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- This picture in left is from UP Magazine's (Netherlands) UP Sampler #18 CD cover by Vince Ruarus. It's (meant positive way) an artist impression of our heroes. That UP Magazine contains interviews for example with Social Distortion and Green Day. Another music magazine from Netherlands contains interview with Marky Ramone, Marky in Heaven! But it IS true: there's a 2-page article in Heaven #1 2005 - the interview Bram van Schaik did last September with Marky, the day Johnny passed away.... It's titled: Marky Ramone, Faith in the backbeat (leant the book title from him but Bram gives him credits too) and there's a picture of Marky in the orange Holland T-shirt. (December 19, 2004)

- Do you wanna win Marky Ramone & The SpeedKings Ride Tonight 7" signed by the whole band during the tour in 2001? You will be sure they're real autographs because I asked them then to sign this single. Single is released then by Woimasointu, who has now Woimasointu's 3-year Birthday Competition! You've to answer for Ramones query, some questions aren't not-so-easy. Click here to see competion. Competition will be open until 8th of December. You'll win as well some other prizes. Btw, remember to check also Woimasointu site and buy some cool stuff there!!! (December 2, 2004)

- VH1 channel program 100 Cheesetastic Video Tricks Exposed was a three-hour journey exploring the 100 most memorable, ridiculous, hilarious, obvious (and not so obvious) clichés that have been around since the birth of the music video. From hot chicks as hood ornaments to street fights that erupt into dance-offs, smoke machines to spraying 40 ounces, the world of music videos is nothing if not cliché... Great and funny Ramones video Psycho Therapy was #78. Also Rock'N'Roll High School was in scenes. (November 30, 2004)

- Here comes some CD news by bands who have made so many Ramones fans happy. Fraebbblarnir from Iceland just released new full-lenght CD Dót. It contains Heaven Needed A Lead Singer song, naturally tribute to our dear Joey Ramone. It's also released in Life's A Gas tributeCD by AMP Records. Dót contains 16 songs, some of them are by Iceland language, cool language to listen. Dót is manysided CD to listen, songs are mostly punkrock with good attitude and feelings. Fraebbblarnir were formed in Iceland 1978 and released a number of records until they quit early 1983. In 1996 the original name was reinstated.
Grolschbusters hails from Netherlands, they toured lot for example with Marky Ramone & The SpeedKings! Also did with The Vietcongs Life's A Gas tour in Spain, 2002, tour was dedicated to Joey Ramone. Grolschbusters just released their fourth full-lenght album called: Rock 'n' Roll, Asshole! Band has punkrocked already 15 years! And now they offer thirteen songs with tight attitude, listen or ...? (November 26, 2004)

- Koch Records will pay tribute to the original New York underground scene in a New York Rocks compilation early next year, due out January 25, 2004. The album pulls mostly from well known outfits for the record. The New York Dolls are conspicuously absent from the track listing. Tracklisting contains Blitzkrieg Bop (The Ramones), Rock & Roll (The Velvet Underground), Ask the Angels (Patti Smith), (I Live For) Cars and Girls (The Dictators), X Offender (Blondie), Blank Generation (Richard Hell and the Voidoids), You Can't Put Your Arms Around a Memory (Johnny Thunders) and Sonic Reducer (The Dead Boys). (November 18, 2004)

- Band called The Knuckle Sandwiches will be playing the Ramones' entire Leave Home album, as part of Classic Albums Live. Go to see them at Arlene's Grocery, NYC on November 21, 2004 (9PM). (November 15)

- The Johnny Thunders tribute album titled I Only Wrote This Song For You was first released in 1995 which contains Ramones version of I Love You. Now came out on October 28, 2004 new edition of it, it features new songs that were not in the original release, for example Marc Almond and Sigue Sigue Sputnik. Also it got a new package (slipcase, new cover, 24 pages booklet). There is a dedication to Joey and Dee Dee in the booklet. (November 2, 2004)

- The fifth Annual Australian Ramone-a-thon is punked this year at The Rev (25 Warner Street, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane) on Saturday Dec 11, 2004. Line-up contains bands like (which are familiar to us Ramones fans) Mach Pelican, The Ramonettes and The Marones etc. More info here. (October 30, 2004)

- Older fans possibly remember Loudmouth! Fanzine (Germany) and also it's parties. They're back! Loudmouth! presents the return of the parties, the authorized celebrating of the Ramones' 30th Anniversary and Loudmouth!'s 10th Anniversary. These are organised by Jörg Büscher, Heiko Gerdes etc.
November 5, 2004 Düsseldorf, AK 47, Kiefernstrasse: The Melones (Hannover), Cave 4 (Solingen), The Pro-Tones (Düsseldorf) and Supabond (Düsseldorf).
November, 6 2004 Düsseldorf, Kulturschlachthof, Rather Strasse 25: Möped Lads (Luzern/Schweiz), ZZZ Hacker (Bielefeld), The Boonaraaas (Düsseldorf/Solingen) and Zwakkelmann (feat.Schlaffke, the Voice of Schliessmuskel). More infos etc. here. (Updated October 29, 2004).


- The Beautiful South release a new album (Golddiggas, Headnodders & Pholk Songs) of covers on October 25th and Blitzkrieg Bop is on it. It's pretty surprising version, it's 3 minutes 30 seconds and tempo is all the time pretty slow. Alison Wheeler's lovely voice and acoustic guitars makes it sounding beautiful. AND it was surprise to see that there's a photo of Johnny on the front cover! Inside booklet on Ramones pages is snack bar named Joey's Snack Bar and in the wall is Road To Ruin tour poster etc. It contains as well covers like This Will Be Our Year (The Zombies), Don't Fear The Reaper (Blue Oyster Cult), Valentine (Willie Nelson) and Living Thing (ELO). The Beautiful South are a Number 1 selling band in the UK!
Boas Teitas from Argentina covered A Real Cool Time, you can download it from their site.(October 23, 2004)

- On Friday October 15 at Magnet Club in Berlin is nice Ramones party. Commando - Berlin are having fun with The Melones. You'll also see then Ramones art and memorabilia exhibition, night is featuring as well a lottery and after the gig is party with DJ and Ramones music. Commando - Berlin is not a tribute, but a very funny Ramones cover band etc. The next day the Melones play another gig in Meißen. (October 13, 2004)

- Mighty journalist from Netherlands, Bram van Schaik, did great job with his article in Up Magazine (issue Sep./Oct. 04) where he introduces many latest Ramones releases. For example he introduces my second book Rock In Peace: Dee Dee And Joey Ramone, Main Man: A Tribute To Dee Dee Ramone CD, The Tip Toppers: Subterranean Jungle -cover album, Sniffin' Glue: A Las Vegas Tribute To The Ramones, The Bowery Electric: Un Tributo A Joey Ramone, re-releases. World needs more stories like this, no more shitty trend band articles. Mag features also for example Hives and Lars Frederiksen & The Bastards etc. (October 8, 2004)

- Great Ramones fan named Gerhard "General" Seckler organise in his homepage draw where you can win 5 copies of DVD`s/CD´s of The Ramones We´re Outta Here. DVD is released on October 11, 2004 in Germany. Homepage is in German language. Click here to see draw. (October 7, 2004)

- Rhino Records has stated following: "At the time of his death, Johnny was helping us put together a definitive Ramones boxed set, currently scheduled for 2005." More infos later when I get them... (September 30, 2004).

