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The 27 Greatest Pop Punk Records According to Ben Weasel

This morning Screeching Weasel released two holiday songs titled “Christmas Eve” and “New Years Eve”, they also announced that they will be kicking off 2018 with two intimate shows on Friday, February 16th and Saturday February 17th at Reggies in Chicago (tickets on sale December 15th at 10am CST). Frontman, Ben Weasel has also taken the time to address the recent Rolling Stone “Pop Punk” list with his own list and we got our our hands on it! Check it out (along with a playlist of his picks) below!



Weird Al Yankovic covers “Beat On The Brat” by The Ramones

Here’s something cool I didn’t think I’d be writing about today.  You can now listen to the wonderful Weird Al Yankovic’s version of The Ramones classic song “Beat On The Brat.”  The song comes from the upcoming compilation album Dr. Demento Covered In Punk, and unlike most of Yankovic’s other songs, this one is not a parody but a straight up cover.  And it’s a really, really good cover at that.  Check it out below!



DS Exclusive: Phil Marcade (The Senders) on The Ramones, Nancy Spungen and the cast of characters on “Punk Avenue”

 

If we were running down a list of the most famous, and infamous, figures from the epicenter of the fledgling punk rock scene in New York City’s Lower East Side in the mid-1970’s, we’d have to scroll pretty deep into the annals to find the name Phillipe Marcade. Marcade fronted the high-energy blues punk band The Senders that were staples at such legendary venues as CBGBs and Max’s Kansas City for the bulk of the late 1970s and early 1980s, and yet neither the man nor the band really got the credit that they deserved outside a twelve-block radius.

Yet Marcade was every bit as entrenched in the 1970s Lower East Side as any of the Ramones or Debbie Harry or Johnny Thunders or Legs McNeil or any of the others whose names come more easily to mind. In fact, to hear one-and-only McNeil tell it in the Foreward to Marcade’s brand-new book, Punk Avenue: Inside The New York City Underground 1972 – 1982, Marcade, “while not a household name, was friends with everyone at CBGB and Max’s Kansas City, and a bona fide member, in good-standing of the New York Punk Rock Scene.”

We caught up with Marcade over the phone from his home in Italy to discuss Punk Avenue and the early NYC punk scene in more detail. Still the purveyor of a heavy Parisian accent, Marcade is equal parts humble and engaging. That he ended up with this particular story to tell is the result of a series of profoundly fascinating circumstances. A native of France, Marcade took a trip to Amsterdam as a teenager that led to a chance encounter with a American traveler named Bruce, which, in turn, eventually resulted in Marcade spending several decades in the Lower East Side, but not before stopovers in Boston, a longer stay in Amsterdam, a hog farm in New Mexico, and…his eighteenth birthday “party” in a Federal Penitentiary in Florence, Arizona. It seems that even in the 1970s, the feds frowned on shipping large quantities of straight hash across state lines…

Marcade might have ended up in the gritty, tough-as-nails Lower East Side in the early 1970s by happy accident, and yet that’s not an entirely bad way to describe the foundation of the scene itself. Given the transient, underground nature of the close-knit, artistic community that found itself magnetically pulled to that neighborhood at that time, it’s not a stretch to say that punk music as we came to know and love it would not — could not — have started anywhere else and come out the same. The thing about living and thriving in the geographical center of a once-in-a-generation social and cultural and artistic movement is that you don’t realize you’re there until you’re gone and the moment has passed. That’s especially true when you’re viewing said geographic center from the wide eyes of an outsider. “I thought it was so magical and exciting,” says Marcade, quickly adding on that he “thought that was probably because I was new in New York, and to everybody else I thought it had always been like that. Only years later did I realize that no, that was a true revolution going on at the time!

While perhaps unaware of the importance of the movement that he was a direct witness to at the time, Marcade did, at least, recognize sheer talent when he saw it. “I think that the first very important band of the movement, without being in the movement really, was Dr. Feelgood in England. They really changed things around.” Once the music moved toward this side of the pond, the cream quickly rose to the top. Says Marcade: “The Ramones and the Heartbreakers and The Cramps were just amazing groups. I’m so glad I got to see them.” And see them, he did. Especially The Ramones, whom he estimates he saw roughly “a hundred times.” When asked of his insider’s perspective on whether or not Ramones were, indeed, worthy of what’s become iconic, almost mythological status, Marcade answers an emphatic yes. “They were just amazing! They were so good. I never went to a Ramones show and left thinking “eh, that wasn’t that great.” They never ceased to amaze me!”

