Sunday, July 13, 2014

Tommy Ramone, R.I.P.

I'm not always best at keeping up on the passing of musicians but I wanted to mention the unfortunate sad passing of Tommy Ramone. As I  may have said once a long time ago; The Ramones were one of my biggest influences as a kid. They were the gateway band that drew me to punk and underground music to begin with. It's hard to believe all the originals are now gone, all of them passing way too young. When I say originals, I mean that in a literal sense. Even though Marky may have missed the first three Lp's; he'll always be as much the Ramones drummer as Tommy was, and therefore, (in my mind anyways) an original.
In the beginning, Tommy was supposed to be The Ramones manager but ended up taking over drum duties when Joey moved to vocals. He remained their drummer from 1974 to 1978, playing on and co-producing their first three Lp's, as well as playing on the classic live LP, "It's Alive".
Tommy passed away July 11th, 2014 at his home from cancer, he was 65, R.I.P.

♫♫♫...Gabba Gabba Hey...♫♫♫


Viacomclosedmedown on youtube said...

Yeah, it's a tough loss when finding out all Tommy did like produce the Replacements first album or come up with the line "Hey, ho! Let's go!" Tough loss for us all.

Anonymous said...

What a lot of people have missed is that Tommy pulled the Ramones together. It was basically his idea. He'd already had a grounding in the industry and had worked on albums such as Hendrix's Band of Gypsies and Herbie's Headhunters. He'd also played guitar in glam bands like Butch with long time friend and future Ramones Road Manager Monte Melnick. Monte and Tommy put together the Performance Space in NYC, home to among others, the early New York Dolls. It was there the Dolls influenced a legion of future rock stars including Bowie, Kiss and of course the Ramones. Tommy managed the Ramones, played drums, produced and fronted all the interviews (at the suggestion of Johnny). Without Mr. Erdélyi I doubt the Ramones would have happened. A quiet achiever and a humble man. RIP Tommy.

Anonymous said...

Sad to hear/know about his passing. A tough loss indeed. Anyway, the links to the 'DOA - Disco Sucks EP' and the 'Bad Brains - Pay to Cum single' are both down. A re-upload is much appreciated. Thanks. Cheers. RIP Tommy man.

Chris Damned said...

Great history here too.