The last of The Ramones, Tommy (Erdelyi) Ramone, has died. Check out the announcement below from the band’s official Twitter account.
I was never a huge fan of the “seminal punk band,” but I enjoyed their music. It was always fun and sometimes romantic. Here’s a list to spark your memory if you’ve forgotten too much.
— Ramones (@RamonesOfficial) July 12, 2014
Did you like The Ramones? What did they mean to you?
The Blank Generation
The Blank Generation is a 1976 film about the birth of New York punk rock. The documentary features early footage of Patti Smith, the Ramones, Talking Heads, Blondie and others. The title comes from the Richard Hell song, Blank Generation, which he and his band members wrote as a coruscating, nihilistic punk anthem for the 1970s New York scene. That song was inspired by Rod McKuen’s song I Belong To The Beat Generation.
I was sayin’ let me outta here before I was even born
It’s such a gamble when you get a face
It’s fascinatin’ to observe what the mirror does
But when I done it’s for the wall that I set a place
I belong to the blank generation
And I can take it or leave it each time
Well, I belong to the ___ generation
But I can take it or leave it each time
Triangles were fallin’ at the window as the doctor cursed
He was a cartoon long forsaken by the public eye
The nurse adjusted her garters as I breathed my first
The doctor grabbed my throat and yelled: “God’s consolation prize!”
To hold the TV to my lips the air so packed with cash
Then carry it up flights of stairs and drop it in the vacant lot
To lose my train of thought and fall into your arms tracks
And watch beneath the eyelids every passing dot