Tommy Ramone, RIP

I was born the year the Ramones played their first show making me a generation too young for their revolution. But still the simplicity and power in their sound impacted me like no other band.

In my early teenage years I dubbed a copy of Ramones Mania (for the Ramones were already being anthologized in the late 80s) from a friend and listened until the tape wore out. At 16, I would have listed hardcore punks the Dead Kennedys as more influential to me but it was the Ramones who stuck around. (more…)