Dee Dee Ramone
American musician
Dee Dee Ramone
Dee Dee Ramone was an American songwriter and musician, best known as founding member, songwriter, and bassist for punk rock band the Ramones. Though nearly all of the Ramones' songs were credited equally to all the band members, Dee Dee was the band's most prolific lyricist and songwriter, writing many of the band's most well-known songs, such as "53rd & 3rd", "Commando", "Rockaway Beach", and "Poison Heart".
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12 Famous Writers Who Lived In The Chelsea Hotel
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Quick: what first comes to mind when you hear the words, "Chelsea Hotel?" Sid and Nancy? Leonard Cohen's "Hotel Chelsea No. 2?" Andy Warhol's "Chelsea Girls?" Musicians and artists dominated the headlines through the 13 decades since the Chelsea's construction in 1884. But the grand hotel-for-the-arts on New York's West 23rd Street has inspired literary works as well, and often it was the writers who shaped the narratives on which artists working in other disciplines based their work. How do you think the Chelsea first got its reputation as a bohemian enclave? Long before William Burroughs showed up, the 19th-century literary tastemaker William Dean Howells sublet an apartment there, and was so charmed by its struggling young artists that he wrote a novel about them: 1893's The Coast of Bohemia. By the 1920s, this image of the Chelsea as an avant-garde nexus had attracted the wealthy art collectors Abby Rockefeller and Lizzie Bliss and inspired them to create the Museum of Modern Art ...
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Binky Philips: Binky's Revenge: My Own Damned Most Influential Guitarists List!
Huffington Post - over 4 years
I have long had a love/hate relationship with The Top 10 (20, 50, 100) All Time Guitarist lists. As in, I love to see how much hatred and rage they can generate in my arrogant pedantic know-it-all bile-soaked soul. It is absolutely guaranteed that at some point, a guy who doesn't belong within a fer-piece of any list will be ranked far above a Giant, and I'll want to tear the heads off the dolts who had the temerity to write/publish such tripe. So, in that spirit, I've decided to have my head torn off. I've been writing for Huffington Post since June of 2010 and it only occurred to me last week, Hey, I have a forum! I can make my own damn list. Oh, boy! Oh, boy! [Check my archive... I have plenty of posts about plenty of the guitarists mentioned in this one.] You are about to embark on a journey (sorry, no Neil Schon) into the mind of a Total Dick when it comes to the subject of (guitars and) guitar players. It's simple, really... I know more than you. Nyaaaah Nyaaah ...
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Dee Dee Ramone gets a posthumous art show at Shepard Fairey's Subliminal Projects
Boing Boing - over 4 years
The Los Angeles Times reports that "The late Dee Dee Ramone will receive a posthumous gallery exhibition of his artwork thanks to street artist Shepard Fairey," at the Subliminal Projects gallery in Echo Park (Oct. 26 through Nov. 17).
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Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins to play CBGB movie’s Iggy Pop
Blast Magazine - over 4 years
Drummer Taylor Hawkins’ penchant for onstage chest-baring  has apparently come in handy: the wiry, blond-haired Foo Fighter (whose acting skills are showcased in many of the group’s  music videos) has been reportedly cast in the upcoming movie about the legendary New York club as – who else? – Iggy Pop. Malin Ackerman (The Proposal) has also reportedly joined on, taking on the role of Blondie’s Debbie Harry alongside (Sting’s daughter) Mickey Sumner’s Patti Smith and John Galecki, of The Big Bang Theory fame, as manager Terry Ork. Hawkins and Akerman are the latest in a myriad of actors whose roles in the flick – which tells the story of CBGB’s history and its late owner Hilly Kristal –  were announced in recent weeks. Other new additions to the cast include: Peter Vack (I Just Want My Pants Back) as Legs McNeil; Steven Schub (Chicago 8) as Dee Dee Ramone;  Evan Alex Cole (She’s Out of My League) as Richard Hell; and Kerry Bische (Red State) as Mary Harron. Previously confir ...