- My good friend Timo Pullinen has one of the biggest Ramones collections I know worldwide. Timo Pullinen lives in Finland and he discovered the Ramones in 1976 or 1977 after his friend had bought the Ramones debut album and played it for him. In all, he has 1 200 different Ramones related products. He collect mainly contains official stuff. My second book Rock In Peace: Dee Dee And Joey Ramone as well contains story of him. Timo just opened his homepage where you can see many rarities. Click here to visit his site. (September 28, 2004)

- Marky Ramone started taking the video camera on Ramones tours in 1987, when he went back in the Ramones. Marky owns the huge Ramones video library and now theres gonna be the new DVD coming out that Johnny Ramone and he worked on with John Cafiero, a producer/ director of videos and movies. Its stuff a lot of people have never seen before. Its gonna be called RAW. Marky explains of it lot also in my Rock In Peace: Dee Dee And Joey Ramone book. Release date in UK is September 13, 2004. USA date is on September 28, 2004 via Image Entertainment.
Marky Ramone and producer/director John Cafiero will be meeting fans and signing autographs, including signing copies of the new Ramones DVD called RAW at the Virgin Megastore Times Square in NYC (1540 Broadway) on September 29th, 2004 at 6:30PM.
On October 2, fans in the U.K. will have the chance to see RAMONES RAW on the big screen at the 12th annual Raindance Film Festival in London, the U.K.'s largest independent film festival.
The DVD--which received a personal invitation from festival organizers^Ëwill be screened at UGC Shaftesbury Avenue at 5:00 PM (GMT).
You can read interview concerning DVD, click here. You can pre-order DVD now, click here. Tracklisting and more infos of the DVD is here. (Updated info: August 16, 2004)


- For those of you in the NYC area Tommy Ramone will be a call in guest on Howard Stern on September 17, 2004 at approximately 7:00 am EST. (September 16, 2004)

- Visit the On The Road With The Ramones book signing at Tower Records in Hollywood on September 11th at 5 p.m. Attending the signing will be authors Monte A. Melnick (Ramones tour manager); Frank Meyer (Street Walkin' Cheetahs, Sweet Justice) joined by Tommy Ramone, Arturo Vega (Ramones artistic director) and Allan Arkush (director of Rock 'N' Roll High School) plus some very special guests. On The Road With The Ramones was released in late '03 to rave reviews and has sold over 10,000 copies, making it a best seller for Sanctuary Books.
- We all will be signing copies of the book (available at Tower, among other outlets) along with any albums, so bring copies of your Ramones, Streetwalkin' Cheetahs or Sweet Justice albums CD's and Rock'N'Roll High School movie tapes & DVD's, wrote Monte. (September 6, 2004)


- Lynne Cameron organised again a contest and this time the prize winner received was a copy of my second book Rock In Peace: Dee Dee And Joey Ramone. The closing date for the contest was August 30th, 2004. Question was: In which year was End Of The Century released? The lucky winner was announced on the 1st of September and he was Phillippe Derouck. (Updated: September 2, 2004)

- There's been really, really many release dates for Ramones: We're Outta Here -DVD. Latest info, I got is that it should come out on September 13, 2004 (at least in UK). We're Outta Here contains last Ramones show in Los Angeles, The Palace, August 6, 1996 and interviews with our heros etc. (Updated July 29, 2004)
- New Ramones live DVD is coming out on December 31, 2004. Director is Francis Ford Coppola. Sadly I didn't got more infos yet. (July 15, 2004)


- Pearl Jam will release July 26 on RCA label their first acoustic album: Live at Benaroya Hall, October 22nd 2003. Almost 2 hours of music including cover from The Ramones - I Believe In Miracles. Also from Bob Dylan (Masters Of War) and Johnny Cash (25 Minutes To Go). (July 8, 2004)

- Record label named Captain Oi! re-released 4 Ramones albums in the UK in June 2004, they came out around June 20. Captain Oi! licensed from EMI albums: Brain Drain, Mondo Bizarro, Acid Eaters and Adios Amigos. Each one came with a bonus track, lyrics and a highly detailed sleeve notes by Monte Melnick and Frank Meyer. Monte and Frank wrote for every album individual sleeve notes. Brain Drain's bonus track is Pet Sematary's single version, Mondo Bizarro's Spiderman, Acid Eaters' Surfin' Safari and Adios Amigos' R.A.M.O.N.E.S. Releases are wrapped in a slip case. Captain Oi! did nice job with these re-releases. (Updated June 30, 2004)

- There's a new football compilation CD out in UK called Jumpers For Goalposts, to tie in with European football championship games which started in June, 2004. Blitzkrieg Bop is on the CD and on the TV Ads. (June 16, 2004)

- Collider is cool band from New York. They released in 2003 CD titled WCYF. Lead vocalist/ keyboardist Jed Davis is familiar for many of you, Jed wrote that touching Joey Ramone tribute song The Bowery Electric etc... WCYF is produced by Tommy Ramone (under name T. Erdelyi). CJ Ramone also shout 1-2-3-4 on song Say Yeah. Cover art is by Arturo Vega etc. CD is dedicated to the memory of Joey. WCYF has six songs in all. (June 14, 2004)

- Photographer John Nikolai (Punk Magazine etc.) added photos from Joey Ramone's Birthday Bash (2004) for his homepage. Also, he's having two photo exhibitions in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA in July, 2004 that feature several never-before-seen images of Joey and Dee Dee. Exhibitions are titled: "NEVERMIND NOSTALGIA: The Last Photo Exhibition on Punk Rock, 1 and 2". You'll find more infos of those from his homepage.
As well, check out photos of the Joey's Bash in Arturo Vega's site and photos by my friend Josie Montserrat of the Joey's Bash and of the Misfits show at Downtown in Brooklyn, NYC on May 20, 2004. Click here to see them. We went together for both of shows and you'll see Josie also in my pics of my New York trip. (Updated June 6, 2004)

- End Of The Century - The Story Of The Ramones will be shown twice at 51st Sydney Film Festival, first screening is at Dendy Opera Quays on June 18, 2004 at 09:30 and second at Dendy Opera Quays on June 25, 2004 at 07:40. More info of the movie here (May 11, 2004)

- Danko Jones recorded The Return Of Jackie And Judy for The Song Ramones The Same tribute album, The Return Of Jackie And Judy was also now released a while ago (March 31) in his Dance single. It was released by Bad Taste Records. (May 10, 2004)

- End Of The Century - The Story Of The Ramones movie directed by Michael Gramaglia & Jim Fields and Hey is Dee Dee Home movie directed by Lech Kowalski will be shown twice at International Inde Cinema Festival in Buenos Aires, Argentina. First screening is in Wednesday April 14, 2004 at Cosmos cinema ( address: Av. Corrientes 2046, Buenos Aires) 20.15 (Hey is Dee Dee Home) and 21.45 (End Of The Century) and second screening is in Sunday April 25, 2004 at Hoyts (Sala 8) cinema (address: Av. Corrientes 3247, Buenos Aires) 21.30 (Hey is Dee Dee Home) and 23.00 (End Of The Century).
Tickets can be purchased on line at www.holacine.com and the festival's website is www.bafilmfest.com. More info of Hey Is Dee Dee Home here and of End Of The Century here.


- MSNBC listed the 10 best rock bands ever. Ramones was #7. Six first were Beatles, Rolling Stones, U2, Grateful Dead, Velvet Underground and Led Zeppelin. See comments etc. here. List in new Rolling Stones was strange. They listed the fifty greatest artists of all time and Ramones was #26... See it here. (April 1, 2004)

- The Bowery Electric, A Tribute To Joey Ramone EP was released by label No Tomorrow in Spain on March 25, 2004. It features main track The Bowery Electric (Click here to read more of the song), CJ Ramone's band Bad Chopper, Goin' Places, Mensch and The Kowalskis. Goin' Places, Mensch and The Kowalskis are bands who got success at Arturo Vega's Joey Ramone memory birthday party at CBGB's in May 19, 2002. No Tomorrow has licensed this record for Spain and they have added to it a bonus track by Suzy & Los Quattro called Not Glad To See You Go. Track is a homage to Dee Dee Ramone. No Tomorrow has also got from Arturo the license to release a vinyl with three of the CD tracks. The tracks in the vinyl EP (which has been relased in blue and red) are The Bowery Electric, Not Glad To See You Go and Goin' Places song Never Forget. One of the interesting features is that the Suzy & Los Quattro version is completely different in vinyl and CD. This info is official even not updated (while I write this) to No Tomorrow homepage. (March 27, 2004)

- Daniel Rey, who is producer of many Ramones albums and Joey's solo album, played with Tequila Baby a show in Caxias do Sul, Brazil on February 26, 2004. Daniel did a great surprise to an approached public of 20.000 people. Daniel played 3 last songs in a show, Ramones classics Pet Sematary and Blitzkrieg Bop and E Menina Linda which is Tequila Baby's song. Daniel Rey produced the third album of Tequila Baby called Punk Rock Até Os Ossos (2002) and now he is producing the fourth album of the band again. Marky Ramone has also played with Tequila Baby some years ago etc. Click here to see photos of Daniel's performance with Tequila Baby. (March 9, 2004)

- Tampere International Film Festival, Finland featured 2 Ramoniac movies. End Of The Century - The Story Of The Ramones (see below) was shown at Tampere Film Festival in Wednesday March 3, 2004, 10:00PM (hall Plevna 2), and Lech Kowalski's Hey Is Dee Dee Home movie in Saturday March 6, 2004, 6:00PM (hall Plevna 6). Those were soldout so early that Tampere International Film Festival also organised extra screenings. It was great news for many fans. Lech Kowalski also arrived to Tampere Film Festival, originally he was taking part to discussion of subject "Documentmovie today" with some other people at Tyovaen Keskusmuseo Werstas, Auditorio Vaino, Vaino Linnan Aukio 8 in Friday March 5, 2004, 2:00PM. But he couldn't make it, and March 5 he did general press 6:00PM. Lech was really cool and we hanged together, and also I did interview with Lech to my next books.
There was also 2 Ramoniac parties in March 3 after End Of The Century - The Story Of The Ramones movie in Tampere. Soon after movie ended Pojat show started at Pooli Booli bar, there was as a special guest singer Joey Luumaki of Ne Luumaet. Tickets were 3 euros. Juspa of Burning Pipe Harmony informed me in advance that he also play with his friends Ramones covers etc. at Sputnik after movie is ended. Their show was also success :) (Updated info March 9, 2004).


