Hey, do you love The Ramones? I sure do; so much so, that I even made the trek, by subway train and foot, all the way out to Flushing Meadows, Corona Park (a long, long ass way) to visit the Queens Museum, where there is a newly-opened exhibit that is all about Forest Hills, Queens favorite sons, the legendary Ramones. Hey! Ho! Let’s Go: Ramones and the Birth of Punk, as you can imagine by the title, is pretty sweet.
Ramones’ Drummer Marky Ramone (born Marc Bell) was born on this day, July 15th, in 1956. Coincidentally, Ian Curtis of Joy Division was also born on this date in 1956. Curtis passed away quite tragically on May 18, 1980, having committed suicide by hanging himself. Johnny Thunders (born John Genzale) of The New York Dolls and The Heartbreakers was born on this date in 1952. He died of a drug overdose (though some say it was murder) on April 23, 1991. It’s always sad to lose someone so charismatic and talented in their prime. Let us all take a few minutes (at least) today to celebrate the lives and music of these three influential musicians!
“Hey Ho, Condoms 2 Go!”
I’ve been making a concerted effort to leave my fucking apartment more often (i.e. more often than never) now that the weather is pleasantly warmer and going outside does not require wearing twenty additional layers of clothing. Last night I was invited to a party that I suspected would be pretty cool, since it promised to feature all of the things I like in a party; free booze, free snacks, boutique hotels, condoms and Legendary Rock Stars! I was so there! It seems that the last living Ramone, Marky (the drummer, natch) has lent his Ramones-ness to a new line of safe sex kits by Ready Two Go. The kits contain two condoms hidden in a tiny little black tin (for that discretion you totally demand) with The Ramones’ logo on the front (because you want to Rock Those Condoms!