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Playlist 7 June

Mickey Bradley | 09:55 UK time, Friday, 8 June 2012

Tenth anniversary of Dee Dee Ramone's passing this week, at his home in Los Angeles. Heroin overdose, since you ask. The Ramones weren't like The Beatles - they didn't have a Quiet One, a Serious One, a Pretty One. They had four Dumb Ones. Except they weren't dumb. Dee Dee, despite his public utterances, wrote some of their best songs, came up with the 'They're All Called Ramone' concept and shouted out the '1 - 2 - 3  - 4' before each song. Sadly missed, as indeed are Joey and Johnny. Also tonight the very first recording made by Echo And The Bunnymen, without a drummer, and without many guitars , by the sound of things. Historical curio, rather than must hear record.

Ramones - You Should Never Have Opened That Door
Adverts - Gary Gilmore's Eyes
Echo & Bunnymen - Monkeys
une Brides - Every Conversation
Pop Group - We Are Time
Jangletties - Happy All The Time
Buzzcocks - You Say You Don't Love Me
Flamin' Groovies - Teenage Confidential
Smithereens - Beauty & Sadness
Boys - See Ya Later
Clash - Police On My Back
Blondie - I Didn’t Have The Nerve To Say No
Action Pact - London Bouncers
Chris Stamey & Dbs - I Thought You Wanted To Know


  • Comment number 1.

    Great Flamin' Groovies track. When my son was born in 1988, my brother shunned the booties/teddy Bear/babygro route and gave him a white label copy of 'Shake Some Action' as a gift.

  • Comment number 2.

    I think TV Smith would be the first person to say that he might have been a bit challenging back in the day, which might have explained the diagreement on The Undertones tour. He is great now. I met him a few years ago when he played a benefit gig in Canterbury and he was lovely (and played One Chord Wonders!)

  • Comment number 3.

    Agree with your comments about Dee Dee's songwriting ability. He wrote a great one for the Chesterfield Kings called "Baby Doll" and which you can find on their third album "Don't Open Til Doomsday" from '87 on the New Rose label. He even guested with the Kings at a rare UK show at about the same time at Dingwalls in Camden Town. A great gig. Sticking with the theme of the Ramones and 60s garage, Miriam Linna (Norton Recods) posted a picture on her Facebook account last week of a young Joey Ramone (Jeff Hyman) sat behind the drum kit of a band called Intruders circa '67. Maybe he was just hanging out with mates and fancied a bash at the drums. Picture at: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150959555397948&set=a.425401177947.199676.609592947&type=1&theater

  • Comment number 4.

    Thanks for the comments, chums. Couple of things in response. White label copy of Shake Some Action beats every other present before or since. Unless it was an actual acetate (yes, I know).
    If TV Smith was challenging in the early 1980s then I feel a little less guilty about our fall out. The Undertones could be fairly challenging as well, though. Especially in a Transit minibus when sweets were stolen. And the photo of Joey Ramone playing the drums is brilliant. Thanks n5. Or is it Steve ?


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