- Ramones song I Wanna Be Sedated is played in movie Daddy Day Care. Daddy Day Care is featuring Eddie Murphy, Jeff Garlin, Regina King etc. I Wanna Be Sedated is also included in soundtrack, as well songs like (I'm sure Joey Ramone also likes of these soundtrack choices) Ballroom Blitz by Sweet and Surrender by Cheap Trick. (February 27, 2004)

- There's Ramones cover versions in so many releases, but again I wanna mention of couple new cool releases. Outsider Records (Italy) released new Manges single. A-side Barrage Of Hate is taken from the Queers/ Manges split album AcidBeaters on Stardumb/ Ammonia Records. Manges is traditional and well-respected Ramones-oriented band. Barrage Of Hate contains attitude, but also legendary Ramoniac line "Second verse, same as the first". B-side (with Mickey Mouse picture on vinyl center) is Ramones cover Havana Affair. Manges does their version with little heavier sound, but with same tempo. Single also contains "booklet paper" with cartoon picture of Dee Dee. Single is limited to 750 copies and you ask it from outsiderrec@libero.it or send 7 euros well hidden to address: Enrico Camanzi, Via Moroni 7A, 20099 Sesto San Giovanni (MI), Italy.
My friend Karolina Lamroth sent to me CD of Moottorinjyrinää. Moottorinjyrinää does kindergarten versions of punk- and heavy songs in Finnish and they've done gigs in kindergartens with great success! CD also contains covers of Ramones' Pet Sematary (Erkki) and Motörhead's R.A.M.O.N.E.S. (L-E-N-T-Ä-J-Ä). They sing in example on Erkki: "My name is Erkki and I've got stamp, I wanna write a letter.... I know where to get paper and I know how sharpen pen, but I can't write or read... " (February 26, 2004)


- There's in movie theaters now new movie called School Of Rock. Bonzo Goes To Bitburg is playing over advertisement clips, and it is on the soundtrack also, although listed as My Brain Is Hanging Upside Down. Soundtrack also contains bands/ tracks like The Who: Substitute, Doors: Touch Me and T-Rex: Ballrooms Of Mars. (February 6, 2004)

- RAMONES: END OF THE CENTURY - The Story Of The Ramones -movie, directed by Michael Gramaglia & Jim Fields will have it's european premiere at Berlin filmfestival in the 2nd week of February. Here are screening dates in Berlin for End Of The Century - The Story Of The Ramones:
- Sunday February 8, 2004 (CineStar 7, 20:00)
- Monday February 9, 2004 ( CineStar 7, 22:30)
- Tuesday February 10, 2004 (Cinestar 7, 14.30)
- Saturday February 14, 2004 (CinemaxX 7, 22:30)
But PLEASE make sure to check the official festival website Berlinale.de for latest changes!
The film will be presented in the PANORAMA DOKUMENTE within the Official Programme of the Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin 2004. The press is invited to the premiere and a press talk with the audience will be held directly after the screening in the cinema.
End Of The Century - The Story Of The Ramones will be shown also at Tampere Film Festival, Finland, Wednesday March 3, 2004, 10:00PM (hall Plevna 2).
Before End Of The Century was shown in example at Toronto Film Festival. There was two performance which were open to the public: 1st Screening - Wednesday, Sept 10 - 11:59pm (Midnight) - Varsity 8 Cinema and 2nd Screening - Friday, Sept 12 - 6:00pm - ROM Cinema. Before it was shown on Thursday May 29, 2003, 7:30 PM at the Egyptian Theatre - 6712 Hollywood Blvd, LA in The Slamdance Film Festival.
A wild look inside the lives and music of seminal punk rock icons, The Ramones. From the early days in Queens to CBGBs to international stardom, the film looks at the legend of The Ramones, featuring interviews with The Ramones, Joe Strummer (The Clash), The Sex Pistols, Rob Zombie and more. (Updated January 18, 2004)


- The Janice Long Programme on BBC Radio 2, UK from 11th Jan - 15th Jan, 2004 are playing The Ramones as the featured artist each day for a week. Also comes Ramones history information etc. Showtime is between midnight and 3am (UK time). You can listen show on the net also.

- You can read new and long interview with Tommy Ramone at Mark Prindle's site. Click here. (December 23, 2003)

- Now is being published in the UK Ramones book named Ramones: The Complete Twisted History, and it will be shortly available elsewhere. It's written by Dick Porter and it was published by Plexus Publishing. Ramones: The Complete Twisted History has 192 pages. Dick Porter has wrote also some other books like The Darkness: Permission to Rock.
- I started doing this Ramones book at the end of 2001, I finished writing in March 2003 and it has taken since then to get all the photographs etc. The Ramones have always been my favourite band - I first saw them in 1978 - when I was 13! They were top of my list, when it came to proposing books to my publishers, wrote Dick Porter to me.
You can order it from amazon.co.uk (December 18, 2003)

- Rolling Stone listed 500 greatest albums of all time, Ramones debut album was 33# and Rocket To Russia 105#. First 5 were: 1.Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (The Beatles), 2.Pet Sounds (The Beach Boys), 3.Revolver (The Beatles), 4. Highway 61 Revisited (Bob Dylan) and 5.Rubber Soul (The Beatles). (November 22, 2003)

- Carlo Gennarelli, who is the producer of a 2-hour television special called The Temples Of Rock, informed me following. Ray Manzarek of the Doors is the host on Discovery Network's The Travel Channel on Sunday, Nov. 30th, 9 to 11 pm. The Temples Of Rock is a journey to some of the studios, clubs and theaters where rock history was made, they include CBGB, Whisky A-Go-Go and Sun Studio. Temples of Rock's CBGB part features exclusive interviews with Johnny Ramone, Chris and Tina from Talking Heads, members of the Patti Smith group, Hilly Kristal etc. Special also feature rare video of Dead Boys, Talking Heads, and Blondie performing on stage at CBGB's in the 70's. No footage of The Ramones but plenty of photographs of them set to the song Blitzkrieg Bop.
Along the way, viewers will share in the eyewitness accounts of how The Cavern audience attacked George Harrison on the night of Ringo Starr's debut with the Beatles, will hear stories of the unique relationship between the Fillmore East and the neighboring Tisch School of the Arts, and will get a peek at the less than stately bathrooms of the NY Bowery's CBGB. (November 19, 2003)

- Thierry Layec released Ramones Addicts tribute album on July, and now he celebrate it, he organise with his friends Ramones tribute night at Kalif (33 Route de Darnetal), Rouen on November 28. There's nearly 15 bands, they include Ricardo De Souza, Copycat, Banana Wax, Captain Beurk, Razor Back and Molaire. Tickets: 8 euros. (November 19, 2003).

- Monte A. Melnick toured with The Ramones for 22 years as their tour manager. Previous time I met with Monte at NYC on May 16, 2003. He is been talking also before of his Ramones book On The Road With The Ramones. Now is confirmed release date, it's November 20, 2003... But you can order your copies already in example from amazon.co.uk or pre-order before November 20 signed copy by Monte from Arturo's site.
There comes also some book signings, like at Virgin Megastore (Union Square 52 East 14th Street At Broadway), New York on December 17, 6PM. There will be Monte A. Melnick, Frank Meyer (see below), Tommy Ramone, CJ Ramone and John Holmstrom. CJ's band Bad Chopper and some other are performing later that night at Continental.
Front cover is by legendary John Holmstrom.
"Monte A. Melnick, the Ramones' road manager throughout the punk pioneers' career, is writing a memoir about the experience, to be published by Sanctuary Books in November. Co-writing is Frank Meyers, a veteran rock journalist who was also the leader of the L.A.-based band the Streetwalkin' Cheetahs. "The book is basically on the road with the Ramones, looking at the group through Monte's eyes," says Meyers. "He was the one stable force in an insane band."
A few episodes:
- Dee Dee overdosed on pills and booze one night during the filming of "Rock 'n' Roll High School" and was taken away in a police car - and still made his call time on the set the next morning.
- Joey suffered from obsessive-compulsive disorder, and Ramones activities were sometimes governed by his ritualistic behavior.
- A Secret Service detail made for odd backstage visitors when first daughter Amy Carter attended a Ramones show and was taken to meet the band.
Meyers is complementing Melnick's narrative with material from his interviews with the band members, wives, girlfriends, producers, managers and others.

