Punk rock has been around long enough to hold within its musical boundaries a slew of albums considered both classic and essential. We here at Dying Scene love and appreciate these classic albums, but every once and a while we have the urge to challenge what the community has deemed sacred. Every Saturday, two Dying Scene writers will square off head-to-head and either attack or defend one of these so-called classics. Up for slaughter today is the Ramones‘ self-titled. Does the 1976 classic hold up today? You be the judge. Dustin Gates will be defending and Maggie Hobbs will be attacking.
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Friday, December 14, 2012 at 6:19 PM (PST) by bob9746
Something for you guys on a slow news day. It’s a high quality video of an entire televised Ramones set from 1977 in London.
Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 1:27 PM (PST) by whiskeytango6
Glenn Matlock, the original bassist and current bassist for the sporadically reunited Sex Pistols, and Tommy Ramone (of the Ramones, obviously) have planned an acoustic concert together. During the show each artist will play songs from their respective, legendary bands. The event is currently scheduled for November 14th at the Cutting Room in Manhattan.
Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 9:00 AM (PST) by bob9746
Think you know all there is to know about the legendary punk band Ramones? Get ready to challenge your knowledge of the bruddas, because the 2003 documentary “End of the Century” has surfaced online! The film tells the story of the Ramones from their beginnings in Forest Hills, Queens and earliest performances at New York’s CBGB’s to their unexpected induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002. It features comprehensive and candid interviews with members Dee Dee, Johnny, Joey, Tommy, Marky, C.J., Richie, and Elvis.
You can watch the whole thing here (it’s in 8 parts).
The Ramones released their final studio album, ¡Adios Amigos!, in 1996 before splitting up. Countless Greatest Hits compilations have been issued since the band’s demise.
Friday, September 14, 2012 at 4:31 PM (PST) by Bizarro Dustin
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 cover is New York punk legends Ramones covering Dee Dee King‘s “The Crusher”. Dee Dee King is, of course, the hip-hop alias of former Ramones bassist, Dee Dee Ramone. The song originally appeared on Dee Dee King’s first (only) album, 1989’s “Standing in the Spotlight”. Two years later, the song was covered by the Ramones on their final studio album ¡Adios Amigos!, with lead vocals performed by Dee Dee’s younger replacement, CJ Ramone.
You can listen to both versions here.
Thursday, September 13, 2012 at 5:51 PM (PST) by bob9746
An entire televised performance by the Ramones live in Germany in 1978 just surfaced on the interwebs. Good quality.
Check it out here.
Friday, August 31, 2012 at 12:20 PM (PST) by Bizarro Dustin
Every once in a while the punk rock geniuses here at Dying Scene like to unleash some punk rock trivia to enlighten and enhance the minds of you, the readers. Today’s trivia is about the legendary punk rock bassist Dee Dee Ramone and his ability to write more than just vicious two minute songs.
It’s no secret that the former Ramones bassist penned a large batch of the band’s songs, even after he left the band he would still contribute songs here and there. But did you know that Dee Dee Ramone also tried his hand at writing books? He had published three books total, two during his lifetime and one posthumously. Granted, two of those three were autobiographical in nature: “Poison Heart: Surviving the Ramones (aka Lobotomy)” and “Legend of a Rock Star: A Memoir: The Last Testament of Dee Dee Ramone”, but his third novel found him exploring the realm of fiction. Titled “Chelsea Horror Hotel”, the novel is a fictitious account of Ramone, his wife, and his dog visiting the Hotel Chelsea, believing to be staying in the very room that Sid Vicious had allegedly killed girlfriend Nancy Sprugen. Ramone is also visited by the ghosts of Vicious, as well as other dead punks such as Johnny Thunders, Stiv Bators, and Jerry Nolan.
It’s almost as if “Chainsaw” and “You Should Have Never Had Opened That Door” became a full length book!
Friday, August 24, 2012 at 3:45 PM (PST) by Bizarro Dustin
Every once in a while the punk rock geniuses here at Dying Scene like to unleash some punk rock trivia to enlighten and enhance the minds of you, the readers. Today’s trivia regards one of the finest punk rock bassists of all time, Dee Dee Ramone, and his regrettable decision to take his solo career in a direction he clearly couldn’t handle.
After leaving the Ramones, Dee Dee Ramone continued with various musical projects… the first of which was a hip hop album, “Standing in the Spotlight”, released under the moniker “Dee Dee King”. Taking a break from his usual style, Dee Dee tried his hand at creating an old school hip-hop album, full of silly rhymes and classic samples of 1950’s surf rock and doo-wop. It was poorly received to the point where it was said that the album “will go down in the annals of pop culture as one of the worst recordings of all time” and shortly after releasing “Standing in the Spotlight”, Dee Dee returned to guitar-based music which was undoubtedly his forte.