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Writing department hosts spring lecture series
District- The Student Voice of S - almost 5 years
Lough, Williams and Weiss.Illustration by Jeffrey Vossler                       By Astoria Jellett News Editor Hedy Weiss: a Life in Arts Journalism Hedy Weiss started as a dancer and choreographer in New York City and quickly became one of the nation’s leading theatre and dance critics, writing for the Chicago Sun-Times since 1984. She is also a contributing editor to Dance Magazine and a host of other publications and television shows. In the Arnold Hall auditorium on March 29, she discussed her life, career and philosophy of art. “Beauty can make you dizzy,” she said. “I try to get dizzy on art and beauty. Beauty isn’t interesting without tension.” George Williams and James Lough: From Texas to Paris, Beats and Punks Professors George Williams and James Lough read from their new books at the SCAD Museum of Art on April 4. Williams has won a Pushcart Prize and read a story from his new collection, “Gardens of Earthly Delight.” “This Ain’t No Holida ...
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New York's 'rock 'n' roll' hotel closed - Bangalore Mirror
Google News - over 5 years
Dee Dee Ramone, bass player in punk band the Ramones, once holed himself up in his room for two weeks to kick his drug habit. Finally emerging, he stepped out of the hotel's front entrance only for a woman to land just a feet away after throwing
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Daily Music Dose: The Ramones - Buzznet
Google News - over 5 years
Formed in 1974, the original three members were Joey Ramone (Vocal), Dee Dee Ramone (bass), and Johnny Ramone (guitar). These members rehearsed together, later Tommy Ramone (drums) jamming with them. In 1978, Tommy left the band and was replaced by
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Last updated at 7:00 PM on 20th August 2011 - Daily Mail
Google News - over 5 years
Dee Dee Ramone, bass player in punk band the Ramones, once holed himself up in his room for two weeks to kick his drug habit. Finally emerging, he stepped out of the hotel's front entrance only for a woman to land just feet away after throwing herself
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Dig Gallery offers up the Eileen Polk punk rock collection... - About.com: Punk Music
Google News - over 5 years
Included in the collection are a shirt owned by Dee Dee Ramone, clothing and items belonging to the New York Dolls, and a record from the personal collection of Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols. Granted, much of it is well out of most of our price range
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Chelsea Hotel Braces for New Owners - Forward
Google News - over 5 years
William Burroughs wrote “Naked Lunch” at the Chelsea, and everyone from Dee Dee Ramone to Bob Dylan spent long hours in one or another of its rooms. Built in the 1880s, the building, which is legally designated as a landmark by the city, was converted
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OFF! to Play Exit/In Oct. 17 - Nashville Scene
Google News - over 5 years
... Rocket From the Crypt and Clikitat Ikatowi drummer Mario Rubalcaba — are tighter than Steely Dan on Adderall, punker than GG Allin lobbing fecal matter at Dee Dee Ramone, and more honest in their ambitions than Paul Revere on horseback
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Tommy Ramone Talks About the Ramones' Vinyl Reissues and Their Enduring Legacy - Noisecreep
Google News - over 5 years
Within eight years, three of the band's founding members - lead singer Joey Ramone, guitarist Johnny Ramone, and bassist Dee Dee Ramone - had died. On March 18, 2002, the Ramones- including the three founders and drummers Tommy and Marky Ramone - were
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A Last Night Among the Spirits at the Chelsea Hotel - New York Times
Google News - over 5 years
“Sid Vicious in caps, and Dee Dee Ramone,” she said. “If I could be anywhere tonight, this is the place to be.” Mr. Chetrit, who did not return calls for comment, is said to want to keep the Chelsea as a hotel, but the plans are unclear
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THE TEXAS TRIBUNE; Snake Farm's Charms Still Casting Spells