READ ALSO Monte's interview at Murray's site. (Updated October 17, 2003)

- The Ramones version of My Back Pages appears in the new Bob Dylan movie Masked And Anonymous. I also read that it should be in a soundtrack, but it wasn't in a soundtrack listing/version I saw. Masked And Anonymous is an independent film. There are many layers and references in this movie, the New York Times is called it both an inchorent mess and possibly a masterpiece. (August 20, 2003).

- King Biscuit releases on August 19, 2003 new Ramones live CD called Live NYC. It's recorded at the Palladium, New York, January 7, 1978. It contains 27 songs. Tracklisting and ordering link here (August 18, 2003).

- New Groovie Ghoulies album Monster Club was released some weeks ago on Stardumb Records in the Netherlands. The U.S. version of the album is scheduled for release by Springman Records on August 12, 2003. Album contains one Ramones song: Pet Sematary.
Also Morrissey (Smiths) has covered Ramones. Morrissey's new album called Under The Influence contains Judy Is A Punk.
I forgot to add info before that latest liveCD - Live From Murder Beach - by Independents contains Cretin Hop and Blitzkrieg Bop. It was released by AMP Records. Joey Ramone was manager of the Independents. Still fuckin' we remember! (Updated August 8, 2003)


- German band called Sonic Dolls just released a cool new 7" limited to only 333 copies! It's really similar to first Ramones single. Wow. Single contains 2 Ramones songs Blitzkrieg Bop and Havana Affair. So also artwork is really similar to the original 7' (contains the misspelling of the title what was there on the original 7" cover too). This is available only on some stories, like Stardumb Records. Can you imagine how quickly this is soldout? More info here and see cover here. (July 23, 2003)

- Henry Rollins and his band are currently touring and performing the songs of Black Flag to benefit the West Memphis 3 defense fund. Photographer Willy-Jan van Gemert saw Henry Rollins show in Amsterdam at Paradiso on July 8. Willy-Jan wrote: " After their normal setlist with, between opening song Rise Above and closing tune My War, an ultimate collection of Black Flag songs, they played a 3 song encore which began with the Ramones classic Rockaway Beach followed by another Ramones hymn Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment. The audience went nuts and everybody seemed to know the 2 songs by word! PARADISO looked and sounded like PUNKHEAVEN..".
I saw week later Henry Rollins here in Finland and I got chance to do probably only interview he gave here. It comes to my next Ramones books. Henry played 4 Ramones songs (yeah) on encore: Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment, Time Bomb, Sheena Is A Punkrocker ja Rockaway Beach. (Updated July 22, 2003)


- Metallica released St. Anger singles/ maxiCD, 7inch etc. They contains outtakes from the sessions they did for the Ramones tribute record We're A Happy Family. Some of versions are pretty rough. If I understood correctly, these came out in Europe and Japan.
* CD1 of 2CD set: St. Anger (album version) and Ramones songs: Commando and Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World.
* CD2 of 2CD set: St. Anger (album version), St. Anger video and Ramones songs: Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue and Cretin Hop.
* 2track CDsingle: St. Anger (album version) and Ramones song: Cretin Hop.
* 7' single: St. Anger and Ramones song: We're A Happy Family.
* CD maxi: St. Anger (album version), St. Anger video and Ramones songs: Commando, Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World and Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue. (July 3, 2003)

- In this month's
Mojo Magazine, they give away a CD with a Ramones song, demo version of I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend. (June 6, 2003)

- De la fae Records is releasing Ramones tribute album. It contains South American bands like Gulso, Vadka, Staple and She Devils. Order it here. (June 6, 2003)

- Check out 20 pictures from Joey Ramone's 52nd birthday celebration at Webster's Hall in New York on May 16, 2003 and generally pictures from my trip in New York between May 15-28. Click here.

- I've got from you fans some emails concerning Murderdoll's final USA gigs of this year. There's reports which contains lines: "Support at both shows will come from DISCIPLES (featuring former members of D-GENERATION and THE RAMONES) ....etc." I'm 98% sure this Ramones mention means Christian Black who toured in Dee Dee's last line-up... Not any real member of Ramones. Christian has emailed me about his band which features also Todd Youth (ex-D-Generation member). Btw, those shows are: May 19, Hollywood, CA @ The Troubadour and May 20, Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction. (May 8, 2003)

- There's a Ramones party concerning We're A Happy Family -tribute album: Wednesday, April 16 from 5pm - 9pm at Bar 13, New York City, USA. There will be raffle and prize giveaways (T-shirts, CDs, Stickers, Buttons, etc.). Address of Bar 13 is 35 E. 13th Street, 2nd Floor (between Broadway & University). Phone: (212) 979-6677. No entrance fee.. just go & have a fun night! (April 14, 2003)

- Wanker Fanzine #11 by Nick Wanker is out NOW! It was coming out already November-December and then in January, but some bands were still in the studio recording songs. Wanker Fanzine #11 contains Dee Dee's self-interview + lot other material of Dee Dee/ Ramones, Steve Jones (Sex Pistols), The Willotz, Up To Vegas, The Ghouls, Les Stitches, The New Wave Hookers etc. etc. And FREE 2CD: with Joey Ramone + Youth Gone Mad, Dee Dee Ramone, Mark Kostabi, Rehtorit, The Willotz, The Negatives, The New Wave Hookers, Bad Astronauts, Terrorgruppe, The Heartbreakers, NOFX, Cheetah Chrome, Klamydia, Pojat, Rickshaw, NY Kretins.... (Updated April 14, 2003)

- There's really cool and special Ramones exhibition in Augsburg, Germany: March 21 - April 5, 2003. Exhibition is dedicated for Dee Dee and Joey. I've informed of that in my site first time long time ago, when they were searching live bands and oldstyle punkrockers for the frame program etc. All infos are now here. (March 5, 2003)

- It was so special, but so exceptional, to hear chords of Blitzkrieg Bop in national TV on Finland. Here's released now Various Artists: Hockey Night in Finland -collectionCD, and it has big TV campaign. So it features Ramones: Blitzkrieg Bop. Also songs like Knack: My Sharona, Queen: We Will Rock You and Chris Spedding: Motorbikin. (March 4, 2003)

- Johnny Ramone helped Rob Zombie to do and collect Ramones-tribute album We're A Happy Family together. Release date was postponed many times, but final one was February, 11, 2003. We're a Happy Family entered the US Billboard album charts at #43. This album contains some bands, which aren't so Ramoniac ones, but...
- The Ramones are the greatest American band. I just think that what they did was so simple and so stripped down and so to-the-point that you can't mess with it. We were trying to get the tribute album out on the one-year anniversary of Joey's death, April 15, but at the same time, we didn't wanted to put it out until it's perfect, says Zombie.
The booklet is by Zombie and features many never seen photos of the Ramones. Stephen King wrote sleeve notes. Metallica was trained 8 Ramones song before they choosed 53rd And 3rd. The first 100,000 copies of the album will have a bonus track, "Daytime Dilemma (Dangers Of Love)", performed by Vedder.
Johnny Ramone, Rob Zombie, Anthony Kiedis/John Frusciante (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Kirk Hammett (Metallica), Paul Stanley (KISS), Dexter Holland (Offspring) etc. etc. were doing an interview for a behind the scenes special for that tribute. It was aired on MTV2 on Monday, February 10th, 6:30 pm. Show was called: We're a Happy Family - a Tribute to the Ramones. Hosted by Jim Shearer. It had infos on the bands who performed the songs on the new CD plus Ramones videos and clips etc. Also was supposed to air on MTV.
Johnny Ramone, Rob Zombie and Pete Yorn did an in-store signing appearance at Tower Records on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles on Tuesday Feb. 11 at 7PM.
Here's track listing: Havana Affair (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Blitzkrieg Bop (Rob Zombie), I Believe In Miracles (Eddie Vedder w/Zeke), 53rd & 3rd (Metallica), Beat On The Brat (U2), Do You Remember Rock and Roll Radio? (KISS), KKK Took My Baby Away' (Marilyn Manson), I Just Want To Have Something To Do (Garbage), Outsider (Green Day), Something To Believe In (Pretenders), Sheena Is A Punk Rocker (Rancid), I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend (Pete Yorn), I Wanna Be Sedated (The Offspring), Here Today, Gone Tomorrow (Rooney), Return of Jackie & Judy (Tom Waits), Daytime Dilemma (Dangers Of Love) (Eddie Vedder) and Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World (John Frusciante).
You can find some reviews etc. here. (Updated info: February 25, 2003)