One piece of Dee Dee’s short lived career as a rapper did survive however: his song “The Crusher” was later recorded by his former bandmates and appeared on their final album ¡Adiós Amigos!, released in 1995. Interestingly, the Ramones version featured lead vocals by none other than Dee Dee’s replacement, CJ Ramone.
Interested in hearing the scratchy voiced punk rocker try his hand at rapping? You can listen to his song “Commotion in the Ocean” right here.
Sunday, August 5, 2012 at 12:48 PM (PST) by bob9746
Here’s a video of what punk looked like before most of us were born. It’s of the Ramones live from the Bolingbrook’s ‘Old Chicago Park’ in Illinois… the first shopping center and amusement park of the city.
Monday, July 16, 2012 at 7:28 AM (PST) by connor_maoil
Every once in a while the punk rock geniuses* here at Dying Scene like to unleash some punk rock trivia to enlighten and enhance the minds of you, the readers.
Long-time hip-hop/rap artist Ice-T has something that most modern-day rap artists don’t have: an extensive background in punk rock. Ice-T is not only just a self-proclaimed fan of the glory days of hardcore punk, but a direct participent in the genre, having recorded music and spoken word material with Pennywise, Jello Biafra (of the Dead Kennedys) and Black Flag’s Henry Rollins. He’s also recorded several hardcore covers of bands like The Exploited and Black Flag with numerous musicians. To hear some of these collaborations, click here.
Ice-T also fronts the rapcore band Body Count, his interpretation of rap/hip hop music with hardcore punk and speed metal. Check out their song “Cop Killer” here.
Additional fun fact: Ice-T’s 1987 hip hop album “Rhyme Plays” was the first to have the explicit “tipper sticker” warning, helping solidify him as the punkest dude in hip hop.
Saturday, June 16, 2012 at 6:22 PM (PST) by bob9746
Remember the days when you had to venture down to the local indie music store or head shop and drop $30 in hard-earned cash to buy old VHS tapes of bootlegs from your favorite bands? Thanks to the magic of YouTube and the patience of some aging punks, now you can find many of those same shows from the comfort of your couch with a few clicks of the mouse.
Today, we’ve unearthed the legendary Ramones, live in Newcastle, England, in October 1989. The lineup at the time featured Marky Ramone on drums, and marked CJ Ramone’s fourth-ever show with the band after taking over for Dee Dee on bass. The video quality is a little blurry, but what the hell…it’s a full, 32-song Ramones concert! Click here to view the tracklist and to enjoy the show!
Thursday, June 7, 2012 at 5:53 PM (PST) by jaystone
Ever experience deja vu when reading the track list of a new album? No, we’re not talking about covers. We’re talking song name rip offs, and we’re going to let you readers vote on which band you think does the title the most justice.
To kick off the “Same Name Face Off” (feature title subject to change), we’ve found a track called “All The Way” by Ramones and by Jackson United (featuring Chris Shiflett of Foo Fighters, his big brother Scott of Face To Face, and Pete Parada, currently of The Offspring). Click here to have a listen to both, and then vote on which one kicks the most ass!
Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 12:14 PM (PST) by Screeching Bottlerocket
Here’s something you don’t hear about punk rock drummers doing every day… Marky Ramone, the drummer of legendary punk act, Ramones, has proven himself to be a pioneer of the mobile food industry, by opening his very own mobile meatball truck in New York City, which he is calling “Marky Ramone’s Cruisin’ Kitchen.”
The truck will be serving 4 variations of the succulent spheres of meat that we have all come to love: Italian (beef), Asian (pork), American (turkey), and Mexican (chorizo). His not-so-famous marinara sauce will be included as well.
You can follow Marky Ramone’s Cuisin’ Kitchen on twitter for all of the meatball-related tweets your heart could possibly desire here.
Monday, May 14, 2012 at 12:49 PM (PST) by Johnny X
I don’t know about you but when Tom Gabel of Against Me! came out to the world about being (becoming?) a transgender I was shocked. After reading the news I looked up from my computer screen, stared off into space and proclaimed out loud to no one in particular, “I did not see that one coming.” But maybe I should have. And maybe a lot of you already did. If you read enough Against Me! lyrics Gabel certainly left us enough clues.
We want to make it clear that here at Dying Scene, we have nothing but respect and admiration for the courage this announcement undoubtedly took on Gabel’s behalf. This article is based on our own readings of the lyrics, and are therefore subject to being full of shit. But with that said; here are just a few examples of Against Me! lyrics that we think point toward Tom Gabel’s battle with gender dysphoria. Let us know in the comments if you’ve found others.