What the Ramones thought of the other CBGB bands

If you ever want to feel depressed, disenchanted, or incredulous towards the typical grandeur and epic nature that is associated with rock and roll, just watch End of the Century: The History of the Ramones. Over an hour and a half, the documentary makes being in the Ramones, one of the most legendary and important bands of all time, look like an insufferable experience.From a lack of mainstream success to disheartening failures that seem to follow the band like a bad incurable disease, life as a Ramone is about as unglamorous as can be. Gross touring vans, dingy clubs, constant internal conflict, and drug abuse are everyday realities within the group, and it only gets worse once the original foursome fractures. For any bass player or drummer who comes in, a disappointing lifestyle, lack of income, and a dictator-like rule from Johnny quickly dashed the joy of being a part of punk’s greatest band. Source: What the Ramones thought of the other CBGB bands

A Conservative Impulse in the New Rock Underground | Village Voice

August 18, 1975 Arabian swelter, and with the air-conditioning broken, CBGB resembled some abattoir of a kitchen in which a bucket of ice is placed in front of a fan to cool the room off. To no avail of course, and the heat had perspiration glissading down the curve of one’s back, yeah, and the cruel heat also burned away any sense of glamour. After all, CBGB’s Bowery and Bleecker location is not the garden spot of lower Manhattan, and the bar itself is an uneasy oasis. On the left, where the couples are, tables; on the right, where the stragglers, drinkers, and the love-seekers are, a long bar; between the two, a high double-backed ladder, which, when the room is really crowded, offers the best view. If your bladder sends a distress signal, write home to mother, for you must make a perilous journey down the aisle between seating area and bar, not knock over any mike stands as you slide by the tiny stage, squeeze through the piles of amplifiers, duck the elbow thrust of a pool player leaning over to make a shot… and then you end up in an illustrated bathroom which looks like a page that didn’t make “The Faith of Graffiti.” Now consider the assembly-line presentation of bands with resonant names like Movies, TuffContinue Reading

Watch Johnny Rotten and Marky Ramone Lose It on Each Other During a Punk Panel

No watching unless you go to the link at the bottom of the page By Calum Slingerland Published Mar 07, 2019 As part of a screening event for Epix’s forthcoming docuseries Punk, a host of genre icons got together this week for a panel discussion. Unexpectedly, some serious punk rock angst was captured onstage rather than on-screen, with Sex Pistols‘ John Lydon (a.k.a. Johnny Rotten) getting quite the rise out of the Ramones‘ Marky Ramone. Clips of the Monday (March 4) conversation — which also featured Henry Rollins, Guns N’ Roses‘ Duff McKagan, L7‘s Donita Sparks and Punk producer John Varvatos — shared by Rolling Stone show the two aged punks getting into it following questions and discussion of formative acts in the genre’s legacy. The publication points out that at first, things became testy between Lydon and Rollins. “Henry, we ain’t never met before, have we?” the Sex Pistols singer offered. “You’ve said silly things but excellently good things, too.” Rollins countered, “And you called Black Flag a bunch of suburban rich kids and we wanted to tear your ears off.” Lydon agreed, responding, “Yes, I did, but I didn’t like the fucking music. It was boring.” It was soon Marky Ramone’s turn to get involved, with Lydon looking to speak after the drummer reflected on the Ramones’ role in punk’s genesis. Lydon snapped that MarkyContinue Reading