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Marky Ramone

Marky Ramone at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival
Background information
Birth name Marc Steven Bell
Born July 15, 1956 (age 54)
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Genres Punk rock
Occupations Musician
Songwriter
Instruments drums
Labels Sire, Radioactive, Chrysalis
Associated acts Ramones, The Misfits, Wayne County and the Backstreet Boys, Dust, Richard Hell & The Voidoids
Website http://www.markyramone.com/

Marky Ramone (born Marc Steven Bell on July 15, 1956 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American musician. He is best known for being the drummer for the Ramones, but has also played in other notable bands like Dust, Richard Hell and The Voidoids, and The Misfits. He is currently hosting "Marky Ramone's Punk Rock Blitzkrieg" on Sirius XM 28/52 Faction, Tuesdays at 8pm ET.[1] Marky can be seen on stages all over the world with his new band, Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg.

Although he is not the original drummer, Marky is the only living member of the longest running Ramones line-up (15 years) which featured Johnny Ramone, Joey Ramone, Dee Dee Ramone, and Marky.[2] Unrelated, each band member adopted a pseudonym with the surname Ramone.

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Musical career

Marc started playing drums for hard rock band Dust, which included Kenny Aaronson on bass and Richie Wise on guitar, and was produced by Kenny Kerner. Marc recorded two albums with the band, before getting into the punk scene. In the mid-70s he played with Wayne County and the Backstreet Boys.[3] Wayne County would go on to become rock's first transsexual singer. In the late 1970s, he joined Richard Hell & The Voidoids. He played on the Voidoid's first album, Blank Generation.

When Tommy Ramone decided to quit the Ramones in 1978, Bell was asked to be Tommy's replacement, and was renamed Marky Ramone.

Marky played drums with the Ramones for 5 years. He was asked to leave the band in 1983 due to alcoholism (or "to fight his demons" as he put it). He returned in 1987 and played with the band up until their retirement in 1996.[4]

In 1995, Marky appeared with the Ramones in the episode "Rosebud" of The Simpsons.[5]

In 1996, Marky joined Dee Dee Ramone and his wife 'Barbara Ramone' to play with The Ramainz, performing Ramones songs for fun.

In 2000, Marky joined Joey Ramone, lead vocalist of the Ramones, to record Joey's only solo album, entitled Don't Worry About Me.

In October 2001, Marky appeared on MTV accepting a lifetime achievement award presented by Bono of U2 to the Ramones.

In March 2002, Marky was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, at New York's Waldorf Astoria as a member of the Ramones.

He recorded some albums with his solo bands Marky Ramone & the Intruders and Marky Ramone & the Speedkings, as well as many 7" releases.[6] Marky Ramone & the Speedkings toured the world from 2002 to 2003.

In September 2004, Marky served as Executive Producer and released a Ramones DVD entitled Ramones Raw on Image Entertainment, which featured footage of the band while on tour all over the world along with other various rare, vintage footage. Much of the candid footage is courtesy of Marky Ramone's personal video library. The DVD was finished just in time to include commentary from Johnny Ramone, who died from prostate cancer on September 15, 2004. The commentary also includes Marky Ramone. Ramones: Raw is the only certified Gold selling Ramones DVD and one of only two US gold selling releases in the Ramones entire catalog. The other being the greatest hits double LP Ramonesmania released in 1988. Ramones: Raw is also the highest charting release in the Ramones history.

In January 2005, Marky went to tour with Russian band Tarakany!. The tour was called Ramones Night Tour 2005: Marky Ramone & Tarakany!.

On April 22, 2008, Marky Ramone appeared on a new CD in Canada playing drums with the Canadian punk band called Teenage Head.[7] The CD is called Teenage Head with Marky Ramone and it was released in the USA on June 10, 2008. It was produced by Daniel Rey, who's worked with the Ramones among others. It was recorded in 2003 on two separate visits by Marky to Canada.

Marky has a DVD coming out next year called The Job That Ate My Brain - the Marky Ramone Story.

