Musical palate cleanser, another R.I.P. edition

Damn, Tommy.  Now they’re all gone.

I saw the Ramones on a twin bill with Graham Parker and the Rumour, Thanksgiving night, 1976, at the old Agora.  There were less than 10 people in the audience.  I felt privileged to be there.


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22 responses to “Musical palate cleanser, another R.I.P. edition

  1. DawgFaithful

    Saw that this AM. Bummer. Have you seen CBGB yet? Pretty cool movie. It’s been on Starz recently

  2. Mg4life0331

    I wanna be sedated?

  3. mwo

    I was talking about this with another old guy (like me) at work this morning. We were the only 2 out of about 25 who had heard of them. One of the young guys asked if they were brothers. My favorite is ” The KKK took my baby away”

    • DawgFaithful

      I’m 32 and have been rocking the Ramones since childhood. I grew up in Macon. Musically rich town. But you’re right. Most people my age don’t know who the Ramones are. Watch CBGB if you haven’t seen it. Pretty cool

      • Took my sons to see The Who when they were in middle school. Late night. One of my son’s room mates this past year did not know who Graham Nash or Cat Stevens was. I didn’t know what to make of that. Either he needs to listen to more music… or I Am getting old. Damn.😉

  4. Dawg Vegas

    Damn. Sad news, and I feel old yet again.

    Sounds like a great night there Senator! I was (barely) too young for the Agora that year, and for the Clash. I miss that place and 688 and the Metroplex quite a bit. Mostly I miss being able going out to see bands and not having to get up for work the next day.

    I saw GP & the Rumor a few times too, once from the front row of the Omni when they opened for Clapton.

  5. gastr1

    I got the pleasure of seeing Marky Ramone’s Blitzkrieg play with Andrew W. K. on lead vocals. Marky was not an original Ramone, but he played with them for a while, and the concert was spot-on. Andrew W. K. has more stage style than Joey did, but his singing was bang-on (and I’d rather he not try to ape Joey, personally). If you a chance to catch Marky, do go. It was damn good.

  6. gastr1

    Let me also point out that that’s a hell of a memory, Senator. For those of us who have kids, I urge you to take them to shows like that early, early, because you never know when the act will be gone and the early memories are really profound. I am about the only person I know younger than 50 who saw Elvis Presley, because my mother took me when I was seven. Start ’em little!

  7. Marc

    10 people for the Ramones and Graham Parker? Was there a compelling Egg Bowl on TV that night?

  8. Mike Cooley

    Punk is lost on me for the most part. To me it just sounds like rock with musicians who aren’t very good or are not trying to play very well. Not there is anything wrong with that. Lol. But I do appreciate what punk led to in terms of some of the bands that came later who were influenced by it. And even I can’t help but get caught up in the Ramones. I don’t claim to have much knowledge of their catalogue at all but who doesn’t love Blitzkrieg Bop?

    • gastr1

      Do you like the doo-wop of the 50s? Check out some Ramones videos from 78-83 and note the resemblance between 50s greaser culture and their spin on punk. “Sheena” is a good example…there’s even crooning on occasion. (at 6:30 on this legendary performance:

  9. Gone at 62 from bile duct cancer. Lymphoma and prostate cancer took two of his band mates. That’s pretty young… for all those guys. And unusual diseases for their ages.

    • Some think Lower Manhattan and Queens being built over some pretty awesome landfills may have had something to do with it

      • Ouch. I didn’t know that. My best friend had prostate cancer. I went with him when the doc was discussing the surgery. Not an attractive proposition. Made me pucker. Prostate is not really located in a convenient locale in spite of that physical exam. He went to Miami. I went with him. Took it out through his belly button. No shit. He’s fine now. He’s a little hyper about all the cancer screening. I guess so. He gets on my butt about all the checks. I guess I shouldn’t object. Still, colonoscopy and prostate checks are not my thing.

        • doiknowu

          The only bad part of the colonoscopy is the prep the night before. The propofol and/or midazolam ensures you won’t feel any of the procedure. And the prep sure as hell beats end-stage colon cancer. Bite that bullet.

          • Joe

            “Won’t feel any of the procedure.” MY ASS!

            Maybe I’m just pissed off because I’m not yet 30 and have had the joy of a colonoscopy. Also, though I like punk rock I never really cared for The Ramones. I bet they put on a helluva live show, however.

            • Alright Joe. I don’t like it either. No reason to harsh on
              doiknowu. Hope it all works out.

              How often you should be screened depends on the test and your risk for colon cancer. If you’re at average risk and choose colonoscopy, you should have the procedure every 10 years, starting at age 50. Colonoscopy may be performed earlier and more often in people at increased risk, including those with a personal or family history of polyps or colorectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, or a hereditary syndrome such as familial adenomatous polyposis or hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer (Lynch syndrome).

              • Joe

                The worst part was hearing my doctor (a highly respected surgeon I might add) say in frustration, “It just doesn’t make sense. Those are frightening words coming from a doctor.

  10. Mary Kate Danaher

    It’s a shitty world in which all those Kardashians are still alive and all the original Ramones are dead.

    Best Ramones song: Animal Boy.