INFORMATION OF CJ RAMONE'S EX-BAND BAD CHOPPER

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AFTER BAD CHOPPER CJ RAMONE STARTED USING CJ RAMONE AS A BAND NAME AND STARTED PLAYING WITH DANIEL REY (RAMONES PRODUCER WHO CO-WROTE MANY RAMONES CLASSICS) ETC. IN 2008
LINE-UP KEPT CHANGING, SEE HERE HIS TOUR DATES AND LINE-UP INFORMATION.
LAST BAD CHOPPER SHOWS WERE IN 2008. CJ HAS SAID BAD CHOPPER WAS OVER WHEN FOUNDING MEMBER MARK SHEEHAN PASSED AWAY ON OCTOBER 1, 2010.

CJ RAMONE RELEASED RECONQUISTA ALBUM DIGITALLY ON JUNE 29, 2012, AND OFFICIALLY IN 2013. READ MORE HERE.



- SEE CJ RAMONE'S NEWS.

- MORE INFO OF THE CJ'S PREVIOUS BAND LOS GUSANOS (SPLITTED UP)

- OFFICIAL BAD CHOPPER HOMEPAGE
/ BAD CHOPPER MYSPACE SITE



LATEST BAD CHOPPER -NEWS: OCTOBER 5, 2010:
CJ Ramone started playing with Ramones' producer Daniel Rey etc. in 2008. He hadn't played Bad Chopper shows since late 2008. See his tour dates here.

About recordings... CJ said in December, 2010,: "Been in the studio with Daniel Rey and Michael Stamberg. We recorded two songs for Mosrite Records and we started on my new album."
And in late August, 2011, CJ updated: "Gotta get my new CD finished up. Want it ready for the spring (2012)!
And in early October, 2011, CJ explained more how record is going to be: "The album really is a tribute to The Ramones. I did not sit down and say, "I am going to write Ramones sounding songs." I wrote Three Angels On My Shoulder song as a tribute to Johnny, Joey, Dee Dee and Tommy. It was my moment of thanking them for everything they did before I came along and for all the great times I had in my life as a fan. It is a lot like a Ramones record. It has everything from the Joey and Dee Dee type of pop love songs to more of the hardcore style stuff. These are songs that I have written over the course of the last couple of years and I am really excited to get it finished up and get it out. Album will be called Reconquista. That is kind of how I see this album. It is me kind of taking back a little bit of my musical life. I have not liked any new music for a long time.

October, 2010, arrived sad news. The former singer of hardcore band Out Cold and member of Bad Chopper, Mark Sheehan passed away on October 1, 2010, in his hometown Dracut, MA, USA. Mark Sheehan, 41, died unexpectedly. His love of music saw him transition between numerous roles, including guitar, bass, vocals, drums, even recording/producing. He played for Bad Chopper drums and guitar.

The Bad Chopper finished recording their debut full length album in January 2007. USA version of it was released in CD format in December 2007 and in vinyl version in February, 2008 by Acme Records.
Mariano Asch's record label Rockaway Records released Argentinean pressing of the album in August, 2008. Another Mariano, Mariano Perez filmed promotional video of Do It To Me song in summer 2008. You can find video from their homepage's media section. They did play first shows since 2004 in July-August, 2008. See all dates here.
The show in Buenos Aires in August, 2008 was recorded for potential release on CD or DVD. Bad Chopper is not sure at this time which will see the light of day, but at least one of them surely will.

This Bad Chopper studio album has 12 songs, and only 2 of them were officially released before. They recorded etc. songs together with "Ramones producer" Daniel Rey. They were doing artwork of the album with time etc. Album is released by Acme Records (see order details below).
- So the vinyl version was released in February, 2008. The first 100 orders of the LP had the opportunity to have it autographed by the band. Bad Chopper got chance to autograph LP's and I just sent (March 10, 2008) those orders. Those who would like a copy please send your order in. Once they're gone, they're gone.
- The price for the vinyl is 10US$ in the USA, 12US$ in Canada and Mexico and 18US$ for the rest of the world ($10.50/$12.60/$18.90 via Paypal to account jevicci@juno.com), explained Acme Records owner John Evicci.