He has also teamed up with Tommy Hilfiger's, Hilfger Denim, to launch their first clothing line consisting of leather jackets, jeans and t-shirts. The line will be in stores early 2009.

Marky continues to carry the torch for the Ramones as he tours the world with his band called 'Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg' which plays a 32 song set of the best of the Ramones with former Misfits frontman and lead singer Michale Graves.

Discography

The following is a list of albums and singles Marky Ramone has played in.

With Dust:

  • 1971 - Dust
  • 1972 - Hard Attack

With Estus:

  • 1973 - Estus

With The Voidoids:

  • 1976 - Another World (single)
  • 1977 - Blank Generation (single)
  • 1977 - Blank Generation (album)
  • 1979 - The Kid With the Replaceable Head (single)
  • 1979 - Destiny Street (album)
  • 1989 - Funhunt (live album)

With the Ramones:

With Marky Ramone and the Intruders:

  • 1994 - Coward with the Gun (single)
  • 1996 - Marky Ramone & The Intruders
  • 1999 - The Answer To Your Problems?[8]
  • 2006 - Start of the Century (disc 1)

With Dee Dee Ramone:

With The Ramainz:

  • 1999 - Live in N.Y.C. (live album)

With Joey Ramone:

  • 2001 - Merry Christmas (I Don't Want to Fight Tonight) (single)
  • 2002 - What A Wonderful World (single)
  • 2002 - Don't Worry About Me (album)
  • 2002 - Christmas Spirit... In My House (EP CD)

With Marky Ramone & the Speedkings:

  • 2001 - Speedkings Ride Tonight (single)
  • 2001 - No If's, And's or But's (album)
  • 2001 - Alive (live album)
  • 2001 - Ride Tonight/Hot Rods R' Us (single)
  • 2002 - Legends Bleed (album)[10]
  • 2002 - I've Got Dee Dee On My Mind/Chinese Rocks (single)
  • 2002 - Rawk Over Scandinavia (Live 4 tracks EP)
  • 2003 - Love Hates Me/Dirty Action (Split Single with Texas Terri Bomb)
  • 2003 - Speedfinns (Girls & Gasoline demo on a 4 tracks split EP)
  • 2003 - Good Cop Bad Cop/Sidewalkin (single)

With The Misfits:

With Osaka Popstar:

With Tequila Baby:

  • 2006 - Marky Ramone & Tequila Baby Live

Solo:

  • 2006 - Start of the Century (disc two, live performances)

With Tarakany!:

  • 2007 - Redkiye metally (mp3 release) (4 songs, live performances)

With Teenage Head:

  • 2008 - Teenage Head with Marky Ramone

With Bluesman:

  • 2008 - Stop Thinking (Single) (Listen to it on Marky's myspace)

With Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg:

  • 2010 - When We Were Angels (single) ( online release only)

Marky also did a blues album with Johnny Shines when he was nineteen.

Marky is writing a book based on his times in the punk scene.

Marky also did several spoken word tours which involved Marky showing some pics and speaking about his times in the punk scene and how he joined the Ramones.

Marky has his own star named for him as do the Ramones also. Marky also dj's and has deejayed around the world.

Filmography

References

  1. ^ http://www.sirius.com/faction
  2. ^ Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg
  3. ^ "Cast and Crew: Marky Ramone". IFC.com. http://www.ifc.com/zrock/cast/marky-ramone.php. Retrieved 8 March 2010. 
  4. ^ "Marky Ramone on ramones.com". http://www.ramones.com. Retrieved 2006-09-01. 
  5. ^ Marky Ramone on Faster Louder
  6. ^ Concert Live Wire - Interview with Marky Ramone
  7. ^ Alt Press - Web Exclusive: A conversation with Marky Ramone
  8. ^ The South American version of The Answer To Your Problems? was titled Don't Blame Me.
  9. ^ The United States version of Zonked was titled Ain't It Fun.
  10. ^ Legends Bleed is the United States title for No If's, And's or But's.

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