Monday, June 13, 2005

Three Ramones Down But Music Stays Alive

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – There’s only one surviving original member of The Ramones left but he refuses to let their music die.

Tommy Ramone, the band’s original drummer, has outlived “brothers” Johnny, Joey and Dee Dee and now spends much of his time making future generations aware of the band’s music.

One way is the documentary End Of The Century, which details the band’s historical impact and eventual discord when the acclaim wasn’t followed by record sales.

Tommy admits the film doesn’t emphasize the “fun, funny, witty” side of the band but does give a broad perspective on who they were and what they meant.

For instance, songs like “I Wanna Be Sedated” are constantly used for commercials and sporting events and a stage musical called Gabba Gabba Hey! has been staged in Germany and Australia.

But while Tommy is proud of the Ramones, even he’s surprised at where the band’s music pops up, such as the time when he was shopping at Macy’s and heard a Muzak version of “Blitzkrieg Bop.”

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