I (Jari-Pekka) want to mention that prices are really low, and of course you can pay few extra dollars as a thank for John Evicci that he release this record (see also other releases Acme Records has put out). Read also an nice interview with CJ Ramone concerning this Bad Chopper album, CJ did it Bram van Schaik. Click here to read it .

John also told following: "CJ brings his signature songwriting and sense of melody to these 12 tracks of simple yet effective rockin' punk tunes. Not attempting to resurrect the Ramones, but rather just channelling his innate gift for writing great catchy, from-the-hip punk rock. One listen to this and you'll understand how he made the cut in that most important punk rock institution that was the Ramones."

PHOTO IS TAKEN AT THE REHEARSE OF BAD CHOPPER BY MARIANO PEREZ ON MAY 31, 2008: FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: JOHN EVICCI, CJ RAMONE, MARK SHEEHAN AND BRIAN COSTANZA.

Line-up on the Bad Chopper CD is:
CJ Ramone: vocals and bass.
Mark Sheehan: drums, and some guitars and vocals.
Brian Costanza: guitar.

Additional musicians:
Daniel Rey: guitar.
Walter Lure: lead guitar (you know Walter from the Heartbreakers fame etc.)

John Evicci wrote to me in June, 2008: "The Bad Chopper line-up is still officially CJ Ramone, Mark Sheehan, and Brian Costanza. I'm just brought in on drums when they tour so they can have two guitarists live. I did not play on the album. John Chadwick is no longer involved at this point."

TRACKLISTING OF THE BAD CHOPPER CD:
1) Real Bad Time
2) Sick Of It
3) Ain't No Criminal
4) Why
5) Headshot
6) Diabla
7) Do It To Me
8) Come On Now
9) Lucky Girl
10) 1965
11) All The Pretty Girls
12) Good Enough For Me

ORDER INFOS OF THE ALBUM:
The Bad Chopper CD and LP can be purchased directly from the Acme Records. Like you can order CD by sending 8US$ (North-America) or 11US$ (outside North America) to:
Acme Records
PO Box 441
Dracut MA 01826
USA

You can purchase it also via PayPal, by sending 8.40US$ (North-America) or 11.55US$ (outside North America) via Paypal to
jevicci@juno.com
Ask from John prices of the LP: jevicci@juno.com
As well you can buy songs/albums by downloading them from iTunes, click here to do so.

ORDER T-SHIRTS:
CJ asked me to add link to the website where you can buy his official T-shirts, click here. There was for example regular Bad Chopper and Los Gusanos (Los Gusanos is CJ's old band) T-shirts, baseball T-shirts, women's cap sleeve T-shirts etc. in October, 2008.

REVIEW OF THE CD:
This review was released on the Sun Herald newspaper in the USA on March 28, 2008 by Ricky Flake (aka Lobotommy).
"This CD/vinyl release is the long-awaited full-length album from latter-day Ramones bassist CJ Ramone, who is fronting Bad Chopper on bass/vocals under his real name, CJ Ward.
Immediately following the Ramones' 1996 retirement, CJ's band, The Warm Jets (name later changed to Bad Chopper), played around NYC and did South American touring with various line-ups. Then, he helped raise his children, one of whom is autistic. Parenthood is ongoing, of course, but now CJ is ready to rock again.
Daniel Rey, producer/extra guitarist on some of the Ramones' later albums, is behind the board for this blistering slab of punk rock. There are some similarities to the Ramones (minus most of the witty lyrics), but the Stooges and other punk forefathers also come to mind.
Highlights include "Diabla," "Real Bad Time" and the two featuring Heartbreakers/Ramones studio guitarist Walter Lure, especially "Sick of It."
Rey's nifty guitar adorns my current fave, "Good Enough for Me" plus one more. Ramones fans and devotees of churning NYC punk rock can get this one locally or online at www.acmerecords.net
."