- It's now Punk week on BBC's Top Of The Pops 2 Online and they've chosen 15 performances from the archives. You can vote Ramones: Don't Come Close to be shown on TV. (February 9, 2003)

- Latest Record Collector magazine (January 2003) features Ramones cover and listing of the best 25 LPs of the punk and new wave era. Sure, best is first Ramones album. Then comes Damned and Clash. Magazine contains explanations of the listing and infos (1 page) of the Ramones debut album etc. Also cool Dee Dee picture by Roberta Bayley etc. (January 15, 2003)

- Are you interested of a guitar similar to Johnny Ramone's Mosrite? They're really hard to find, so singer-guitarist Erkko of Häiriköt does hand made Esrite's. More info here.
Häiriköt is old Ramoniac Finnish band, and they also played in one release party of my book. (January 3, 2003)


- Are you interested of a guitar similar to Johnny Ramone's Mosrite? They're really hard to find, so singer-guitarist Erkko of Häiriköt does hand made Esrite's. More info here.
Häiriköt is old Ramoniac Finnish band, and they also played in one release party of my book. (January 3, 2003)

- Here in Finland is really ramoniac party in Semifinal, Helsinki on December 28, 2002. Night feature 3 band: Pojat, Rehtorit and Häiriköt, and there's draw by Woimasointu. Prizes includes: Dee Dee Ramone: Hop Around LP (test pressing), signed Marky Ramone & The SpeedKings: Ride Tonight 7", 69 Eyes: Paris Kills LP (promo version), Surfpoika Rex: 7' and CDEP, Senzabenza: Bullet Through Your Heart 7" (B side produced by Joey Ramone and Daniel Rey), Marky Ramone & The SpeedKings: Rawk Over Scandinavia (rare blue vinyl) and A Collection Of Great Dance Tunes Vol. 3 10'. (December 23, 2002)

- Thursday, December 19, 2002 is "Joey Ramone's Christmas Tribute" (in spirit of Joey's christmas bashes...) at The Continental New York, NY. Night is featuring: Misfits (Jerry Only, Dez and Marky Ramone), Andy Shernoff, Daniel Rey, Richie Stotts (Plasmatics), Andy Hilfiger, Al Maddy, Independents, The Bullys, The Kowalskis, Furious George, B-Movie, Charm School etc.
Marky is playing also at Don Hill's, NYC, December 20, 2002. (Updated December 19, 2002)

- Here comes 2 example of the latest/updated tributes for our heros. November 22 was released a Swedish punk collection - Sveriges Fetaste Punksamling - Äggröran 5 by Ägg Tapes & Records. There's many Joey-tribute songs, but one of the first was done by Fattijons (Sweden). I informed of it first time on April 2001. Fattijons has founded 1978 and they recorded a tribute song called Hey Ho Joey Ramone, and now it's included in this Swedish collection (31 songs at all). Really worth to check out.
Foo Fighters has recorded Ramones song Danny Says, at first it was in a All My Life 7' single, it was released by Sessions Records. Now it's also a bonus track on new CD One By One. Danny Says is sung by the guitarist Chris Schiflet. (December 10, 2002)

- You can win Ramones skateboard autographed by Johnny Ramone. Rhino Records is promoting Loud, Fast, Ramones: Their Toughest Hits - Ramones -collection. On it songs are picked by Johnny Ramone. To enter this competion click here. (November 20, 2002)

- Everett True has wrote extensive Ramones book - 350 pages - called Hey Ho Let's Go. Book is a biography of the Ramones. Everett just wrote to me and I get book soon. Book was released couple of weeks ago. Everett is from England and I met with him in Marky's house on May, 2002. He was doing then interview with Marky. He's also wrote some other books and long time for Melody Maker magazine in England. Publisher is Omnibus Press You can order book in example from www.amazon.co.uk. More infos soon. There's also some other new books coming out/ came out, but more later. (Updated news November 6, 2002)

- LOUD, FAST, RAMONES: THEIR TOUGHEST HITS is name of the new Ramones compilation in USA (Rhino). Release date is October 15, 2002. A tracklisting is picked by Johnny Ramone. The first 50 000 copies include a bonus disc - Ramones Smash You Live '85 - featuring live versions of 8 songs. See tracklisting here. (October 11, 2002)

- I wanna inform also this, Ramoniacs reasons! It's really enjoyable to read books by Leena Lehtolainen (Finland), she is released 10 detective story book etc. Her latest book "Kun Luulit Unohtaneesi" contains 15-20 Ramones mentions and one main character Katja does graduation work of the Ramones influenced bands in Finland. Specially Luonteri Surf and Pojat are mentioned many times of the bands. Some of her books are also translated in Germany and Sweden. Leena is also in my Joey Ramone memory book. (September 25, 2002)

- I've informed of so many Ramones tribute albums in last years and now came out second Japan tribute, this one is called: The Tribute To Ramones. It contains bands like: Ramonees, Kenzi & The Trips, New Rote'ka, Kit 16, Gas Burners, Knackle + 8 bands more. This came out by?: T R & C Japan Ltd?. (September 25, 2002)

- Masters Of Reality play Ramones song Cretin Hop as last song on their brandnew album Flak 'N' Flight - Live In Europe 2001. Masters Of Reality features in example Chris Goss (worked with Kyuss, The Queens Of The Stone Age etc.).
Also new Children Of Bodom single You're Better Off Dead! (release date September 16) contains Ramones cover Somebody Put Something In My Drink. Single already sold gold in Finland. (Updated: September 22, 2002)

- Rhino Records released last year expanded and remastered versions of the 4 first Ramones-album. Before this year Rhino Records informed that they release also expanded and remastered versions of the albums: End Of The Century, Pleasant Dreams, Subterranean Jungle and Too Tough To Die. They released those albums in August 20, 2002. There are bonus songs like: Danger Zone (Dee Dee on vocals), Street Fighting Man, Pass This Way, No One To Blame, Roots Of Hatred, Bumming Along, Unhappy Girl and Chop Suey. Some of these are common in Ramones scene, Street Fighting Man is B-side of the single/maxi, Chop Suey from Get Crazy -soundtrack and some demos are just generally common...
You can find all bonus songs listed here. The liner notes to CD's include a tribute to Dee Dee written by Johnny Ramone.
See what Johnny says of these songs and albums and about Dee Dee at Rolling Stone..... (Updated info August 20, 2002)


- Latest Fat City Magazine features lot cool Ramones stuff, like last Dee Dee interview and their allstar tribute to the Ramones by Joey's brother Mickey Leigh, Arturo Vega, Lemmy, Henry Rollins and Lars Frederiksen. You can also find some of those things online, http://www.fatcityrockers.com. (August 19, 2002)

- Chrysalis release in August 19, 2002 Ramones-anthology (different than this another Anthology). This Chrysalis Anthology contains 84 tracks, songs are from studio albums from 80's and 90's. Also contains songs from live albums. See tracklisting here. (June 26, 2002)

- The Ramones is band of the week in Brazil MTV now and they will show lot Ramones specials. (June 2, 2002).

- Like we know, there's been lot about Joey in different magazines. One really nice Joey "tribute" is this month in Spanish magazine Ruta 66. There's extensive interview with Daniel Rey, information about tributes, words by Arturo Vega. In all about 5 pages and Joey in cover.
Other recent cool magazine release is by NME (UK), featuring Original Punks. It has a couple of articles about The Ramones in it as well as some other groups like Sex Pistols, Clash and Blondie. (April 30, 2002)


- A documentary film based on the life of Ramones friend, famous DJ etc. Rodney Bingenheimer is coming out in summer. The movie explores the Hollywood music scene from the sixties to today, through the eyes of Rodney and all those who were there with him. Movie features Ramones, Blondie, Alice Cooper, Joan Jett, Donnas, Nina Hagen etc. Will be directed by: George Hickelooper. More info (April 21, 2002)

- White Jazz records release in April 15, 2002 this long waited tribute album THE SONG RAMONES THE SAME. Album is dedicated to Joey Ramone and it was released Joey's first day-of-death.... White Jazz and it's boss Calle von Schewen worked 1,5 years with this album. White Jazz collected for The Song Ramones The Same bands with really wide range. This is best Ramones tribute compilation ever. These bands are really influenced by The Ramones. Release is supported by live Ramones-tribute night at Göta Källare in Stockholm, Sweden in April 15, 2002. - It is with great pride that we release the ultimate Ramones tribute album: "The Song Ramones The Same"! It is not just one another boring tribute among the rest with mediocre band line-up and bad recordings. Oh no, The Ramones deserves better than that. More info and tracklisting here.
(Picture: at Manitoba's bar, New York, after Joey's 50th Birthday Bash. White Jazz owner Calle is at right on this pic and I mention also people from left: Babi, Randy, I (Jari-Pekka), Shazz, Celine, David Kelly...)
(Updated info April 9, 2002).


