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Gerard
09-01-2005, 06:09 PM
Went to see Ramones biopic at Camden Odeon. Elegaic sections were mercifully short and overall it was an interesting portrait of four very different personalities attempting to run a very peculiar business.

These personalities best undesrtood by drawing thumbnails of them in mid/late career:

Tommy: Plump, ponytailed studio boffin

Dee Dee: Malevolent smack elf

Joey: Peacable, gawky liberal New York jew

Johnny: Hard-nosed martial money-man, staunch Republican (since age 10), jaw-droppingly humourless


The only up-beat note in a grindingly predictable, hardworking twenty odd years ('79-demise) was huge popularity in Brazil. Spector interlude gratifyingly wierd.

Seen it? Thoughts?

Woebot
10-01-2005, 09:23 AM
to run a very peculiar business.
love the idea of The Ramones as a business :-D

Gerard
10-01-2005, 11:42 AM
Absolutely a business, corporate identity and all.

Yikes! Looking at their logo in the context of Johnny's hardline republicanism is scary.

Arturo Vega was their Art Director. Wonder what else he did.

wonk_vitesse
13-01-2005, 06:26 PM
I love the way the Pistols came over to the US and completely screwed it for them. In the aftermath no-one wanted to touch punk in case they puked on the mixer desk.........It does show the early Clash in a different light, as a Ramanoes rip off! Seeing the Dolls b4 makes you realise what the Ramones did , kinda focus the rock sound in a tight'n'speedy direction, at the time, very ground breaking.

pipikakahoofd
02-02-2005, 10:19 AM
not being a particularly huge ramones fan, i was dragged along to it.
the thing i remember most about it was what an asshole johnny came across as... almost to the point where you wondered how they stuck together all those years. given the junkie/hard-ass republican/obsessive-compulsive liberal axis.
the hip-hop stylings of dee-dee were great too, one of the few breaks in the tedium of late period stuff.

Gerard
02-02-2005, 12:54 PM
Guess they stuck together for the filthy $. Some of the shocking specimens I've worked with over the years make Johnny look like an angel :confused:

sufi
04-06-2016, 12:15 AM
http://www.rollingstone.com/music/features/the-curse-of-the-ramones-20160519
a bit boring but correct about they are finally making it now after all these years

sufi
04-06-2016, 12:16 AM
didn't someone post up the ramones comic some time?