NYTimes - over 5 years
Tomorrow is World Snake Day, meaning a large number of vehicles will be veering off of southbound Interstate 35 at Exit 182, between New Braunfels and San Antonio, to pay their respects at the Snake Farm. Before there was Sea World or Six Flags Fiesta Texas, there was the Snake Farm. Since 1967, when the main highway out front was still Route 81,
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It Became Part of My Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy - Brooklyn Rail
Google News - over 5 years
Sweat poured off Seiji onto the front two rows, and despite the heat the band's black-leather biker jackets remained on as song after song was introduced with little more that a Dee Dee Ramone–style “1,2,3,4!” With nary a pause between songs,
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9 Τραγούδια Για το Αρχαιότερο Επάγγελμα στον Κόσμο - Queen.gr
Google News - over 5 years
Γραμμένο το 1976 απο τον μπασιστα Dee Dee Ramone το τραγούδι μιλάει για μια διασταύρωση στη Νέα Υόρκη, όπου σύχναζαν (γιατί πλέον το μέρος εκεί έχει μετατραπεί σε... εκκλησία) πόρνες. Ένας ναύτης πιάνει ξανά στεριά, έχοντας πρώτα ξοδέψει όλο του το
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Dee Dee Ramone
    THIRTIES
  • 2002
    Dee Dee Ramone was found dead on the evening of June 5, 2002, by his wife Barbara at his apartment in Hollywood.
    More Details Hide Details An autopsy established heroin overdose as the official cause of death. He had been booked to perform at the Majestic Ventura Theater, which ended up being a memorial show in his honor. Dee Dee Ramone is buried at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Hollywood, not far from the bronze memorial to his former Ramones' bandmate, Johnny Ramone. His headstone features the Ramones seal with the line "I feel so safe flying on a ray on the highest trails above" taken from his song "Highest Trails Above", from the Ramones' Subterranean Jungle album. At the stone's base is the line "O.K I gotta go now." A picture of the headstone can be seen in the music video for the Dropkick Murphys song "Rose Tattoo" from their 2013 album, Signed and Sealed in Blood. In the 2013 film CBGB Dee Dee Ramone is played by actor Steven Schub (lead singer of ska bands the Fenwicks and HaSkaLA). http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1786751/?ref_=sr_1
    Dee Dee's final studio recordings were released by tREND iS dEAD! records as the 2002 album Youth Gone Mad featuring Dee Dee Ramone.
    More Details Hide Details He also worked with the band Terrorgruppe.
    His next album—a live album produced by Gilby Clarke (ex-Guns N' Roses), to have been recorded on June 12, 2002, at Hollywood's Key Club—never materialized.
    More Details Hide Details Several bootlegs of the Dee Dee Ramone Band exist, including, Live in Milan, Italy.
    Dee Dee later moved to California where he continued to make music and pursued an acting career. Though largely unsuccessful as an actor, he landed a major role in the 2002 low-budget film Bikini Bandits.
    More Details Hide Details He also contributed the song "In a Movie" to the film's soundtrack, which features his wife Barbara on lead vocals.
    Dee Dee was present when the Ramones were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002, the first year they were eligible, and not long after lead singer Joey had died.
    More Details Hide Details Dee Dee humorously congratulated himself at the induction. He died later that year.
  • 2001
    Dee Dee would release a book, entitled Legend of a Rock Star, A Memoir: The Last Testament of Dee Dee Ramone, written while on tour in Europe in 2001.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1998
    On Halloween, 1998, while staying at the Hotel Chelsea, Dee Dee and Zampini met the Hollywood band SEXYCHRIST, which featured adult film star Kurt Lockwood.
    More Details Hide Details Lockwood encouraged them to move to Hollywood, and together the two bands shared a successful tour of the U.S. in early 1999. Afterwards, Dee Dee formed the Dee Dee Ramone Band, with members including Christian Martucci (vocals and guitar), Anthony Smedile (drums), Chase Manhattan (drums), and Stefan Adika (bass). With the exception of one show at the Spa Club in NYC and a Club Makeup performance, this would be his last touring band.
