Monday, January 14, 2008
Ramones documentary plus new vocab word.
Top Ten Things I Learned From Watching End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones
10. The Ramones survived more than 20 years, through disco, 80's hair bands, metal, and grunge.
9. The Ramones made little to nothing off album sales and earned everything off tours and T-shirt sales.
8. The Ramones went through 3 drummers (Tommy Ramone, Marky Ramone, Elvis Ramone [a.k.a. Clem Burke of Blondie, who filled in for three shows and was "horrible"], and back to Marky Ramone) and two bass players (Dee Dee Ramone was replaced by C.J. more than halfway through).
7. On his hiatus from the group, bass player Dee Dee Ramone pursued a rap career as "Dee Dee King."
6. Bass player Dee Dee Ramone was the main songwriter, with singer Joey Ramone and drummer Tommy Ramone trailing behind. Guitarist Johnny Ramone barely wrote any songs.
5. Guitarist Johnny Ramone was ultra-conservative and singer Joey Ramone was ultra-liberal. For the last ten years, it appears they didn't talk to each other that much at all. (This could have also been because Joey's first longterm girlfriend, Linda, left him for Johnny, whom she eventually married.)
4. Dee Dee didn't appreciate being told what to wear (black leather jackets) and wanted to branch out musically (hence the rap). Johnny wanted to play the same style as the first album forever.
3. The Ramones worked with Phil Spectre on an album (End of the Century). During the sessions, he held them hostage at his house at gunpoint, and at one point had them play the same note mutiple (50+) times in the studio.
2. Playing eighth notes on the hi-hat and eighth note downstrokes on the guitar can really wear you out. Especially when you do it for 120 minutes. With no stops.
1. The Ramones collectively and individually are very, very, very, very, very, very, very strange looking and mentally disturbed.
0. Johnny Ramone was sad the week that Joey Ramone was dying and finally passed, but, from his words, not because of the loss of a friend (see #5 on this list), but because of the loss of a Ramone.
Today at work my boss called me "sterling." I didn't know what to make of it until I looked up its alternate definitions:
4. Thoroughly excellent: a man of sterling worth.