7 Minutes in Heaven: A Celebration of Esme Barrera w/ Cigarettes After Sex (solo), Ted Leo, Jim Ward, the Crack Pipes, John Wesley Coleman, the John-Pauls, Sara O, Mahealani
"...Directed by: Michael Gramaglia and Jim Fields. You can’t help but feel conflicted watching this superb documentary about the seminal New York-based punk rock vanguard, the Ramones..."
"...Forty years ago, a bloc of Forest Hills outcasts debuted via a self-titled LP that sculpted punk rock for the ages. Thursday night, the Ramones’ catalog endured 18 acts’ own renditions...."
"...The father of Sire Records and vice president at Warner Bros. Records famous for signing the Ramones, Talking Heads, Madonna, Ice-T, and Depeche Mode considers Austin always worth the trip...."
"..."I hear all these people saying the Ramones are breaking up," snorts Ben Weasel, the notoriously outspoken Chicago punk musician (cur- rently one-third of the extremely Ramones-ish Riverdales and formerly one-quarter of Screeching Weasel) and Maximum Rock `N' Roll columnist renowned for his Ramones fixation. "I say, `Bullshit!' The Ramones aren't breaking up! The Ramones are saying, `Show us you love us! Buy a million records, and then we'll stick around!'"..."
"...Everybody thinks they know the Ramones. Everybody's wrong...."
"...The meme spread like a rash across the Internet, telling a tale more powerful than any news report: The cover of the Ramones’ eponymous, 1976 debut – wherein Roberta Bayley’s photo introduced the world to the de facto blueprint punk band – stripped of all four members...."
"...There’s nothing quite like the Ramones to get you through the holidays. Friday at Emo’s, longtime drummer Marky Ramone, backed by the Queers, rekindles the band’s best..."
"...Tommy Ramone, the last original member of the Ramones, died from cancer Friday. There’s little doubt that the musical and cultural impact of his band will last as long as Mozart’s...."
"...My living in New York in the Eighties and Nineties meant the Ramones were a local band. I wasn’t hip enough to have seen them at CBGBs, but I did catch them a few times after punk broke..."
"...Release of the Ramones' self-titled debut predates both those events, so as veteran journalist Martin Popoff notes, "Joey, Johnny, Dee Dee, and Tommy set a standard for short, shocking punk composition and disposition for years to come." In Ramones at 40, the Canadian writer constructs a concise history of the band and pinpoints their impact and influence on culture at large, detailing the delicate interpersonal relationships within the band, the craftsmanship behind the songs, stage show, and image, and the intense fandom the Ramones continue to inspire. Graphically and photographically exciting, it's one of the most worthy literary endeavors taken in Da Brudders' name...."
"...As powerful as the Buzzcocks, pop like the Jam, fast and melodic same as the Ramones, and youthfully explosive on par with Stiff Little Fingers, Sydney’s Royal Headache moshes populist perfection. The atomic punks’ Chaos in Tejas set in 2012 before the Clean at what’s now Cheer Up Charlies erupted..."
"...I figured if the manager of the Talking Heads, Ramones, and B-52s was calling me to say he had a new band, it was important...."
"...After all, as George Hickenlooper’s immensely engrossing documentary reveals over and over, the diminutive, shy, pageboy-banged gnome of late-night L.A. introduced the city – and by extension, the country – to future icons David Bowie, the Beatles, the entire glam movement, the entire punk movement, the Sex Pistols, the Ramones, Blondie, Oasis, Coldplay, and almost any other band you can think of that matters..."
"...Neutron covers all the requisite life-lesson bases -- think big, believe in yourself, parents really do know best; although one might balk at a few of the characterizations (the only black girl in a prominent part is never without her hip-hop-blasting headphones; Jimmy's best friend, Carl Wheezer, is fat and asthmatic, which might give impressionable kiddies the idea that Jimmy must be a hero for befriending such a slob). Still, minor offenses from a minor, but genial, holiday treat -- and bonus points for evening out the Top 40 soundtrack with the Ramones and the Go-Go's..."
"...Starring: Tom Arnold, David Paymer, Rhea Perlman, Kim Coates and Rod Steiger. How a Ramones ditty ever came to be the bright spot in this otherwise dull and annoying little comedy is anyone's guess..."