On the other hand, perhaps not as worthy of her iconic, mythologized status was Nancy Spungen. Marcade knew knew Spungen prior to, and in fact had a hand in encouraging, her fateful 1976 move to London. “I always thought Nancy was kind of a sad soul, a lonely girl,” says Marcade with a hint of sadness present in his voice for the first time in our conversation. “Everybody was so fucking mean to her,” a fact that led to her leaving her heroin-addicted cat (“Oh, that fucking cat!”) with Marcade and heading to London, where she’d eventually, infamously, cross stars with the Sex Pistols’ Sid Vicious. “I think a lot of people misjudged her because of the way she carried herself, and because of the whole heroin thing. But knowing her before, she was a sweet girl. She was as much a victim as Sid. She was not that “evil woman” that turned poor Sid Vicious on to drugs… I don’t subscribe to that theory!”

There are no shortage of memorable characters and stories and moments peppered throughout Punk Avenue. Truth be told, the four-page glossary of supporting characters is almost overwhelming (and would probably better serve the reader if it appeared as a reference index to refer back to). That Marcade can recall such a large volume of names and faces and coincidences is no small feat in and of itself. “It’s funny,” says Marcade, “because I seem to have a very, very good visual memory, and when I think back to an anecdote like that, I can really remember it well.” As the project neared completion, he fact-checked and cross-referenced some of the stories and their corresponding dates with some of his surviving companions, though most stories required only little tweaks.

Yet the real noteworthy feat is not simply remembering stories, but weaving them together in a way that is fun and funny and sad and personal and gripping, whether you’re a fan of early the early NYC punk scene or not. Marcade not only does exactly that in expert fashion with Punk Avenue, but he does it in a language that’s not his first. It is perhaps that wide-eyed outsider’s perspective that keeps everything fresh and exciting and new and real to the reader, especially when the stories involve such Herculean figures. Aside, maybe, from Please Kill Me, it’s hands-down the best read about the Who, What, When, Where, Why and, especially, the How of the origins of the punk rock scene as we know it. Punk Avenue is out now, and you can pick it up at Amazon or Barnes & Noble or Target but hopefully at an independent bookseller near you!

Head below to read the text of our full half-hour conversation with Marcade. Aside from what’s touched on above, we cover a lot of ground, including the changes (read as: gentrification) in the Lower East Side in the forty years since the dawn of punk civilization, which bands from the scene got unfortunately overlooked, and which more recent bands have carried the torch most surprisingly. The results may surprise you!



The Jasons (bubblegum slasher-core, New Jersey) release video for “I Wanna Be An Asshole”

Inspired by equal parts of Ramones and the Friday 13th Movies, The Jasons are a hockey masked, leather clad mashup of slasher movies and bubblegum powerpop. If this sounds like your kind of thing, then check out their latest video for “I Wanna Be An Asshole” from the album “Get Fucked” below.



The Hallingtons stream new album “Running From The USSR”

Oslo pop-punks The Hallingtons have just started streaming their brand new EP “Running From The USSR”. Featuring four fast and pumping tracks that revel heavily in the band’s Ramones influences, it’s well worth a listen. Check it out below.

The album is available on their Bandcamp page for a price of your choosing.



Useless ID stream new song “We Don’t Want the Airwaves”

Israeli punk veterans Useless ID are streaming their brand new song “We Don’t Want the Airwaves”, which pays tribute to The Ramones, and you can listen to it below.

“We Don’t Want the Airwaves” is the title track from Useless ID’s upcoming EP, which due out May 6th via Fat Wreck Chords. It’s also expected to appear on the band’s upcoming album, which is due for release this summer and will be their first one since 2012’s Symptoms.



Punk Magazine 40th Anniversary Exhibition to open in NYC

We all heard about the god-awful CBGBs restaurant opening up at Newark Airport, but all hope is not lost. There are still cool, classic punk happenings emerging in the New York City area.

A Punk Magazine exhibition is due to open up at Howl! Happening: an Arturo Vega Project in the Lower East Side. The exhibition celebrates the 40th anniversary of the first issue of Punk Magazine, the cover of which featured Lou Reed and was illustrated by John Holmstrom, the magazine’s founding editor.

The exhibition will be up for two weeks only and will feature work by Holmstrom, as well as new work by fellow artists who contributed to Punk Magazine in the 1970s. Ken Weiner will be drawing “Ugly Portraits” during the show’s opening night on Thursday, January 14th.

Punk Magazine had an immense effect on the world of punk rock, both in music and fashion. It brought the punk movement out of the shadows and into the hands of the public, shining a light on youth culture, rebellion, and overall snottiness. Punk rock fans won’t want to miss this one-time-only exhibition!

Howl! Happening was born in memory and admiration of Arturo Vega, often regarded as the fifth Ramone who created the band’s legendary logo. Vega was a fine artist. He passed away in 2013.

The Punk Magazine 40th Anniversary Exhibition will run from January 14th through January 30th at Howl! Happening: an Arturo Vega Project. The gallery is located at 6 East 1st St. New York, NY 10003. The opening reception starts at 6PM. You can read more information about the exhibition and the gallery here.



