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MY INTERVIEWS WITH CJ RAMONE
Copyrightę 1997, 1998 -> for everything in this page by Jari-Pekka
Laitio-Ramone and CJ Ramone
THESE ARE MY EARLIEST INTERVIEWS WITH RAMONES BASSIST CJ RAMONE, SO
FIRST ONE IS MADE IN SEPTEMBER 1997 AND SECOND 1998.
LATER I HAS DONE MANY INTERVIEWS WITH CJ.
MOST LONG INTERVIEWS YOU CAN
FIND FROM MY BOOK RAMONES:
SOUNDTRACK OF OUR LIVES. BOOK HAS 14 PAGES MY CJ
MY INTERVIEW WITH CJ RAMONE: PART 2 JANUARY 1998
Question 1) Los
Gusanos debut album just came out, what you think about it and can
you say your own favourites of it?
(Jari-Pekka's note afterwards: there was published different versions of
with different sleeves. First was published in 1997. USA version was
published in April, 1998).
LG's first album is really our first songs we've ever written. I think
we did a good job in the studio trying to capture the live energy. I
like the heavier tracks like Dead Man's Curve, Carve Your Name, and Go
Question 2) What you thinked about this signing happening in New York on
November 25th, 1997, as it was first time in history 6 Ramones member
did appearance?(See more
I liked getting together with the rest of the Ramones for the autograph
signing in NYC. Especially because Dee Dee and Tommy were there. It
was really packed and we got a chance to say goodbye to alot of our NY
Question 3) You became to the daddy. How life is changed and what are
your feelings to be father? You are first of the Ramones members to have
Things haven't changed much since my son was born. I'm just a lot
busier and I get no sleep! I love it though, and wanted to do it a
long time ago but needed a girl to do it with!
We're Outta Here CD and video came finally out. It's over
year of Ramones retirement. Which had your own favourite happenings on
The best part of the final
show was playing next to Lemmy (Motörhead) and hanging with Donita
Question 5) Why you didn't played on
gig (probably child's
born was reason)?
I don't play with the Remains any more because LG is so busy. In fact
we will be in Europe and Scandinavia in May and June. We'll post the
dates at our website as soon as we have them. Hope to see you there!
MY INTERVIEW WITH CJ RAMONE: PART 1: SEPTEMBER
Question 1) What are your future
plans with Los Gusanos and in general? And where are you living now?
Since the Ramones retired I
have been living in Long Island, New York where I grew up. My
girlfriend moved in with me from Hawaii and we are expecting a baby in
November. Los Gusanos will be touring the eastcoast of the US in late
October with a great band called the Independents. We also hope to
record a new cd in November- December.
Question 2) What The Remains is doing and what did you like of it?
I did a few shows with Dee Dee, his wife Barbara and Marky, under the
name the Remains. Dee Dee was always my favorite Ramone so I couldn't
pass up the chance to play with my idol. It was just for fun and I
don't think we will do it again.
Question 3) How did you met Los Gusanos
members and how did you become
Me and the rest of Los Gusanos played on the same scene on Long Island.
"Dirty" Ed Lynch has been playing bars since he was 13. "Big John"
Chadwick is married to my sister and Bo "Lefty" Matheson has been
playing the scene as long as I have. We've known each other a long
Question 4) Could you say some words about Ramones members when you
Playing with the Ramones was a dream come true. It wasn't always great
though. I took a lot of shit from the fans in the begining, but Johnny
always told me not to let it get to me. He really helped me out. I
guess I learned a lot from all 3 of those guys. Some good, some bad.
People ask if I'm still friends with them. I never was. They were my
boss'. I didn't hang out with them. I would go back home after a tour
and see the same friends I had before I was in the Ramones. I hate to
say it but the one thing I learned from them was you can't trust anyone
in the music business.
Question 5) Could you analyse with your own words Ramones records where
The first CD I did with the Ramones was Loco Live (Loco
Live is recorded in Barcelona, Spain in March, 1991). Probably
Ramones record ever unfortunately. It wasn't our fault though. We
were forced to work with a producer who had no idea of what the Ramones
should sound like. Besides that Marky went into the studio and
overdubbed all of his hi-hat and cymbal tracks and stayed in the studio
during the mixing to make sure his drum tracks wre louder than
Mondo Bizarro was next. I think it was a good record.
next. Should've been an EP. The songs that were good
rocked. The bad ones really sucked.
Adios Amigos was a weak farewell
record. By that time things had gotten bad between the band and no one
Question 6) Say some best/good experiences about your Ramones career?
Was hard to come and replace Dee Dee?
I've got some great memories from my eight years as a Ramone. Playing
on stage with Lemmy, Robbie Krieger of the Doors, getting on stage with
Soungarden on the Lollapalooza tour to do "Ty Cobb" with them, my first
show ever in Leicester, England, meeting Timothy Leary, travelling the
world and seeing so many different cultures. There are too many
Question 7) What did you think about Johnny's total retirement? That he
didn't want to play anything or do any musical?
Don't count Johnny out. I've heard rumors he may do a
Question 8) Have you any memory of festival gigs in Nummirock or other
gigs in Finland?
I remember Nummirock well because I hadn't slept in a few days. I drank
alot of alcohol and met a really pretty girl but she didn't like me. I
asked her to have my baby and she slapped my face.
Question 9) My good friend Sipe is playing in the most popular Finnish
rock/punk band called Apulanta, he wanted to ask and I thought to ask:
How do you feel that you and the whole Ramones is the most honest and
best model to the young bands and to the legendary Ramones copy bands
like Ne Luumäet.
It's good to hear many bands in Finland are influenced by the Ramones.
We tried to stay true to our fans and not many bands do.
Question 10) What you want to say to my homepage readers?
I'd like to say thanks to all the Ramones fans in Finland and the rest
of the world. You are definately the most loyal, fun, and craziest
bunch any band could ever hope to have as their audience. GABBA-GABBA
(TAKE IT CJ, because I can't say never enough thanks to you, but endless
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