INTERVIEW WITH JOEY LUUMÄKI, NE LUUMÄET

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Copyrightę 1998 -> for everything in this page by Jari-Pekka Laitio-Ramone and Joey Luumäki

Ne Luumäet is probably the most legendary Ramones cover band, even more than Screeching Weasel and Vindictives. They did a long career and a bunch of Ramones covers (their first album). Later studio albums didn't contain actual Ramones covers, just "borrowed" titles or themes for songs. Ne Luumäet is also contained in the tribute album Blitzkrieg Over You with song Siinä On Punk Kari (Sheena Is A Punk Rocker). Ne Luumäet always had finnish lyrics. Their singer Joey looked the same as Joey and is even nearly of the same height (Joey L. is 6'8" or 204 cm). Their song Onnellinen Perhe (in English: Happy Family) was number one on the finnish single chart-list for six weeks. Other bands have made covers of their songs and Joey has written some lyrics to other bands like to Pojat: Siipi Lonksuu Niin (Ramones song: She Belongs To Me). They did really funny lyrics, especially Joey.
Their first record was cover album of the following 14 Ramones songs in finnish: Somebody Put Something In My Drink, Oh Oh I Love Her So, Cretin Hop, Sheena Is A Punk Rocker, I Wanna Be Sedated, Suzy Is A Headbanger, Pinhead, Blitzkrieg Bop, Teenage Lobotomy, Beat On The Brat, Rockaway Beach, Commando, I Don't Wanna Walk Around With You and Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World. Their live album was called Se On Live (It's a Live) etc, etc.


You can find Joey Luumäki's interview from my Rock In Peace: Dee Dee And Joey Ramone book.



Jari-Pekka: 1) Your thoughts of the Ramones influence generally?

Jari-Pekka: 2) What Ramones things have influenced you the most?

Jari-Pekka: 3) Ne Luumäet is planning to do a new collection album and even some new songs. How about comeback gigs?

Jari-Pekka: 4) What do you think of the line: Ne Luumäet is probably the most legendary Ramones cover band?

Jari-Pekka: 5) Your own Ne Luumäet favourites?

Jari-Pekka: 6) Have you heard many Ramones cover bands?

Jari-Pekka: 7) What do you think of this Blitzkrieg Over You -album?

Jari-Pekka: 8) Do you member some special memories of the Ramones cover recordings?

Jari-Pekka: 9) Ne Luumäet was an opening band for the Ramones.

Jari-Pekka: 10) What did Joey think of that you're same looking?

Jari-Pekka: 11) How did the Ramones comment your songs?
I can help if you wanna buy Ne Luumäet-CD's. Just E-mail to me

(Thanks for Joey and for the one of the most legendary Ramones tribute band: Ne Luumäet)