10 things you probably didn’t know about the Ramones

There’s a pretty good chance you are at least familiar with the name the Ramones. They may be well-known as pioneers of the American punk rock scene, but how much do you really know about them? To help educate you we’ve put together a list of 10 things you might not have known about this iconic band. Expand your knowledge below.



New Video: Energy cover Ramones’ “Pet Sematary”

Fun new music video from Energy, just in time for Halloween!

The Boston-area punks covered the classic Ramones track “Pet Sematary” for their 2013 EP “New Worlds Of Fear,” but the track is now being rereleased, and it’s accompanied by a music video. Check that out below!

Energy’s last album, A Tribute To The Misfits, was released for free download on February 18, 2014.



CJ Ramone announces European tour

CJ Ramone ― the former bassist of the Ramones ― has announced a month-long European tour, which begins in November. According to his booking agent, more dates are expected to be announced shortly. The dates and locations announced thus far can be viewed below.

CJ Ramone put out a new record titled Last Chance To Dance nearly a year ago on Fat Wreck Chords.



Random Cover Song: BL’AST! – “Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue” (The Ramones)

Cover songs are like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re going to get. We here at Dying Scene love hearing punk bands do their own take on other band’s songs. Sometimes they pull off amazing interpretations of old classics, sometimes they’re not much more than humble tributes to a fellow artist, and other times they’re just downright laughable renditions of otherwise great songs. Good or bad. Intriguing or mundane.  We’ll let you be the judge.

Tonight’s cover comes from BL’AST! and their cover of the Ramones classic “Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue”. The original version of the song first appeared on the Ramones’ 1976 iconic debut album, and BL’AST! recorded their version for the 1991 tribute album Gabba Gabba Hey – A Tribute to the Ramones.

You can listen to both versions of the song below.



Random Cover Song: Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers / Ramones – “Chinese Rocks”

Cover songs are like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re going to get. We here at Dying Scene love hearing punk bands do their own take on other band’s songs. Sometimes they pull off amazing interpretations of old classics, sometimes they’re not much more than humble tributes to a fellow artist, and other times they’re just downright laughable renditions of otherwise great songs. Good or bad. Intriguing or mundane. We’ll let you be the judge.

Today’s song is “Chinese Rocks,” which has been performed by both Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers, and the Ramones. The song has a bit of a convoluted history: it was primarily written by Dee Dee Ramone with contributions from Richard Hell (something that both Ramone and Hell agreed upon), but when it was time to record the song the rest of the Ramones vetoed it so Dee Dee gave the song to Hell, who was then still a member of The Heartbreakers. Even after Hell left the group they continued to play it and recorded it for their debut (and only) studio album, 1977’s L.A.M.F., falsely crediting the song to Thunders and Heartbreakers drummer Jerry Nolan in addition to Dee Dee Ramone and Richard Hell (future pressings of the album would go on to credit the song to three of the Ramones, but not Hell).

The Ramones recorded their version for their 1980 album, End of the Century, with the title being changed to “Chinese Rock,” and a slight alteration in lyrics, removing Dee Dee’s name from the opening lines. You can listen to both versions of the song below, and read more about the song’s history here.



Music Video: H.I.T – “Ela Levou Minha Camiseta dos Ramones”

Brazilian punk act H.I.T have released a music video for their song “Ela Levou Minha Camiseta dos Ramones” (translated from Portuguese as “She Stole My Ramones T-Shirt”). You can watch the video below.

“Ela Levou Minha Camiseta dos Ramones” is taken from H.I.T’s self-titled EP, which was released last February and you can stream it on their Bandcamp page.



Marky Ramone shares excerpt from “Punk Rock Blitzkrieg”

Marky Ramone, known best through his stint as drummer for the Ramones, recently released a book discussing his time as a member of one of the most famous punk groups of all time. Titled Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life As a Ramone, the book is now widely available. However, for those that would like a taste of the release before making a purchase, Marky has released an excerpt via Rolling Stone which describes his first personal encounter with End of the Century producer Phil Spector. Check it out here.



Morrissey to release Ramones Tribute

Remember in August how we told you about all those major Ramones’ events in the works in 2016? Well, we have a little bit more news and you won’t have to wait half as long for it happen!

As part of Record Store Day’s “Back To Black Friday” event on November 28th, Morrissey will release his “best of” tribute album. Most people will be either stoked or livid. I’m actually completely unsure how I feel about this right now. Either way, the vinyl “Morrissey Curates The Ramones” will be available just three weeks from now. Read below for more info on the release and the albums logo.

Record Store Day’s website notes the following:

“..This compilation reflects Morrissey’s experience of listening to the band for the first time. With the sad passing of Tommy recently, both management and Morrissey felt this was a fitting tribute. The use of the Union Jack on the cover reflects both how important the band were to the UK music scene but also how the UK embraced them and their sound.”