"...-- seem, in retrospect, to have been achingly more realized. The kids here just mope, pout, and whine to varying degrees until you want to ship them all off to Rock 'n' Roll High School so the Ramones can take a crack at 'em (“Teenage Lobotomy” never sounded so accurate)..."
"...Ramones, released April 26, 1976, remains one of rock & roll's most important albums. It certainly established punk's permanent blueprint: chain-saw guitar, breakneck tempos, reductionist songwriting reconfiguring classic pop DNA, and 2:30 time ceilings..."
"...RamonesRamones (Warner Archives/Rhino), Leave Home (Warner Archives/Rhino), Rocket to Russia (Warner Archives/Rhino), Road to Ruin (Warner Archives/Rhino) It's now accepted as common knowledge that the Ramones kicked off the slow-burning punk revolution, saving greater rock & roll from the flatulent bacchanal it had become in the mid-Seventies. Yet beneath Johnny's chainsaw guitar, Dee Dee's hoarse "1-2-3-4!" and the late Joey's paeans to pinheads and glue sniffers was a genuine reverence for Top 40's golden era that was missing from most of the bands that sprung up in the Queens quartet's wake..."
"...Then I went down to see the Ramones in Denver in March of '77. I didn’t really take them that seriously yet..."
"...RamonesRamones Raw (Image Entertainment)..."
"...4.5 stars --Jeff McCord RAMONES..."
"... "Apeman Hop," the Ramones, Animal Boy..."
"...Weird Tales of the Ramones..."
"...Ramones of the Day..."
"...Easter Sunday's announcement that the deadbeat Dad of American punk rock had expired, hot on the heels of a vague announcement that the 49-year-old singer was in the hospital (where so many of his songs were set) being treated for lymphatic cancer, still has many people looking like they've just gone through shock treatment. Joey (real name Jeffrey Hyman) would be happy to know that in death he has already caused a ruckus much like that he raised in life; upon hearing of Joey's passing, local poster artist Billy Perkins asked himself, and 101X, "Do we have a true alternative radio station in this town or not?" In an e-mail missive sent to several big guns at the LBJ-S radio station family plus a few print media types, Perkins announced, "I intend to hijack 101X for the first half of the Flashback Lunch hour to play a tribute to the Ramones..."
"...Innovator Michael Hall then set another precedent when he organized the first Hoot-with-a-theme, this one being an all train songs affair. Soon, theme Hoots ruled the game, either as topical ones (ala the Train Songs Hoot, or the Seventies Hard Rock Hoot, with lovingly sloppy renditions of your favorite Z-28-and-a-hash-pipe classics performed by the locals) or in salute to bands both classic (Led Zeppelin, Ramones, etc.) or dubious ("Yeah, there was probably an Archies Hoot Night," sneers Escovedo)..."
"...Austin Chronicle: You’d been a professional musician for over a decade by the time you joined the Ramones: Two albums with pioneering heavy metal trio Dust, proto-punk glam rock in Wayne County & the Backstreet Boys, obviously Richard Hell & the Voidoids. You brought a musicality to the Ramones they hadn’t enjoyed previously...."
"...If You Like the Ramones ...by Peter Aaron Backbeat Books, 278 pp., $16.99..."
"...This particular bit of Escher-esque self-meditation seems especially fitting. Many years ago Juke did a poster for a Ramones' Austin performance that ended up being faithfully imitated for a Ramones' album cover..."
"...Trachtenberg: Drummers Billy Higgins and Mambo John TreanorBest Box Set/ReissueBeets: Ramones, Ramones, Leave Home, Rocket to Russia, Leave Home..."
"...The behind-the-scenes look at how women are bulldozed into anorexia and low self-esteem is one of the scariest things around. Here's a bit of trivia on House of Wax(2:30pm, TCM) involving Vincent Price, the Ramones, and Austin..."
"..."The triangle was very much a symbol of Roger's lyrics. The prism belonged to the Floyd." – Alejandra Ramirez RamonesRoad to Ruin (1978)..."
"...GA: That was primarily written by Shanti and I think she wanted to have an empowering song from a fun perspective with a Ramones feel...."
"..."I liked being angry," wrote guitarist Johnny Ramone not long before his death from prostate cancer in 2004. "It energized me and made me feel strong." Short, sharp, and unapologetic, Commando reads like a Ramones song..."
