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Smithsonian Should Acquire CBGB Awning At Sotheby's Auction & Loan To Grammy Museum's Ramones "Birth of Punk" Exhibit

Posted by Billyjam, December 2, 2016 02:31am | Post a Comment

The awning from bygone punk mecca CBGB's, to be auctioned off next week by Sotheby's, deserves to remain in the public domain. Rather than go to some private collection, it would be wonderful if the historic  315 Bowery club awning were  acquired by the Smithsonian Institution. In turn it could then be loaned out to exhibits such as the ongoing Ramones exhibit "Hey, Ho! Let's Go: Ramones and the Birth of Punk" at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles through March 2017. More than any other act closely associated with CBGB's in its 70's heyday (Television, Patti Smith Group, Talking Heads, Blondie, Dead Boys etc.), The Ramones most epitomized the legendary punk/new wave club whose initials stood for stood for Country, Bluegrass and Blues. The late great quartet of Joey, Johnny, Dee Dee and Tommy Ramone were like the house band in the beginning.

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"Hey, Ho! Let's Go: Ramones and the Birth of Punk" New 2016 Exhibit (NY + LA) Celebrates Legacy of Punk Pioneers

Posted by Billyjam, April 7, 2016 05:07pm | Post a Comment

Joey, Johnny, Dee Dee and Tommy Ramone may be each be sadly gone from this earth, but they are by no means forgotten. These four founding members of The Ramones, whose landmark self-titled debut album (also on LP/vinyl) was released forty years ago back in April 1976, are being honored with a new 2016 bi-coastal exhibit opening in their New York City home borough this weekend, and then later this year in Los Angeles.  "Hey, Ho! Let's Go: Ramones and the Birth of Punk" opens this weekend at the Queens Museum in Flushing Meadows, Corona which coincidentally is just a few miles from the Queens neighborhood of Forest Hills where The Ramones started out their illustrious career. In an introduction to the then new group, wrote the late Tommy Ramone: "The Ramones all originate from Forest Hills and kids who grew up there either became musicians, degenerates or dentists. The Ramones are a little of each." Taken from the legendary group's very first press release, it is among the hundreds of engaging items in this new exhibit that opens Sunday April 10th and runs through August, 7th 2016 in NYC. It will open in California at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles on Sept. 16, 2016, running through March 2017. As well as covering the years of the late great original Ramones members Joey (1951–2001), Johnny (1948–2004), Dee Dee (1951–2002) and Tommy (1949–2014), the new exhibit also includes the later Ramones members Marky, Richie, Elvis and CJ.

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Top Ten "I Don't Wanna" Songs

Posted by Billyjam, December 3, 2014 10:20am | Post a Comment

While walking through the subway station tunnel at 59th Street station here in New York, I heard someone across the platform loudly and repeatedly singing the refrain "I don't wanna, I don't wanna, I don't wanna..." until the increasingly distant voice trailed off completely as I climbed the steps to the street at Central Park South. The song kept echoing in my head as I tried to figure out what it was. I couldn't pinpoint it, but then I realized that it could be one of countless songs that have those same three words. "I don't wanna" is something people say a lot and naturally spin into song lyrics, hence this Amoeblog post. Here are the Top Ten "I Don't Wanna" songs with those words in its title or lyrics.

This list includes heavy hits such as Minor Threat's "I Don't Wanna Hear It" (my favorite of them all, and a song that has been covered by many other artists, including Slayer). Then there's The Ramones' song "I Don't Wanna Grow Up" from their !Adios Amigos! album and the Descendents' title track I Don't Want To Grow Up, both of which are included. The Ramones recorded several other "I Don't Wanna" songs, including "I Don't Wanna Go Down To The Basement," "Don't Wanna Be Learned/Don't Wanna Be Tamed," and "I Don't Walk Around With You." However they did "Wanna Sniff Some Glue" - all four of these Ramones songs (some in demo format) can be found on the wonderful 2001 collection entitled The Ramones.

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Gabba Gabba Hey It's Time For The Ramones Biopic By Martin Scorsese

Posted by Billyjam, August 28, 2014 09:47am | Post a Comment

The Ramones in concert in  1977 doing "Pinhead" (with refrain "gabba gabba hey")

Is it time for a big production Ramones biopic? As a longtime fan of the pioneering punk group I would say yes it sure is time! But the fact that there are more and more young music fans getting turned onto the timeless music of the Queens NY band who formed in 1974 and left us with such classics as "Blitzkrieg Bop," "Sheena Is a Punk Rocker," "I Wanna Be Sedated," "Pinhead," and "Rockaway Beach" is one of many arguments in favor of a bio-pic about The Ramones. More importantly is the fact that all four original Ramones - Johnny, Joey, Dee Dee and Tommy -  have all passed on (Tommy, who died last month at age 62, being the last original Ramone to leave us), means that yes it is most definitely time for a Ramones biopic. But the film should be done right. So it was good news to read in Billboard yesterday that Queens NY born Martin Scorsese has reportedly made plans to direct (or "attached" to the production as reported by Billboard) of such a film about The Ramones whose 40th anniversary (of their first record in 1976 as distinct from when they first formed two years earlier) is fast approaching in 2016 - a perfect time to release such a film. As the Billboard article reported in addition to this bio-pic there is also a Ramones documentary in the works, along with a theatrical play, and a new book (note that there are already many Ramones books published either - visit the book section at Amoeba). Read Billboard article here and check out The Ramones music at Amoeba.
 

100 Famous Rock Guitar Riffs Offers Concise History of Rock N' Roll

Posted by Billyjam, July 17, 2012 10:00am | Post a Comment
      

Rock music has way too many incredibly memorable guitar riffs to limit a best of list to just one hundred, but the 100 riffs that guitarist Alex Chadwick of The Chicago Music Exchange came up with for the above video performance ain't half bad, and it is a nice informal overview of the history of rock n' roll. Sure it's a subjective selection that includes a lot of mega hits of the genre, and no doubt every rock fan could come up with their own unique list of a hundred best guitar riffs. But I like what Alex has done: from his playing to his choices of riffs, and from how he segues from song to song, to how he plays it on his 1958 Fender Strat all in chronological order. Below is that list of songs and artists in order with the artist names that are blue highlighted linking back to the Amoeba Online Store. where you can find their respective music (CDs, LPs, DVDs) including (in near all cases) the song played by Alex.

SONG/ARTIST PLAYLIST & AMOEBA SHOP LINK OF ALEX'S 100 GUITAR RIFFS (IN ORDER):


1 "Mr. Sandman"  Chet Atkins
2 "Folsom Prison Blues" Johnny Cash
3 "Words of Love"  Buddy Holly
4 "Johnny B Goode"  Chuck Berry
5 "Rumble"  Link Wray

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