Early Ramones Bio Surfaces + Joey Ramone’s Posthumous Single

April 18, 2012

Take heed, new bands, as the benchmark for great one-sheets hit the web today: The Ramones’ 1975 bio, penned by drummer/producer Tommy Ramone (going by his birth surname, Erdelyi). As Flavorwire points out, the Queens quartet don’t waste time cutting to the rebellious part, defining themselves immediately for being not an oldies, glitter, or blues group. Nor do they “play boogie music.” In fact, “The Ramones are an original Rock and Roll group of 1975, and their songs are brief, to the point and every one a potential hit single.” This thing is rife with the kind of droll humor you might expect from these über-influential rockers, so without further ado, read the original document (before I wind up quoting the whole thing) below:

Did this awesome piece of memorabilia just show up on the official CBGB Facebook page to get Joey Ramone’s posthumous LP in the headlines? Perhaps, but I’ll bite… Ya Know? becomes the second solo release by the late frontman on May 22, when the 15-song set of demos and previously unfinished recordings hits stores. Producers Ed Stasium and Jean Beauvoir brought the release to completion along with guest performers Joan Jett, Steven Van Zandt, Richie Ramone, Cheap Trick and The Dictators members, and his brother Mickey Leigh. On Record Store Day, April 21, lead single “Rock ‘N Roll Is The Answer” will precede the set, which Leigh says Ramone was working on “right to the end.” An official stream of the cut can be previewed here:

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