- EMI releases again Ramones compilation in UK. From EMI years came out Masters Of Rock compilation in 2001. This is titled Best Of The Emi Years and contains many same songs.. and not surprise that this comes out April 15 (Joey's first day-of-death). See track listing here. (April 1, 2002)

- There's "surprise" at Hard Rock Cafe in Paris. In the stairs there's an entire wall dedicated to The Ramones. It contains: poster for a show at the CBGB '77, early Ramones pictures, autographed picture of Joey Ramone surfing at Coney Island (Punk Magazine's Mutant Monster bash party '77), a bass autographed by the Ramones in 1990, Gabba Gabba Hey -banner. etc. Here's photo collage, which I did, pics by Joe Beurk and his girlfriend. (March 26, 2002)

- More Ramones tribute albums.., this time from heart of NYC by Radical Records. Radical Records is located on Bleecker Street, NYC, is a stone's throw from CBGB's. On May 18th, Radical releases RAMONES FOREVER tribute album. This was originally released as a double CD under the title "1, 2, 3, 4... A Lo-Fi Ramones Tribute" on B-track, Belgium. But track listing is different and this features 23 tracks (1, 2, 3, 4... contains 56). A portion of the proceeds from this record will benefit the Joey Ramone fund c/o New York Hospital Cornell Medical Center in NYC. More info here.(March 23, 2002)

- Yeah, Ramones is now officially in Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. 2002 was for Ramones first year of eligibility. The 17th annual Rock And Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony was held at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City on March 18, 2002. VH1 will air/aired show on March 20 at 9PM. Eddie Vedder was it, who inducted the Ramones into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. More info here (Updated info March 19, 2002)

- Few weeks ago the most best Finnish national radiostation called Radiomafia broadcasted Daniel Rey -interview of Joey's album and also introduced a little bit my Joey Ramone memory book. Show was by Susanna Korhonen.
Next Sunday, March 3, Teemu Skinnari rocks 2 hours show on Hard Rock Club -program in Radio Mafia, 6PM-8PM (GMT +2). It's filled with lot Ramones-stuff, contains parts of the Daniel Rey -interview, infos of my site and book etc. You can listen then show by clicking here. (February 26th, 2002)

- Here comes a special RAMONES radioshow. Joe Beurk did it last Sunday in France and it will be broadcasted in Belgium on: KONSTROY, Friday February 22 at 14 H on Radio Panik 105.4 MHz - Bruxelles. It's a two hours show with Dee Dee's interview, an extensive bio and some classics and some very rare tracks. (February 19, 2002)

- Pearl Jam released many years ago a fan club single, containing a Ramones-cover and Sonic Reducer -cover (Joey on vocals). Pearl Jam's next fan club release contains Ramones-cover I Just Want To Have Something To Do and it's actually a solo acoustic performance by Pearl Jam bass player Jeff Ament. Also Anthrax is one of the bands, who are now recording a Ramones-cover. Cover is We're A Happy Family and it comes for their next CD. (February 5th, 2002)

- Some days ago Spin-magazine named the 50 greatest bands. The criteria for the 50 greatest were that "these groups had to have a roof-raising, history-changing sound, presence or hairstyle." In addition, "they also had to clearly influence today's music in undeniable ways" and "had to be bands that we care about deeply."

Marc Spitz from Spin told: " Punk exists because of the false assumption that the Ramones can be imitated. "1-2-3-4!" Three chords. "Second verse, same as the first." Technically speaking, it's simple. Legend has it that in every city where the Ramones played in support of their 1976 debut, a handful of punk kids started up bands, thinking that they could do it, too. But the Ramones' loud, fast style masked a pop genius. Slow their tempos, and you have got Beach Boys melodies. Replace lyrics about sniffing glue and eating refried beans, and you have got the Ronettes. Give everyone matching leather jackets, and you have got the punk rock Beatles. Just four lads from Queens who birthed thousands of bands, then blew each one away. Like sharks, they didn't evolve. They didn't need to.

HERE IS TOP10: 1. THE BEATLES, 2. RAMONES, 3. LED ZEPPELIN, 4. BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS, 5. NIRVANA, 6. PARLIAMENT/FUNKADELIC, 7. THE CLASH, 8. PUBLIC ENEMY, 9. THE ROLLING STONES, 10. BEASTIE BOYS. (January 14, 2002)


- Really soon comes out spanish Ramones-tribute album Rock & Roll Radio, Vol. 1., on Munster Records. It's co-ordinated by Mikel Biffs, Safety Pins axe and leader. Mikel is also doing and putting out soon second compilation. Here's a track listing. (January 9, 2002)

- I think this news is cool and because the Joey... Many national currencys are changed for Euro in Europe. In future these national currencys will lost their value. In Irish cinemas, before the movie begins, there's a promotional message about giving the old coins away for charity to an association against cancer. The music in background is Blitzkrieg bop. (January 8, 2002)

- Q Magazine in the UK features a great account of the Ramones London debut at Roundhouse in 1976. (January 7, 2002)

- January issue of a French Magazine called "ROCK & FOLK" hit the stores December 15, 2001. Issue is dedicated to the Ramones and contains a really great cartoon cover. Mag includes a poster, pic from 1975. (December 23, 2001)

- On sale on the 6th of December is the UK magazine Uncut. It has every month also a CD. The December issue is a Rolling Stones -issue and it appear in two different covers with different CD's. CD's features cover versions of Rolling Stones -songs. Other of them has Out Of Time covered by The Ramones. Street Fighting man is done by Chelsea. Out Of Time and Street Fighting Man were only Rolling Stones -songs, which Ramones covered. (Updated info December 6th, 2001)

- VH-1 choiced the "Top 50 Hard Rock Artists Of All Time" -listing. The Ramones were Number 17 on the list. Pretty good, beating out even the Rolling Stones. Weird list included everyone from Van Halen to the Sex Pistols to Led Zeppelin (who came in at Number 1). I wasn't heard before of that listing. It was shown last week, but it contained copyright from year 2000. (December 5th, 2001)

- On sale on the 6th of December is the UK magazine Uncut. It has every month also a CD. The December issue is a Rolling Stones -issue and it will appear in two different covers with different CD's. CD's features cover versions of Rolling Stones -songs. Other of them has the Ramones. So it have to be Street Fighting Man or Out Of Time. Only Rolling Stones -songs, which Ramones covered. (Updated info November 25, 2001)

- Empty Records released a saw-blade (shaped CD and 7" on colored vinyl) of the Ramones with the Judy Is A Punk (this first demo recording from 1975). The other side is New York Dolls -song Human Being. Like you can see, CD- and vinyl covers are different. First pressing of the vinyl is half blue - half red and second pressing is half white - half red. Split down the middle of each record. The singles have just come out and both the shaped CD and 7" cost $5.- plus postage ($4.- Europe, $6.- world airmail). These are really worthy to get to own collection. Empty Records has released also before other cool Ramones-records, like this "Monopoly-version" of the We're Outta Here (2LP). (Updated info November 8, 2001)

- Don't be surprised if you hear many times I Wanna Be Sedated on US-TV. "Scrubs"-show finally premiered on NBC television network. Sadly I Wanna Be Sedated is not the theme song, but it may appear at sometime in the future. The advertisement still plays I Wanna Be Sedated as background/theme music. The show appears to be a comedy series about young doctors just out of medical school. I heard that it's a pretty good show; but since about 90% of new fall shows get cancelled at some point, it's anybody's guess as to whether or not it will succeed. So, people in the USA, watch it! It is on Tuesdays on NBC, at 8:30pm, after "Frasier". Also The Ramones song Judy Is a Punk can be heard in the trailers for the upcoming film "The Royal Tenenbaums". It is scheduled for release on Christmas Day, December 25th, and stars an impressive cast including: Gene Hackman, Anjelica Huston, Bill Murray, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Stiller, Danny Glover, and Luke Wilson. You can view/ listen the trailer clicking here. A word of warning for those viewing the trailer: it begins with a Simon & Garfunkel song before segue-ing into "Judy Is A Punk". (Updated info October 10th, 2001).

