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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

I Wanna Be Sedated - The Ramones

This is so very much my life these days, so much going on around me and all I can do is sit there as it happens.

I love The Ramones. Have for decades. They are, and always have been, one of those bands that, no matter how rotten my mood, can just snap me out of things.

Regarded by some (argued by others) as the first punk rock band, The Ramones formed in 1974 in Forest Hills, Queens, New York. The original line up of the band was Dee Dee Ramone (Douglas Colvin) on lead vocals & bass, Johnny Ramone (John Cummings) on lead guitar, and Joey Ramone (Jeffrey Hyman) on drums. It wasn't long after the band formed before Dee Dee realized he couldn't sing and play bass at the same time, so lead vocals went to Joey. Of course, it wasn't long before Joey realized that he couldn't sing and play drums at the same time. While they were auditioning drummers, Johnny's former bandmate, Thomas Erdelyi, would sit in. It soon became obvious that he knew the how to play the band's songs better than any of the auditioners, so he took on the moniker Tommy Ramone and officially joined the band as drummer. They recorded their self-titled debut album in 1976. Tommy got tired of touring and left the band in 1978 when he was replaced by Marky Ramone (Marc Bell). They released 14 studio albums, the last being "¡Adios Amigos!" in 1995. While there were a few rotations in the line-up over the years - Richie Ramone (Richard Reinhardt - drums, 1983-87), Elvis Ramone (Clem Burke - drums, 1987) and C.J. Ramone (Christopher Ward - bass, 1989-96) - Dee Dee, Johnny, Tommy, Marky and Joey will always be The Ramones to me.
Joey Ramone (Jeffrey Hyman) died of lymphoma in 2001.
Dee Dee Ramone died of a heroin overdose in 2002.
Johnny Ramone died of prostate cancer in 2004.

I Wanna Be Sedated by The Ramones from the 1978 album "Road to Ruin"

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