  • 1996
    Dee Dee was also a special guest at the final Ramones show at the Palace in Los Angeles on August 6, 1996, performing the lead vocals on the song "Love Kills".
    More Details Hide Details Dee Dee formed a Ramones' tribute band called the Ramainz with his wife Barbara ("Barbara Ramone", bass) and former Ramones' member Marky (drums). They recorded an album, Live in NYC, released in Argentina and many other countries, and played a couple of times with C.J. Ramone. Dee Dee also recorded several solo albums. Zonked!, the first album release under the Dee Dee Ramone moniker, was re-titled Ain't It Fun? for the European release, but other than the addition of the bonus track "Please Kill Me", the music is identical. The line up for this album was Dee Dee Ramone on guitars and lead vocals, Marky Ramone on drums, longtime partner Daniel Ray producing and on guitars, and Barbara "Ramone"/Zampini on bass and lead vocals. Guests included Joey Ramone singing lead on "I am seeing UFOs", and the Cramps' vocalist Lux Interior doing the same on "Bad Horoscope".
  • 1994
    During this tour, in November 1994, Dee Dee met 16-year-old Barbara Zampini while searching for his lost guitar outside his hotel in Argentina.
    More Details Hide Details Zampini was a big fan of the Ramones and had been playing bass for two years, heavily influenced by Dee Dee's early work. They later married, and remained together until his death. Barbara had some tours with Dee Dee Ramone. In January 1995, the group had completed their 10-month tour and returned to their headquarters in Amsterdam to begin recording a second album. The group was soon dropped, however, by their record label, Rough Trade World Service. With this development, bassist John Carco left the group and moved to Los Angeles where he formed and played with Frankie O. and Pete Stahl (singer of D.C.H.C. group Scream) in the group Metro. Carco would later pursue an acting career. Songs written by Dee Dee and Carco for the never released second I.C.L.C. album would eventually be recorded by the Ramones on their final album Adios Amigos. One of these songs, "Born to Die in Berlin", would ultimately be the final song on the final Ramones' album, and featured Dee Dee singing in German on the bridge of the song. Also the song Fix Yourself Up eventually recorded by Dee Dee on the album Zonked.
  • 1992
    The group featured New York City bassist John Carco (formerly of Queens hardcore group Misguided) who befriended Dee Dee when the two attended Alcoholics Anonymous meetings together during the summer of 1992.
    More Details Hide Details After writing more than a dozen songs and recording several demos for an upcoming Ramones album with producer Daniel Rey, Dee Dee decided to keep the material for his new band. After working with several drummers and playing several live shows in the New York City area, Dee Dee and Carco moved to Amsterdam to record a four-song EP and fourteen-track album for Rough Trade Records. I Hate Freaks Like You was released on April 17, 1994, featuring Nina Hagen on two of the album's fourteen tracks. The three-piece line up now consisted of Dee Dee (vocals, guitar), Carco (bass, vocals), and Dutch drummer Danny Arnold Lommen. I.C.L.C. would go on to promote the I Hate Freaks Like You album by touring 22 countries over a 10-month period.
    In 1992, Dee Dee formed another short-lived project named Dee Dee Ramone and the Chinese Dragons, which was followed by the most successful of his post-Ramones projects, a group named Dee Dee Ramone I.C.L.C. (Inter-Celestial Light Commune), which lasted from 1994 to 1996.
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  • 1991
    In 1991, Dee Dee was briefly involved with transgressive punk rock singer-songwriter GG Allin, playing guitar with Allin's backup band the Murder Junkies.
    More Details Hide Details His involvement lasted approximately one week, enough for him to be briefly interviewed during the filming of Todd Phillips' Allin documentary Hated: GG Allin and the Murder Junkies. In the film, Dee Dee reveals that he was unaware of the band's name, even after joining. Rehearsal recordings of him with Allin and the Murder Junkies appears on the Hated soundtrack, as well as on the posthumous live Allin compilation Res-Erected. Video footage of the rehearsals is available on DVD through Allin's estate's website. Dee Dee never actually played a live gig with the band.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1989
    Months after he left the Ramones, in the fall of 1989, Dee Dee already performed songs such as "Poison Heart" and "Main Man" (later to be recorded by the Ramones) with his band the Spikey Tops.
