. In this case, one of the great experiences of my life. Music, Punk Rock, CBGB, The Ramones. 

Four Original RAMONES. For my MONEY, THEE RAMONES. PERIOD.

GONE.

A whole section of my life, GONE. Now a memory. Like all experiences, they turn into a memory. 

But OH!, what a great memory it is.

Thank you for leaving the world the legacy, the JOY, known as THE RAMONES BODY OF MUSIC, Tommy me boy.

I’ll see ya’ up there, uh, wait, maybe down there….

REST IN PIECE my friend.

HDM

NYC

12 JULY 2014

atoastonyourgrave:

creeptactics:

Jeffrey Ross Hyman 1951—2001
Douglas Glenn Colvin 1951—2002
John William Cummings 1948—2004
Thomas Erdelyi1952—2014
—CreepTactics

:’(

atoastonyourgrave:

creeptactics:

Jeffrey Ross Hyman 
1951—2001

Douglas Glenn Colvin 
1951—2002

John William Cummings 
1948—2004

Thomas Erdelyi
1952—2014

CreepTactics

:’(

Got this tattoo done on my birthday. Sweet!

Done by http://www.shessoheavy.com

Got this tattoo done on my birthday. Sweet!

Done by http://www.shessoheavy.com

My review of the debut full length by the coolest new band of the last few years, BLUES PILLS!

We’re back! This week, Sydney rocker Michele Madden joins the team and we take a walk through the wild side of rock n roll. Well, maybe, kinda, possibly, not really, ok maybe a little, and we mix it up with tons of stories and hilarious chit chat and fun times revolving around our love for music. There’s new, there’s old, there’s classics, there’s just awesomness all round. We talk rock news, give our thoughts on Baby Metal, and a whole slew of rock stuff happening in the world today. It’s a long one so strap yourself in and enjoy the ride! Have a listen right now by following the above link.

Enjoy tunes by:

Boris The Sprinkler

Far From Perfect

Spunkbubbles

Murder City Devils

Dead Kennedys

Bloodsucking Freaks

The Demon Parade

Marvelous Darlings

Interviewing this guy again tomorrow night. Awesome!

www.longgoneloser.com

Interviewing this guy again tomorrow night. Awesome!

www.longgoneloser.com

Mars Attacks. And why not?

Mars Attacks. And why not?

New episode of the Long Gone Loser Podcast is up for your enjoyment!

Enjoy tunes by these fine folk:
Brother Brick
The Hard-Ons
The Quadrajets
Dwarves
Against The Grain
HITS
Oblivians
Simon Chainsaw
Screamfeeder

The Hard-Ons are programming RAGE tomorrow night and this is what they’re playing…

The Bronx poster that I grabbed tonight done by Rhys Cooper. Managed to get them all to sign it too. Sweet!

Bunch of 45s by New Zealand rockers, The D4. Awesomeness!

And the setlist from when they supported AND YOU WILL KNOW US BY THE TRAIL OF DEAD and MOGWAI.

Bunch of 45s by New Zealand rockers, The D4. Awesomeness!

And the setlist from when they supported AND YOU WILL KNOW US BY THE TRAIL OF DEAD and MOGWAI.