WEIRD TALES OF THE RAMONES!

a REVIEW by
BRADLEY MASON HAMLIN


On October 8th, 2005 the Mystery Island tribe had the great opportunity to meet Marky Ramone of the Ramones!


PHOTO: Maximilian Mason Hamlin with Marky Ramone. Photo by Lucy Hell © 2005 Mystery Island.
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Before I talk about why Marky was hanging out in Sacramento—let me remind some of the more forgetful pinheads out there that although three Ramones drummers exist (Tommy, Marky, and Richie)—Marky played drums on the following Ramones albums:

Road to Ruin (1978)
Rock & Roll High School (1979)
End of the Century (1980)
Pleasant Dreams (1981)
Subterranean Jungle (1983)
Pet Sematary (1989)
Loco Live (1991)
Mondo Bizarro (1992)
Acid Eaters (1993)
Adios Amigos! (1995)
Greatest Hits Live (1996)
We’re Outta Here! (1997)

Did I miss any? Probably. Marky also played on Joey and Dee Dee’s solo albums as well as with his bands the Speed Kings, and the Intruders. He drummed for Joan Jett and he drummed for Richard Hell and the Voidoids back in 1977—just before he hooked up with the Ramones—a true punk pioneer.

Okay, anyway, we met Marky and the tribe felt thankful that Marky wasn’t a creep. In fact, he’s a hell of a nice guy. While coming to town to perform Ramones songs at a Sacramento music festival—Marky also took the time to appear in person at Tower Records on Broadway in Sacramento, California to promote the new Ramones box set: Weird Tales of the Ramones (Rhino 2005).

Now, before you think: What? Another box set from the Ramones? Just shut up. This is totally different. In fact, every “best of” set out there has had something different to offer, but this one is way beyond all the other stuff. Weird Tales offers 4 discs (3 music compilations and 1 DVD of the Lifestyles of the Ramones) and more!

Compiled by Johnny Ramone—you’re getting all the kick-ass every kid and adult needs to hear + single versions, live versions, the 12” version of “My Brain Is Hanging Upside Down (Bonzo Goes To Bitburg),” the UK B-side of “I Don’t Want To Live This Life (Anymore),” + more, more, more. In other words (as stated on the box): 85 smash songs and 18 va-va voom videos! That’s less than 64 cents per song!

Holy gabba hey!

But the truly cool cat thing about this set is the concept and packaging. You get a hardcover disc jacket—inspired by the original version of the pulp magazine Weird Tales, and the Ramones’s love for the great American pop culture of comic books and B-movies. Also included is a graphic novel/comic book with art by comic greats: Bill Griffith (Zippy the Pinhead), Sergio Aragones (Mad Magazine and Groo the Wanderer), Xaime Hernandez (Love & Rockets), and many other wild and wonderful artists.

Out of a six-pack rating, Weird Tales of the Ramones, pulls off a total six cans. A+ all the way!

Special thanks to Marky Ramone and band for taking the time to sign stuff/answer dumb questions/take silly photos/and shake hands.

You are appreciated.


Bradley Mason Hamlin
www.mysteryisland.net


Please see: www.ramones.com for more Ramones details.


"Weird Tales of the Ramones Review" by Bradley Mason Hamlin © 2005 Mystery Island. Upated 07.13.07.
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