Skip to comments.Tommy Ramone, Last Original Member of the 1970s Punk Band The Ramones, Dies at 62
Posted on 07/12/2014 12:20:03 AM PDT by nickcarraway
The Ridgewood, Queens, resident had been in hospice and suffering from bile duct cancer, according to Variety. Ramone was a drummer and producer who performed on the bands first three albums.
Drummer Tommy Ramone, the last member of the original 1970s punk band the Ramones, died Friday of cancer, according to Variety. He was 62.
The Ridgewood, Queens, resident had been in hospice and suffering from bile duct cancer, the trade publication reported.
Ramone, born in Budapest, Hungary, was a drummer and producer who performed on the groundbreaking bands first three albums, Variety said.
Yikes. Did any of them live to see old age ? RIP.
The Ramones and Sex Pistols sucked.
At least it wasn’t disco.
Interesting how tastes go.
What bands are you talking about that actually wrote melodic rock.
One of the last times my stepdaughter rode in my car before she passed away, we were jokingly singing along to “I Wanna Be Sedated”.
What you wrote is utter BS.
I loved the Ramones.
Sorry to hear about your step daughter.
They did a lot more, music wise, than you!
Thank goodness for that.
The Ramones and their ilk served notice on the world that disco was dead, that the overblown nonsense of the English "progressive" bands had run its course, and people just wanted to get back to good 'ol rock'n'roll.
At least I laugh about how horrifically silly we sounded going down the road.
I still stumble through the song when it comes on.
I’m old enough to have referred to The Ramones et al as “punks” when it was still a term of derision among musicians. At the time I was playing ProgRock and had no use for the noise and anger of that form of “music”.
Over the years, I came to a greater appreciation of the genre and now know that The Ramones were, indeed, ground-breaking in their way. I still do not prefer to listen to very much if any punk music and still consider it to be crude and unfocused.
Rest In Peace, Tommy Ramone. You need it!
Yes, they were rough-edged, but that was part of their stage presence. The Ramones filled a need for that unvarnished, ungilded type of rock unified by it’s wild guitar riffs, and a feigned distain for societies conventions. Every new generation of teens will look for a standard bearer of their angst and their brand of significance. In the late 70s and early 80s many kids were still reacting to the strong influences of the Beatles very mellow or esoteric type of music. Lou Reed’s style as in the New York Dolls or Velvet Underground was gaining strength and devotees. Some folks turned to what I call the Symphonic Goth music of The Cure. I liked disco, for what is was, which was a way to enjoy being out dancing with others. I never felt one had to choose only one kind of music to like, and thus spend energy
on hating or criticizing all other types.
Give you that.
My screen name for almost 20 years has been lilyramone because a lily is my favorite flower and I was listening to the Ramones with my nephew when I was online creating a screen name on some site...RIP Tommy
In that day, thinking Cars, Bondie, Boston, Steve Miller Band, Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Skynard, etc. They wrote, produced, and played actual songs that still live on today in many jukeboxes. The Ramones were noise, and worse was the Sex Pistols. You rarely hear them because they had no soul - just angst that appealed to some teenagers. You rarely even hear Nirvana that was a re-constituted punk band. Nothing new there either.
Didn't the Ramones come out right when Disco was first becoming popular?
Good for you. Enjoy what you will. We all have our musical tastes, but the Ramones were just an over-hyped punk rock group that were promoted by their producer at a time they showed a difference from the mellow California sound (think Fleetwood Mac and others above). They don't have one song that will stand the test of time. Show me one song on a jukebox by the Ramones.
Blondie loved the Ramones.
Thing is, you’re wrong.
Ramones are played at baseball games now. People like it.
They were quite melodic.
De gustibus non disputandum.
No arguing matters of taste.
The problem of course is that yesterday’s nonconformism becomes today’s styles, and then social rebels have to find another way to rebel.
Didn’t the Ramones say they were trying to create songs like 1960s bubblegum music?
I don’t judge music by “if it’s played on a jukebox”.
You are giving your opinion. Not facts.
Many people love the Ramones. Many musicians are influenced by them. I believe their music and influence will stand the test of time.
Again, giving your opinion is of course fine. But stating your opinions as fact is absurd.
Ouch. That cut me to the bone...har! So now I agree they were musical genious - not. Crap is crap no matter how you want to slice it. It may have been a moment in your life, but then I feel bad for you not knowing melodic music.
I grew up with Motown and the greatest R&B groups ever, so I know a little of about this music stuff, not to mention being a drummer and lead singer in bands. No, I didn't reach their level, so what? Later, I grew to love the Stones and their renditions of R&B classics and their own originals. The Beatles sucked.
Have fun listening to the Ramones. Music is what you feel. If you're about their songs, so be it.
That was my problem with the early punk movement. They were pretty much just noise and had NO "focus" for their sound. It was all about thrashing power chords while the lead singer wailed and complained. But then, that was their point. Sorry, I thought the Ramones sucked.
Wow. Bet you’re a real hit at parties.
My husband and I were singing along to “Blitzkrieg Bop” a few days ago. Our youngest was amazed that Mommy & Daddy knew of such things,
Amazing talents who will always be missed.
The Beatles did suck, and Sid Vicious has nothing on you when it comes to angst.
But the Sex Pistols song about abortion, “Bodies” nails it. Ugly song for an ugly thing. I never heard it until they had a list of conservatives songs.
A lot of it is. A lot of it isn't.
Yes, I know that Blondie was part of the original CBGB nite club back in the day. Okay, I could be wrong, but never heard a melodic song by the Ramones. Please direct me to one of their melodic hits.
If the song sounds melodic, as in vocal melody, I will apologize to all.
Actually, I used to be while playing drums and/or singing. Not so much now. Do you really care?
Killing me...ha!! Think Crimson and Clover.
No one cares. Go listen to Boston.
Of course. Music is a subjective medium. I have a little experience in music as a lead singer and drummer and rhythm guitar player, so I state things as I see them...as do we all. Unfortunately, sometimes it comes out too strong because I so believe in melody.
I grew up listening to Bach, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Wagner, Strauss, et al. I also grew up listening to the Crystals, Ronettes, Dion, Smokey, Supremes and all of Motown. I know melody when I hear it. I never heard a melody from the Ramones, but I'm open to hearing such. Probably tuned them out because of their thrash playing. Give me a song to listen to.
Sorry to have P'd you off.
No. But others will as the weekend progresses. Best of luck.
Okay. I will turn it up.
Uncool, Jenny. I was listening to Rock n' Roll as far back as 1955, probably way before you were born. I've tried to be courteous and reasonable, but you have to go there? Really? But then, this is what happens when discussing favorites of any medium. Want to talk about the Housewives of Who Gives a Sh*t? Sure I can make some statement you don't like about Clara.
My late ex-boyfriend loved the Ramones. They always remind me of him blasting them in his car and singing along. Sorry for your loss and sad about Tommy- too young.
Yes, Supertramp was over-produced as was ELO and others like Styx. Although, I liked them at the time, I never listen to them anymore even though I have the CD’s. Agree that The Clash and was raw like a garage band. They kinda held my interest for awhile.
I probably look like an idiot jabbering to myself and laughing when that song comes on.
But those were fun times that I sorely miss.
Sorry about the ex, hope the memories for you are fun ones at least.
They influenced quite a few bands that came after.
very sad........don’t forget Joey Ramone was a true conservative when he died way too young....the Ramones were great because they made punk mainstream...the original album was recorded in less than 24 hours and was very raw...their best effort...any teenager with a leather jacket was a Ramone for a couple of years
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