- Again great and pretty big bands are recorded Ramones-covers. Example Therapy? (Ireland) has recorded a version of the Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment, it's B-side on their latest single titled Gimme Back My Brain. Also Therapy? plays GGST at live. Therapy?'s new album Shameless also contains track Joey, what is dedicated to Joey Ramone and Joey Dunlop. Rammstein just released a new single Ich Will. It contains also Pet Sematary (released in Europe only). Before on this summer CJ, Marky and Jerry Only (Misfits) got up to stage and did a Pet Sematary with Rammstein (check older news). The Burnouts (Denmark) recorded Carbona Not Glue for their second album Close To Breakevil. It comes out October 29 through Bad Afro. The Burnouts is a great band and I've done interviews with them. (Updated info October 5th, 2001)

- Best Of The Old Grey Whistle Test -DVD contains Ramones-performance Rock'N'Roll Highschool. It's filmed in the BBC TV studios 1980. DVD is region zero, so it will play in DVD players in any country. (October 8, 2001)

- Of the some strange reason Adios Amigos and Mondo Bizarro are currently out of stock example from CDNow and Amazon... (October 5, 2001)

- The British music magazine Mojo have done in their October issue the "Top 100 Punk singles of all time" -listing. Ramones-single Blitzkrieg Bop is number 2 and Sheena Is A Punk Rocker number 10. First is Sex Pistols -single God Save The Queen. There's also vote, who was the best punk band? It means, best punk band in England. Sure everybody knows, that Ramones is the best!!!! (Info September 24, 2001)

- I've known this some months already, but now it is time to tell... Ramones is nominated for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The list of voters has about 1000 names and it's secret. It has a lot of record company executives and music industry types like managers, agents, etc., who obviously vote for their own interest. Let's do, what Ramones deserve... (September 19, 2001)

- Friday night Sept. 7 was MTV's Video Music Awards at New York City's Metropolitan Opera House. It was fuckin' stupid that there was a tribute to the Aaliyah, but not for Joey.... But U2's Bono nicely did a mention of the Ramones when U2 won Video Vanguard -award. Bono: "We love New York City... New York City has given us a lot of things, but the best thing it ever gave us was a punkrock group called the Ramones, without whom a lot of people would never have gotten started, certainly us and they lost Joey Ramone, and I would like to give an award to the remaining Ramones, who are going to appear in a very un-punk-rock situation right now. "
Then started Blitzkrieg Bop and Marky, CJ and Johnny (in Elvis shades) came to the stage. Then U2 gave their award to the Marky, CJ and Johnny and helped that way pay tribute to Joey. Then fuckin' MTV went to a quick commercial break.. They didnt even let the Ramones speak or say thank you or anything.. They totally disrespected them.
CJ told that, at MTV's request they were told to say nothing because apparently Joey used to bash MTV. (Joey told many times true things like: MTV sucks. And things what they deserve). Obviously MTV held a grudge. CJ also stressed it was Bono - NOT MTV - that gave The Ramones the award. CJ wanted to dedicate the award to Joey, and to stress that commercial success isn't what it's all about, its so much more.
A few of the people interviewed on the post-show mentioned the Ramones -appearance as the highlight of the show, one was one of the MTV DJ's, named Ian and the other was Sofia Coppola, who was there being interviewed with Spike Jonze who won a director's award.
My friends, Arturo added photos and Winny Kas added video of this happening to his homepage. (Updated September 14, 2001)

- Saturday September 15th at 9PM is Joey Ramone -tribute with host, Lenny Kaye, at the Two Boots Pioneer Theater. Lenny Kaye is presenting a film tribute including short films and a screening of Rock n' Roll High School with surprise shorts and after the tribute there's a screening of the legendary Blank Generation about the "no wave" music scene in NYC from 1976. The Pioneer is at 155 East 3rd St, between Avenue A & B, 212.254.3300. Probably this is going ahead after what happened in New York. (September 13, 2001)

- AMP Records from Canada released Sept 10 their compiling CD " LIFE'S A GAS: A TRIBUTE TO JOEY RAMONE". CD is not typical cover of Ramones songs, it is actually bands playing their owns originals song about Joey or the Ramones. On CD has bands 31 from 13 different countries. Rat Fink play Johnny Ramone's guitar on their track.
Liners notes are done by Joey's brother Mickey Leigh... This really cool cover artwork is done by well known comic artist Darren Merinuk, with art submissions from Jim Campbell and photo by Maggie St. Thomas. First sketch for the CD was a drawing of all 4 Ramones, but AMP Records' Larry Retard decided to just have Joey on the cover. Darren Merinuk is going to finish the first drawing and it will be in my Joey Ramone -memory book, not on this my website or any other places... Thanks Darren.
You fans can order this CD direct from address: Larry Retard/AMP Records, 92 Kenilworth Ave. South, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada L8K-2S9
Prices, containing postages: USA/CANADA $8 AND OTHER COUNTRIES $10. Cash, money orders (payable to LARRY REECE).
MORE INFO AND TRACKLISTING HERE (Updated info September 12th, 2001)

- Double compilation Ramones-tribute album by B Track records called 1, 2, 3, 4. is out now. Album is distributed by Zomba. Album contains Marky on one song and his writing from March, 2001. 1, 2, 3, 4. is dedicated to Joey Ramone, but the idea for the record was made long before the rumours about Joey's illness. Album contains 56 tracks. Bands all over the world cover a Ramones-song in their own style to the album. MORE INFO AND TRACKLISTING HERE. (Updated info September 11st, 2001).

- Check out a clip from an 1985 Dee Dee and Joey interview on BP Fallon's show "The BPFO" on Irish radio. (September 10, 2001)

- RAMONES feature is going up by this weekend at Pastepunk.com. I heard, it's gonna be really cool. (August 31, 2001)

- Shock treatment....for us or not. Sheena Is A Punk Rocker has been on Swedish-single chart many weeks, best chart number has been 12.... Song is featured by young girlgroup called Shebang... And song sounds like Abba.... Girls were coming to meet Dee Dee in Stockholm, Sweden at May, when I was touring with Dee Dee. But girls never came up... You can listen it here, link from Jim Peoples' Ramones-homepage. (August 16, 2001>

- New Ramones-compilation is coming out August 20 on Masters Of Rock -series.. (seems that only in UK???, by EMI). It contains studio tracks from Brain Drain, Mondo Bizarro and Acid Eaters + The Crusher from Adios Amigos. Also seven live tracks. Track listing here.. (August 11, 2001)

- I heard from "half official" source, that Marky has spoke of the new "Ramones-album".... Marky has told that they wanna keep Joey's memory alive and they're planning to record new "Ramones-album", where sing possibly Rob Zombie or Joe Strummer or etc. etc. But don't wait too much of this.... I know that many of the fans can't thing, that there will be anymore come out new Ramones-album. Don't ask me more of this..., I'll update if I heard something. (July 27, 2001, 2001)

- Italian magazine called Metallic Ko released a special issue tribute to Joey Ramone. Magazine was out June 15th and it will cost 12000italian lira (5-5.5$).
Magazine contains many things from my page and infos were used without my permission. At first I was really angry to see that many special listings on Discography-section are from me or based to my infos on this my site, like Joey-discography listing, Ramones-bootleg singles listing, movie-infos etc. Many are straight copies from my site and from my words, like Talkin' Mondo Bizarro. Then finally I got answer, what was happen. Some 15 years boy was helped Luca Frazzi, who is other maincomposer of the mag. Luca didn't knew that this kid was stole infos me. Luca Frazzi is a great guy and he was really sorry of this what happened.
Anyway this is really great mag. This Metallic KO features information from Italy like (OBS!, 90% WITH ITALIAN-LANGUAGE): first articles, first tour and all concerts, history of the fan club, discography, press reviews, wishes and messages for Joey and also Joey's 50th birthday party review... etc. First Italian-tour was in 1980 and from that tour mag contains interview with all four. Also story of the concert in Rainbow, London, February, 1978. Magazine is full of pictures but most of them you've seen already.... Also this Metallic Ko -issue contains a CD with 17 Italian bands playing Ramones-songs. On CD the most of the song are quite normal, but example many fans are liked of the Danny Says performed by Pierpaolo Vettori. (Updated info July 19, 2001)

