RE: [fearnwhiskey] A Nation of Millions Now Living...
- Or with a little extra volume and an added dose of mope:
And You Shall Know Us By The Trail of a Nation of Millions Now Living Will Never Die To Hold Us Back (But I've Chosen Darkness).
The Globe and Mail
From: Justin Hopper [mailto:jhopper@...]
Sent: Friday, October 01, 2004 3:58 PM
Subject: [fearnwhiskey] A Nation of Millions Now Living...
This just popped into my head for some reason: I read an article once where
someone referred to a [I assume fake] post-rock tribute to hiphop entitled
"It Takes A Nation of Millions Now Living Will Never Die To Hold Us Back".
Does that ring bells with anyone? I've never found it since... and if I
dreamt it up, I'd like to release that album. ;)
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From: Carl A Zimring [mailto:cz28@...]
Sent: Thursday, September 16, 2004 9:16 AM
Subject: [fearnwhiskey] RIP Johnny Ramone
The causes were different, but it's eerie how tightly bunched the passings
of the three mainstays of the band were.
http://olympics.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=entertainmentNews <http://olympics.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=entertainmentNews&storyID> &storyID
Ramones Guitarist Dies at 55 in Los Angeles
Thu Sep 16, 2004 02:06 AM ET
By Dean Goodman
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Johnny Ramone, the lead guitarist with the
influential U.S. punk rock band the Ramones, died on Wednesday after a
five-year battle with prostate cancer, a long-time associate told Reuters.
Ramone, 55, who was born John Cummings, died in his sleep at his Los Angeles
home on Wednesday afternoon, said Arturo Vega, the Ramones' creative
The Ramones, famed for playing their high-energy, unpolished songs at
breakneck speed, rose to fame in New York City in the 1970s, paving the way
for such British punk rock icons as the Sex Pistols and the Clash.
But unlike most punks, Ramone was an outspoken Republican who once declared
Ronald Reagan the best U.S. president of his lifetime.
Ramone becomes the third member of the band to die in recent years. Singer
Joey Ramone, born Jeffrey Hyman, died in 2001 of lymphatic cancer. Bassist
Dee Dee Ramone, born Douglas Colvin, died from a drug overdose the following
At Johnny Ramone's bedside were his wife, Linda, as well as rock stars such
as Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder, Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John
Frusciante and hard-rocker Rob Zombie, Vega said.
Ramone will be cremated in a private ceremony on Thursday, and plans are
being made for a public memorial, including the unveiling of a statue, at
some stage, Vega said.
BACK IN THE SPOTLIGHT
The band has recently crept back into the spotlight. Vedder, Zombie, and the
Red Hot Chili Peppers performed at a tribute concert in Los Angeles on Sept.
12 marking the Ramones' 30th anniversary. Ramone, too sick to attend, spoke
to the fans by telephone.
A documentary, "End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones," has just been
released in theaters, and former Ramones drummer Marky Ramone has overseen
the recent release of a DVD called "Ramones Raw."
The band made its mark with nihilistic tunes like "Blitzkrieg Bop," "Teenage
Lobotomy," "I Wanna Be Sedated" and "Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue," but never
achieved the commercial success of groups that followed in its wake.
The Ramones officially broke up in 1996, after releasing 21 studio and live
Johnny Ramone and his future bandmates were raised in the largely
middle-class New York neighborhood of Forest Hills in Queens. They knew each
other as youngsters, and shared an interest in pioneering punk bands like
the New York Dolls.
After attending a military academy -- an experience that would make him the
group's task master and most-focused member -- Johnny Ramone started playing
guitar at 22.
The Ramones, rounded out by drummer/producer Tommy Ramone (born Tommy
Erdelyi) performed publicly for the first time in March 1974 and recorded a
self-titled debut album in 1976.
Their songs, famously brief and counted in with a frenzied
"one-two-three-four!" introduction, mixed their daily frustrations with a
dark sense of humor.
"We couldn't write about love or cars, so we sang about this stuff, like
glue-sniffing. We thought it was funny. We thought we could get away with
anything," Johnny Ramone once said.
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