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Happy Birthday Joey Ramone!

Any fan of real rock and roll has a Ramone story.  You met them, you chased their bus you slept with one of them you smoked a j behind a club, or you wished any of these things. Joey Ramone was always in the category of greatness to me.  I found him adorable and the owner of the most rock and roll legs of all time.  A young encounter clearly in my mind was chronicled here as a very very young Helen Bach tramped the streets of NYC sporting a tin Heman and The Masters of The Universe lunchbox as a hand bag.  How punk.  Needless to say on a famous corner said hand box popped open spewing eyeliner hair spray cigarettes and other girl gear.  I bent down to quickly scoop up my stuff and so did the owner of a pair of neon green and black striped socks.  He helped I thanked he walked away and I screamed into my sleeve.  I think I was 12.

Today would have been Joeys 60th birthday.  Imagine that born today May 19, 1951.  I remember seeing him on Uncle Floyd, I remember backstage at the Agora Ballroom doing whatever it took to get back stage.. getting there and standing stupefied.  He was untouchable.  

We all have a story and not one of us can say The Ramones weren't an incredible part of modern music.  Our own Mary Magpie even has a Ramone story.  Thats hers though to share if she chooses.

Til then its time for a Ramones Playlist, Hey Ho Lets Go!

1- Don't Worry About Me solo Joey with amazing words from an amazing man

2- Wonderful World.  My favorite song as a human being made all the cooler by this amazing guy

3- I Got You Babe with Holly from Holly and The Italians!  Remember them?

4- We're A Happy Family  Cuz someone sings this to me almost every day- only the Barney version..sigh…

5- We Want The Airwaves  I think I'm the only person who liked this song- so that means its 20 times cooler

6-  Blitzkrieg Bop  no need for explanation here.

7-  Sheena Is A Punkrocker  For years I wished my name was Sheena

8- Baby I Love You  Yeah, take that Ronnie Spector

9-  Bonzo Goes To Bitberg, love the intro looove

10- Beat On The Brat  I sang this to the kid to get her to sleep

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