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  • 1987
    In 1987 Dee Dee wrote and produced a song called "Baby Doll" for the Chesterfield Kings ("Baby Doll"/"I Cannot Find Her", acoustic version 1987, Mirror Records, later recorded by American rock and roll band the Connection, on their album New England's Newest Hit Makers).
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    Dee Dee had recorded "Funky Man" as Dee Dee King in 1987.
    More Details Hide Details Music critic Matt Carlson wrote that the album "will go down in the annals of pop culture as one of the worst recordings of all time". After the album failed, he returned to punk rock with various short-lived projects such as Sprokkett (which also featured Richard 'The Atomic Elf' Bacchus of D Generation and the Spikey Tops).
    In 1987, before leaving the Ramones, Dee Dee embarked on a brief hip hop career as rapper "Dee Dee King" with the album Standing in the Spotlight.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1978
    In 1978, he married Vera Boldis. According to Vera, Dee Dee's struggles with mental illness and drug abuse put a strain on the couple's relationship. They separated in 1990 before finalizing their divorce in 1995.
    More Details Hide Details By then, Dee Dee was making music as the Ramainz with his second wife, Barbara Zampini (also known as Barbara Ramone). Since his death, she continues to manage his estate, calling herself Barbara Ramone Zampini.
  • 1974
    Colvin, later Dee Dee, and Cummings, later Johnny, quickly became friends, as they were both social outcasts in their heavily middle-class neighborhood. After an unsuccessful guitar audition for Television, Johnny convinced Dee Dee to form their own band with then-drummer Jeffrey Hyman, later Joey Ramone, in 1974.
    More Details Hide Details Joey took over vocal duties after Dee Dee decided that he could not sing lead vocals for longer than a few songs as his voice shredded. Dee Dee would continue, however, to count off each song's tempo with his signature rapid-fire shout of "1-2-3-4!" It was Dee Dee who first suggested naming the band the Ramones, after reading that Paul McCartney often signed into hotels under the alias "Paul Ramon". He added an 'e' to the end of that surname and the band members all agreed to adopt the surname "Ramone" as a means of conveying their unity. Dee Dee wrote or co-wrote much of the Ramones' repertoire, such as "53rd and 3rd" (a song about male prostitution at 53rd Street and 3rd Avenue in Manhattan, allegedly based on personal experience), "Glad to See You Go" (written about his then-girlfriend, a stripper and fellow drug user with a volatile personality), "It's a Long Way Back", "Chinese Rocks" (originally recorded by Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers, as guitarist Johnny Ramone was not enthusiastic about the Ramones doing songs about drugs) and "Wart Hog" (a song Dee Dee wrote in rehab). After he quit the Ramones, Dee Dee continued to write songs for them, contributing at least three songs to each of their albums.
  • OTHER
  • 1951
    Born as Douglas Colvin on September 18, 1951, in Fort Lee, Virginia, USA, he was the son of an American soldier and a German woman.
    More Details Hide Details As an infant, his family relocated to Berlin, Germany, due to his father's military service. His father's military career also required the family to relocate frequently. These frequent moves caused Dee Dee to have a lonely childhood with few real friends. His parents separated during his early teens, and he remained in Berlin until the age of 15, when he, along with his mother and sister Beverley, moved to Forest Hills, New York, in order to escape Dee Dee's alcoholic father. There he met John Cummings and Thomas Erdelyi (later dubbed Johnny and Tommy Ramone), then playing in a band called the Tangerine Puppets, named after a Donovan song. Bassist Monty Colvin from the progressive metal band Galactic Cowboys is one of Dee Dee's cousins.
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