With Just A Hint Of Amelia

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Dearest Princess Amelia I do hope that you have recovered from the fright that my fancy dress face paint gave you at your Daddy’s 50th Jubilee birthday shindig in Godderwil a few weeks ago. I certainly didn’t mean to scare you.

It’s nearly the end of June and I haven’t given you a monthly blog post yet, so here it is. This time I would like to introduce you to one of my favourite bands of all time. They have been the inspiration for many bands and were at the forefront of the rise of punk music. They are the brothers that aren’t really brothers, they are cartoon punks, they are the granddaddies of New York punk, they are Joey, Johnny, Tommy and Dee Dee, they are da Brudda’s, they are the RAMONES!!!!!!!

When they formed in New York in 1974 and at some point decided to take different names but with the same surname. They chose Ramone because Paul McCartney once used the name Paul Ramon to hide his real identity. The bands real names are;

Joey = Jeffry Hyman

Johnny = John Cummings

Tommy = Thomas Erdelyi

Dee Dee = Douglas Colvin

A number of people have become a Ramone for a while, particularly drummers. One of the interesting drummers that played with the band was known as Elvis Ramone, but really he was Clem Burke the drummer from Blondie.

The band played 2,263 gigs over 22 years ending with a farewell show at the Lollapalooza Festival in the USA in 1996. Their songs are generally very fast and very short and often feature a 1, 2, 3, 4 count in at the start. They even have a catch phrase wich comes from their song “Pinhead”. That phrase is ‘Gabba Gabba Hey‘ which in turn comes from the rather strange and possibly scary 1932 movie called ‘Freaks‘. the line in the film was ‘gooble, gobble, we accept her, we accept her, one of us, one of us’ . The band have also appeared on the Simpsons.

Sadly the three founder members; Joey, Johnny and Dee Dee have now all passed away so we will never be able to see them play live again. But they have left behind some fantastic songs. You can enjoy a few of them now. I think you should sing along and dance and I think you should call yourself Amelia Ramone for the day.

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