"...For me, the stuff that I was into – I wanted to sound like Blondie or the Ramones. Our record didn't have that cool, slick-attitude presence of Blondie, and it didn't have the power of a Ramones record..."
"...I read a story once about a young man who happened upon the Ramones LP Leave Home. He thought they were good enough, if a little out of tune, but the album didn't make the Earth stand still or anything..."
"...He was Chris Jagger to Mick, a talent in his own right forever consigned to his big brother's shadow. With punk chronicler Legs (Please Kill Me) McNeil, the two coax stories from the remaining Ramones plus an assortment of friends, musicians, ex-wives, and parents, reconstructing Joey's catapult to cult stardom, a story that started beside Leigh then rocketed past him..."
"...RamonesIt's Alive: 1974-1996 (Rhino)..."
"...No less than Sir Bob Geldof once noted, "Rock music in the Seventies was changed by three bands: the Sex Pistols, the Ramones, and the Saints."..."
"...I started going to UT and met some friends there who knew a lot more about music. They turned me on to the Ramones, and it just went on from there...."
"...Well, I thought this column had already had its share of obits in recent weeks, but the Music department has decided that we should have a moment of noise for the second of the Ramones to pass from this plane, Dee Dee Ramone, aka Douglas Glenn Colvin (no relation to Shawn?). If you haven't yet, crank up the stereo with your fave Ramones tune (if Cindy Toth hadn't sold my 8-track of Rock & Roll High School, that would be my first choice), and keep it going until your next door neighbor gives Lt..."
"...Joey RamoneDon't Worry About Me (Sanctuary/BMG) While Don't Worry About Me couldn't possibly measure up to the Ramones' first three albums, Joey Ramone's solo debut is at least more compelling than most of the band's latter-day output, and that would still be true even without the sad poignancy of the singer's death from lymphoma last year. Produced in piecemeal fashion by Daniel Rey whenever Ramone was well enough, the disc blasts off with a joyous punk rendition of Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World" that interpolates the Sex Pistols' "Pretty Vacant" as an unlikely but effective foundation..."
"...No, they won't have Glenn Danzig or even any of the many rumored star replacements we've heard about over the years. However, the remaining Misfits are said to be playing three sets, one being an all-Ramones set with guest Dee Dee Ramone and the other an all-Black Flag set with guest Dez Cadena and Robo Valverde of that classic act..."
"...Parents Mike (Henderson) and Cindy (Hendricks) are sending their petulant daughter Kinsey (Madison) to boarding school for reasons that are never fully spelled out in the movie. There’s mention of Kinsey frequently ditching classes, and she wears a testy teenager’s attitude on her sleeve – needlessly, as it turns out, since the rest of her torso is covered throughout the entire film by an emblematic Ramones T-shirt..."
"...In 1976, the Ramones reduced rock & roll to a high-speed chase defining both them and punk rock. On the releases that bookended the genre's mythic year of arrival, 1977, January's Leave Home and November's Rocket to Russia, da brudders' methodology was perfected...."
"...Wed. 15, Hotel Vegas, 7:15pm Operating since 2010 at a weird crossroads of Exile-era Rolling Stones, the Ramones, and the 1910 Fruitgum Co., the Bad Lovers are dirty, messy power-pop for a generation that specializes in fake biker gang jackets, facial hair, Pork magazine subscriptions, and chronically bad decisions born of junk food, cheap beer, and cheaper crystal meth..."
"...Luckily, six-string messenger and singer Deven Ivy and the Redman brothers rhythm section continue gaining momentum on the power of the threesome’s willfully destructive live shows. On that alone, they earned the stamp of approval from the music business legend responsible for signing Madonna, the Ramones, and Talking Heads – Seymour Stein, who then sccoped up the locals for his iconic Warner Bros..."
"...Judging by the juiciness of what’s offered up in Danny Says, more books and movies about Fields’ life should be in the offing. Cognoscenti have long noticed that his name and involvements pop up in tangential ways whenever reading about the Warhol crowd, the Doors, Iggy Pop, the Ramones, and so many others..."
"...In April 1976, the Ramones' debut serves as worldwide notice that the aggressive, high-speed rock & roll Débris desired had arrived. He, Darling, and Zinc dub themselves DeSade until the following month, as the Sex Pistols busy themselves writing "Anarchy in the UK" in London..."