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A typical minute live set would include almost 20 songs. Not when the band first formed, of course. And 20 of them would just be the band yelling at each other.
As a longtime Ramones fan, I was very moved by Mickey Leigh's memoir about growing up as the younger brother of Joey Ramone, who died tragically of cancer in The book has just come out in paperback with a new epilogue. I was thrilled to have a chance to ask Mickey Leigh a few questions.
The song, written by bassist Dee Dee Ramonerefers to what was then a well-known spot for male prostitution in New York Cityknown as "the Loop". Shortly after the song was written, the block between 3rd and Lexington avenues was cleared to make way for one of Manhattan 's tallest skyscrapersthe Citigroup Center. Years later, the Lipstick Building was built on the east side of 3rd Avenue at 53rd.
Go to the official website of New York punk rock legends The Ramones and click on the 'About' tab and it reads thus: "The four original Ramones deserve full and complete credit for formulating the concept, sound and fashion that had a tremendous impact not only on rock'n'roll, but the world in general. Chances are if you have one of the band's equally famous tee-shirts it'll say "Johnny, Joey, Dee Dee and Tommy" on it. But wait, the website continues: "Though the path had already been cut, these alternative musicians were brought in to help Johnny and Joey continue on, until they chose to retire in
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O nstage, they were the personification of unity — even family. The four men dressed the same —in leather motorcycle jackets, weathered jeans, sneakers — had the same dark hair color, shared the same last name. They seemed to think the same thoughts and breathe the same energy.
Check out the full episode below and keep reading for a deeper look into the subversive uniform of this iconic band. To paint the picture of the Ramones teenage outcast style I needed to get a few of my facts straight on the 4-piece band. While I have read and researched the groups musical career over the years and had many an in-depth conversation with like-minded friends on their style, there is actually little written in mass media on the intricacies of their stylistic origins. Andrew Lueckeprofessional writer and co-author of Cool: Style, Sound, and Subversion is a self-confessed subcultural nerd.