Posts Tagged ‘Joey Ramone’

Doubleshot Tuesday: Rollin’/Boston

21 September 2010

[Today: Unlikely influences…]

Joey Ramone on ‘Blitzkrieg Bop’: “I hate to blow the mystique, but at the time we really liked bubblegum music, and we really liked The Bay City Rollers. Their song ‘Saturday Night’ had a great chant in it, so we wanted a song with a chant in it: ‘Hey! Ho! Let’s Go!’. ‘Blitzkrieg Bop’ was our ‘Saturday Night’.”

Kurt Cobain on ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’: “[It] was such a clichéd riff. It was so close to a Boston riff or ‘Louie Louie’.” If Cobain left any doubt about which Boston riff he was talking about, the answer was provided at the 1992 Reading Festival:

Listen: Saturday Night [Bay City Rollers]

Listen: Blitzkrieg Bop [Ramones]

Listen: More Than A Feeling [Boston]

Listen: Smells Like Teen Spirit [Nirvana]


Question: What other songs owe their existence to unlikely influences?


Sleeve Notes: Rocket To Russia

29 May 2010

Taken in the garbage-strewn alley behind CBGB by their manager, Danny Fields, the cover photo of the Ramones’ third album is as punk as it gets. Punk magazine co-founder John Holmstrom created the pinhead drawing on the back cover, and was present at the photo shoot: “I remember when Danny Fields took the cover photo for Rocket To Russia. He invited me along in hopes that they could recapture the magic from their first record cover. He shot it in the back alley behind CBGBs, and there was a lot of garbage (as usual) back there. It was all over pretty quick – these guys never enjoyed doing photo sessions very much.”

Johnny Ramone stares at the camera like a little boy pouting over a plate of broccoli. Dee Dee meanwhile seems to be glancing at something other than the camera – his attention perhaps momentarily captured by a spooked pigeon or a Bowery brawl that has erupted in FUCKYOOOs and AZZZHOLEs. But Tommy and Joey both stare down the camera behind black shades – Tommy seems to strike a jaunty pirate pose, while Joey leans back on one hip, subtly bringing his height in line with the rest of the group. This might just be an image of a band that’s annoyed to have their picture taken and can’t wait to get back to the bar, but even here the Ramones exude a dirty cool that’s totally eye-catching…