UNCORRECT RUMOURS:
There were in 2006 some rumours that CJ has left music business behind of him, but that is bullshit. Don't believe all rumours! I had long meeting with CJ Ramone in May 2005 and he was then excited of songs which comes to the CD. CJ also recorded song together with Bien Desocupados (Argentina) to the Todos Somos Ramones tribute album released by Rockaway Records/ Mariano Asch. During this my trip in 2005 I was talking of Todos Somos Ramones with CJ and Marky, both were really satisfied for it.



OLDER NEWS:
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. 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. Bad Chopper's song is titled Why Why Why Why Why Why and it's pretty rough.

Los Gusanos was great band and their split up was really bad news for me and for many fans. But now CJ is back with his new band called Bad Chopper. At first band was called Warm Jets, but there was other band named that. Early this year 2001 I was first person who told to Warm Jets of this other band. I don't know why it took so long to change the name. They changed it September 2001. Band released with name Warm Jets their debut single through really cool label called Acme Records on winter 2000. That single contains two outstanding tracks of raw, stripped-down punk rock & roll.

In Spring 2002 Woimasointu, Mark Sheehan (Bad Chopper drummer) and CJ were changing ideas about possible single release and all came in together and on February 19, 2003 was released single by Woimasointu. This is 7" single with songs Real Bad Time and Diabla. 500 copies was released as a limited edition in red/blue/white splattered vinyl and rest in black vinyl.

The 4 song promoCD was supposed to be released (Sep 2001) to the South American -tour. But not at last because of the name change and Bad Chopper played in South-America only 3 gigs. After they came back, they headed into the studio to start working on the full lenght CD. Acme Records owner John Evicci was playing drums on this gig. The guitarist John Chadwick couldn't do it, so Mark (the drummer) moved to guitar and John Evicci was in drums. ...and more line-up changes, In winter 2002 Bad Chopper became a 3-piece with Brian Costanza taking over all guitar duties.
Flavio done the artwork for Bad Chopper Hangar 100, Sao Paolo gig and here's a a flash pop up windows to promote the shows at: http://www.ataquefrontal.com.
Bad Chopper also did an afternoon autograph-session, in London Calling. At first CJ played their new song Real Bad Time and single-songs. CJ doesn't wanna play anymore Ramones-songs and he told, this was his last time. On this Bad Chopper -concert played Ramones-songs: Strength To Endure, Main Man, I Got A Lot To Say, Listen To Your Heart and Glad To See You Go. Check out William's pics of the autograph session and gig.

Listen through Arturo's site Real Bad Time -song..

Warm Jets -debut single (2000)
Side A - She Says (3.01)
Side B - Diabla (2.54)

Only 113 pressed on white vinyl...., so it's gonna be rare collector item soon, hope you got your copy.... (the rest are pressed on clear vinyl). You can buy single through Acme Records -homepage.

Gig dates.

LINE-UP ON FIRST SINGLE:
CJ: Vocals, bass
John: Guitar
Mark: Drums
In summer 2001 Warm Jets got for a while another guitar player John, who also played on Los Gusanos.




HERE ARE CHORDS FOR BAD CHOPPER SONG REAL BAD TIME:

INTRO: (F#) G (F#) G Bb x 3
Eb Bb F C

VERSE: (F#) G (F#) G x 3
Eb Bb F C
HAD A REAL BAD TIME BECAUSE OF YOU x 4

RUN DOWN: G F Eb D
RIGHT NOW I'M GONNA MAKE YOU PAY
OH YEAH I'M GONNA MAKE YOU PAY

VERSE RIFF: REAL B-A-D X 4

RUN DOWN:
HAD A REAL BAD TIME BECAUSE OF YOU x 4

VERSE RIFF: REAL B-A-D x 4

RUN DOWN:
HAD A REAL BAD TIME BECAUSE OF YOU x 4

VERSE RIFF: REAL B-A-D X 3
END (F#) G (F#) G x 3 Eb Bb F