- Rhino Records released expanded and remastered versions of the first four Ramones' CD's June 19, 2001: Ramones, Leave Home, Rocket To Russia and Road To Ruin. Each CD features the original album art, lyrics and loads of bonus material. Ramones-CD features eight bonus tracks, including the single version of "Blitzkreig Bop" and demo versions of "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend," "Judy Is A Punk," "I Can't Be," and "I Don't Wanna Be Learned/I Don't Wanna Be Tamed." Available for the first time ever are previously unissued demos of "I Don't Care," "Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue," and "You Should Never Have Opened That Door."
Leave Home includes the rare tracks "Babysitter" and "Carbona Not Glue," restored to its original place here for the first time since the album's initial release. As a special bonus, the CD also includes, in its entirety, the Ramones' first Los Angeles concert, never before officially available, but on some bootlegs. The 16-song show captures them live August 12, 1976 at the famous Roxy theater on the Sunset Strip, on tour between their first and second records.
Rocket To Russia include a previously unissued early version of "Needles And Pins," a demo of "Slug," single versions of "Sheena Is A Punk Rocker" and "I Don't Care," and "It's A Long Way Back To Germany," previously available only as a U.K. B-side.
Road To Ruin included here as bonus tracks are the rawer Ed Stasium-produced film versions (as opposed to the Phil Spector-produced soundtrack versions) of "I Want You Around," "Rock & Roll High School," and the live medley of "Blitzkrieg Bop/Teenage Lobotomy/California Sun/Pinhead/She's The One." Also featured are the demos "Yea, Yea" and "Come Back, She Cried a.k.a I Walk Out," available here for the first time ever.
ADVANCE ORDER right now on CD NOW. You can also see reviews of these, by me, John Holmstrom, David Kelly, Jolly, Jessica and Sean on Punk Magazine! (Updated July 3th, 2001)


- Great quote from Henry Rollins in his Spoken Word show in MCV, Utrecht, the Netherlands on June 4, 2001:
How Henry Rollins will solve the Middle East problem:
Send a B52 bomber and bomb both Israeli's and Palestinians with cd's and tapes of the first 4 Ramones albums. Then they all become Ramones fans and stop fighting, because Ramones fans won't fight each other. (June 6, 2001)

- Check out great zine These Boots! and good Ramones-article. You can also order hard copy, I recommend it. Ask from Kitten: kitiki69@hotmail.com (May 16)

- Really cool Ramones-photos by Ed Perlstein (May 15, 2001).

- Triple J is a Australian radio station and they're doing a J-File on the Ramones Thursday 26th. Featuring a rare interview with Joey done in 1980 on their first tour here. There are other interviews as well with Dee Dee, Johnny and Marky. Starts at 10pm finishes 1am...3 hours of REAL music for a change! LISTEN SHOW
Check also many Joey-tribute specials on media...
Lot live stuff that is being played on show has NEVER been played before public, anywhere in the world. They're recorded in 1980 in Sydney Australia, then archived.


- Hollywood's Rock Walk has placed a special shrine on the handprints and signatures of The Ramones. The Ramones Rock Walk block was placed next to Alice Cooper's at Joey's request when the band were honored in 1996. (April 23, 2001

- Spin magazine are taking votes on who are the ultimate punks The Ramones or Sex Pistols... Vote, you know what... (April 12, 2001

- There's Ramones-inspired photo exhibition in Helsinki (Finland) by Tea Stromsholm. Information, address: Lounasravintola Kaspian, Luotsikatu 14, Helsinki. Open from monday - friday: March 21 - April 30, 7.30AM - 15.30PM. (

- In Spain, they released early 2001 special edition of the Anthology-CD. It is the same double CD, but it doesn't come in a box, and the book inside has got only 16 pages. Sleeve is also missing "Hey Ho Let's Go" -logo. Really great is that there's a lot of press coverage in Spain about CD: TV spots, and example on Barcelona has thousands of advertising posters around in the streets.(Feb. 7th, 2001)

- Wednesday 24th (January) came on the FOX Network a show called "Grounded For Life", in the commercial they hold up a Ramones' flyer and it has scenes of them at a concert. Generally Grounded For Life The story of why Jimmy is hiding involves his parents' worship of The Ramones and a nun's difference of opinion. (January 24, 2001)

- This months Mojo magazine (Feb 2001) feature ten Ramones-pages, also Ramones-cover. Also lot more of the 70's New York -punkscene (Jan. 22, 2001).

- Scorpio Music has released some time ago the first five Ramones albums on high quality 180 gram vinyl from the analog master. You can order them online from Music Direct at http://www.amusicdirect.com/, prices are $13.49.(Jan. 18, 2001)

- VH1 Counts Down The '100 Greatest Albums of Rock & Roll' in Five-NightSpecial, Premiering January 15-19 at 10:00 p.m.ET/PT, eigteen artists or groups made unforgettable first impressions, including The Ramones, Patti Smith, Guns N' Roses'... (Jan. 5, 2001)

- On Green Day's new single "Warning", they cover The Ramones' "Outsider". You can listen also audio clip. (December 7, 2000)

- Empty Records is releasing a saw-blade (shaped CD and 7" on colored vinyl) of the Ramones with the track Judy Is A Punk. The other side will be the New York Dolls. (November 16) (More info on year 2001)

- Now a punk photo book, Flash!Bang!Wallop! has published. Book contain punk-era photos of Ian Dickson and also some photos of the Ramones from 1977, with specially written text by Tommy Ramone and Joey Ramone. (October 24, 2000)

- On some pages has rumours about Ramones gigs in South-America and on USA. BUT THERE ARE NO PLANS AT ALL for the Ramones to tour or perform. But Too Tough To Die -movie is different happening, probably... (October 9, 2000).

- On UK has released You Don't Come Close CD + ROM. More info. (September 19th, 2000).

- Updated info about COOL RAMONES-HAPPENING! There's info that Ramones will record a new Ramones-song to the punk thriller Too Tough To Die, before it was named Gabba Gabba Hey! Line-up is possibly: Johnny, Joey, Dee Dee and Marky. (THERE'S NO COMING RE-UNION). Also Ramones will possibly film a cameo also for the movie. MORE INFO (Updated August 8, 2000)

- Rhino-records is releasing a live Ramones DVD on September 26. It will contain a German live show of the Ramones called 'Musik Laden', November 1978 (Updated info: May 10th, 2000).

- I Wanna Be Sedated is in a new movie called Scary Movies (May 10th, 2000).

- Ramones " Happy Birthday, Mr. Burns " performance on Simpsons has now finally included to the CD of the serie, it's called: GO SIMPSONIC. (November 2, 1999)

- There's been many Ramones-happenings also after signing and before coming gigs. Example Joey and Marky were on Howard Stern-show on July 20 and Joey also in Late Night with Conan O'Brien. He talked about the anthology and told some stories about the band. The TV show Metro Guide, will be filming Marky Ramone walking around NYC, going to his favorite clubs, record stores, restaurants, etc for an upcoming episode etc. etc.

- RAMONES INSTORE SIGNING JULY 20TH, 7PM, VIRGIN MEGASTORE, UNION SQUARE, NYC. There will be: Dee Dee, Joey, Johnny, Marky and Tommy. CJ told that he wasn't called anyone from Ramones and also he can't be there due to rehearsals for the next Los Gusanos-CD.

- Warner Archives/Rhino Records will release Ramones 60-song boxed set, July 20, 1999. With all the Ramones best stuff, its definitly happening!!! Box is called HEY! HO! LET'S GO!: THE RAMONES ANTHOLOGY MORE INFO(Updated July 13rd, 1999)

- "Ramones -movie" Rock'N'Roll Highschool will be on Canadian Pay TV channel MoviePix (uncut, no commercials) on June 18, 1999 at 9:00 p.m. eastern and June 28, 1999 at 12:15 p.m. eastern. (June, 1999)

- Here's been talk that to The Ramones were offered to do another movie (First was Rock'N'Roll Highschool). The script is already written, but have to make sure that every Ramones member is able to do it. (May 8th, 1999)

- Cartoon Honors Ramones: A Saturday morning Fox Kids cartoon series titled "Oggy and the Cockroaches" pays homage to defunct New York punk legends the Ramones. Three characters on the show -- Joey, Marky and Dee Dee -- are named after the group's singer, drummer and bassist, respectively. Although he hasn't seen the show, ex-singer Joey Ramone said he thought the tip of the hat to the leather-jacketedw quartet (oddly, guitarist Johnny Ramone is left out) was "really cool."(THIS NEWS IS FROM SONICNET)

- There's a new Kiss movie coming out called Detroit Rock City, and Kiss picked a Ramones song for the film (I don't which song) and The Offspring will cover the Ramones song "I Wanna Be Sedated" in a cameo role in the upcoming comedy-horror film "Idle Hands". (Updated march 26, 1999)