MARKY RAMONE & THE SPEEDKINGS: NO
IF'S, AND'S OR BUT'S -ALBUM REVIEW
REVIEW: AUGUST 17, 2001
(FROM ROUGH MIX TAPE, DIFFERENT TRACKLISTING ORDER ETC.)
I GOT UNIQUE HONOUR FOR ME AND YOU FANS!: THIS WAS FIRST REVIEW EVER OF
THE MARKY RAMONE AND THE SPEEDKINGS -DEBUT ALBUM: NO IF, AND'S OR
Fans, at first I've to tell that there's coming long waiting, 'cause
Marky Ramone & The Speedkings are releasing this their debut album No
If's, And's or But's! at end of October 2001. There's coming CD- and
Line-up on this album is: Marky Ramone (drums), Nick Cooper
(guitar-vocals) and Steve Jay (bass).
Like you know Marky played drums on the Buckweeds' (Nick's previous
band) last European tour and that's how Nick and Mark got hooked up
together. It was good luck for both and also for us fans, you can hear it
from this album!!!
This description of the sound: " Marky & The SpeedKings play hot and
steaming, Hi-Octane Rock'n'Roll " is from their homepage and it's
true. Album sleeve is done by Eliott Mattice and it also shows
First song tell a lot - Girls & Gasoline - of the Marky Ramone & The
Speedkings. It contains lot faster aggressive parts without speed
limits, but also couple slower "relax under the sun" parts.
Saturday Night is more restful act and "snack"-type sing-along,
Saturday Night is dedicated to a special NY-ladies Sheena and my friend
I Don't Care Anymore hits the head and during that song on gigs you
can find yourself from crowd/moshpit area, with many hundreds other fans.
Sex Phone Girls, you know what you get...!!!
Weenie Hair is one of my favourites and maybe the most many-sided song on
this No If's, And's or But's! -album. On this Weenie Hair -song Nick
articulate some middle parts really good way, can hear that man drink a
(Nick tells that he can't never say no to the fabulous European (French)
Tequila flavored beer DESPERADOS!)
and his good self-confidence can hear from vocals also.
Most of these songs didn't sound like Ramones-songs, but sure you can find
some connections. But also some solos... Ups Girl is Rancid type song and
it takes only 1min 15secs, Also you can get from some songs many
Offspring-feelings, but more fast and
Nick wrote originally Teenage R'N'R Suicide -song a couple of years ago
but now Marky Ramone & The Speedkings recorded it in a way more rockabilly
version and this time the lyrics make more sense...
The song Manuelita was written for all the South American fans,
Ma-Ma-Ma-Ma-Ma-Manuelita is mix of R'R, Cretin Hoppin' and Blitzkrieg
Bop! R'N'Roll Asshole tell something of the attitude,
and fans, don't understand wrong way this: Fuck You -attitude. Last
songs are Fuck Shit Up and Fuck Me... You can
check some middlefinger-pictures from their Yahoo-club and Nick hopes that
all of you can help me get more "middlefinger"-pictures on the upcoming
tour, can you wait it....
Some not mentioned songs are really related to cars and filled with full
ahead -attitude. I can really assure that you can find from this album
many touchy songs and more gears for your "rockin'
More info from
this my site or from Marky
Ramone & The Speedkings -homepage
(Review by Jari-Pekka Laitio-Ramone)