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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Tommy Ramone, the last surviving member of the legendary punk band The Ramones, has died at his Queens, N.Y., home after a battle with bile duct cancer. He was 65. Born Erdelyi Tamas, in Budapest, Hungary, the founding drummer of the band co-produced their first three albums in the 1970s. He was preceded in death by band mates Joey Ramone (2001), Dee Dee Ramone (2002) and Johnny Ramone (2004).


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Their songs remain timeless.


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That's really sad.

#1 | Posted by PunchyPossum at 2014-07-12 02:37 AM | Reply | Flag:

The C.I.A. took him away too.


#2 | Posted by HanoverFist at 2014-07-12 08:38 AM | Reply | Flag:

Need more coffee.

#3 | Posted by HanoverFist at 2014-07-12 08:52 AM | Reply | Flag:

Damn. RIP

#4 | Posted by SLBronkowitz at 2014-07-12 09:51 AM | Reply | Flag:

Well now who's gonna stop the cretins from hopping?

#5 | Posted by Harry_Powell at 2014-07-12 11:00 AM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

Sad news. This is a fitting time to discuss which of The Ramones' songs was the greatest. I think I'm still going with "Blitzkrieg Bop":


#6 | Posted by rcade at 2014-07-12 11:03 AM | Reply | Flag:

There has never been another band like the Ramones. So glad I got to see them perform live.

#7 | Posted by cbob at 2014-07-12 11:04 AM | Reply | Flag:

Beat on the brat
Beat on the brat
Beat on the brat with a baseball bat
Oh yeah, oh yeah, uh-oh.

Classic lyrics from a real classic rock band.

The term "Punk" actually came from the CEO of MCA to describe independent record companies that signed supposedly lesser talented bands to their labels. MCA, Polygram and the other majors would only sign "high concept" artists who played large venues and did Dick Clark at least once.

Hard to imagine that KISS was a punk band before they sold out to corporate america and started wearing makeup and doin the KISS ARMY schtick.

Ramones and even the Sex Pistols never sold out. They played the music they wanted and didn't care about the rest of it. That was not the proper attitude for the corporate (make the moola) types. That's why its called the "music business". They could not get behind anything they couldn't totally control.

Which is kinda the point even today. It is by no accident that rock music mush on the FM Radio all sound alike everywhere in the US.

The Ramones sang "I wanna be sedated"... and we were....

They will be missed.

#8 | Posted by Pegasus at 2014-07-12 11:21 AM | Reply | Flag:

A sad day at Rockaway Beach.
RIP, Tommy.

#9 | Posted by squinch at 2014-07-12 11:26 AM | Reply | Flag:

Ramones and even the Sex Pistols never sold out.

Umm, no. The Sex Pistols are as fraudulent as you can get. One of the original boy bands that was the brain child of Malcolm McLaren.

At least KISS was honest about their selling out.

#10 | Posted by Ben_Berkkake at 2014-07-12 03:03 PM | Reply | Flag:

Last member of the last band teens could huff glue to...

#11 | Posted by catdog at 2014-07-12 03:36 PM | Reply | Flag:

No pet cemetery jokes for the first 24 hours please.

#12 | Posted by Tor at 2014-07-12 05:54 PM | Reply | Flag:

I was never a fan, really, but there's no denying the impact they had.
What's amazing is that many rockers from the 60s are still around.

All but one of the original Stones...including Keith Richards, of all people.
All but two of the original Beach Boys.
All but two of Pink Floyd.
...of The Beatles.
...of The Who.
...of Led Zeppelin.
All but one of Deep Purple.
All but one of Yes.

Hell, isn't Chuck frickin' Berry still kicking?

#13 | Posted by TheTom at 2014-07-13 11:14 AM | Reply | Flag:

"The Sex Pistols are as fraudulent as you can get. "

Maybe, but their first (really only) album was great. Steve Jones is still awesome. The Clash, they were great. X was great, and still is.

#14 | Posted by Harry_Powell at 2014-07-13 11:47 AM | Reply | Flag:

"Hell, isn't Chuck frickin' Berry still kicking?


Now only is he still around, but he still plays to sold out crowds at Blueberry Hill in St. Louis with some frequency.

#15 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2014-07-13 08:29 PM | Reply | Flag:

Chuck Berry, chubby checker, and Jerry Lee Lewis are all still alive.

#16 | Posted by Tor at 2014-07-13 10:51 PM | Reply | Flag:


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