Ramones



The Ramones were an American band widely considered to be the first punk rock group. While acknowledged as defining the sound and attitude of mid-1970s punk, they never really achieved the commercial success of their contemporaries The Clash or the notoriety of the Sex Pistols, but still had an immense impact on the punk and alternative rock scenes. They are considered the 'Godfathers of Punk.'

After forming in Forest Hills, Queens, New York in 1974, they performed virtually non-stop for 22 years until disbanding in 1996 after a final tour with the Lollapalooza music festival. Three of the original band members—Joey, Johnny, and Dee Dee Ramone—died within a few years of the break up. While they were always regarded as influential, the band’s fame is now arguably greater than while they were actively performing and recording.

The original band members were:

* Joey Ramone (May 19, 1951–April 15, 2001) (real name Jeffry Ross Hyman) (vocals) (1974–1996)

* Johnny Ramone (October 8, 1948–September 15, 2004) (real name John Cummings) (guitar) (1974–1996)

* Dee Dee Ramone (September 18, 1952–June 5, 2002) (real name Douglas Glenn Colvin) (bass guitar) (1974–1989)

* Tommy Ramone (January 29, 1952) (real name Tamás Erdélyi (Hungarian)) (drums) (1974–1978)

Later band members:

* Marky Ramone (July 15, 1956) (real name Marc Bell) (replaced Tommy and later Elvis on drums) (1978–1983, 1987–1996)

* Richie Ramone (August 11, 1957) (real name Richard Reinhardt) (replaced Marky on drums) (1983–1987)

* Elvis Ramone (November 24, 1955) (real name Clem Burke) (replaced Richie on drums for two gigs) (1987)

* C.J. Ramone (October 8, 1965) (real name Christopher James Ward) (replaced Dee Dee on bass) (1989–1996)

An earlier member, Ritchie, left the band before the first recording (not related to the Richie Ramone, above). "In Memory of Ritchie Ramone 1975" can be read on a cartoon drawing of a gravestone on the innersleeve of the Rocket to Russia album. According to Joey, he became a button manufacturer.

The pre-history of the band is centered in the predominantly Jewish, middle-class neighborhood of Forest Hills in the New York City borough of Queens. The band all first met as bored teenagers, drawn together by a mutual love of The New York Dolls, The Stooges, The MC5 and '60s garage rock. Most of the members had been in various bands since the late 1960s--Johnny and Tommy had both been in a high school garage band circa 1966-'67 known as the Tangerine Puppets, and Joey was in a brief, early 1970s glam rock outfit called Sniper. The initial version of the Ramones included Jeffry Hyman on drums, John Cummings on guitar, and Douglas Colvin on bass and vocals. Colvin was the first to use the name Ramone, calling himself Dee Dee Ramone. He was inspired by the fact that Paul McCartney used the pseudonym Paul Ramone—although some accounts say Paul Ramon— when he checked into hotels. The other members followed suit and adopted new stage names; Hyman became Joey Ramone, reportedly after bubblegum pop music vocalist Joey Levine, Cummings became Johnny Ramone, and the group itself became known as the Ramones. Additional version of the Ramones' names genesis offered by the band members is that New York was overloaded with teenage latin street gangs, and the name Ramone was an epithome for disorder and violence.

Soon after the band was formed, Dee Dee realized that he couldn't sing and play bass at the same time (he would continue, however, to count off each song's tempo with his trademark rapid-fire shout of "1-2-3-4!"). Joey became the lead vocalist, but could not sing and play drums at the same time, which left the drummer's seat vacant. The band auditioned new drummers at Performance Studio, where they rehearsed. Thomas Erdelyi, the defacto manager of the band, employee of the studio, and long-time acquaintance of the other members, would often take the drummer's throne in order to demonstrate to the auditioners how to play the songs. It became apparent that he was more able to play the group's songs better than anyone else, and he joined the band as drummer Tommy Ramone. Tommy was also the most motivated member of the foursome in terms of making the band successful, being the one who got them into the studio in the first place.

They played their first show at the Performance Studio in New York on March 30, 1974. Their early songs were very fast and very short; most clocked in at about two minutes. Earliest titles included "I Don't Wanna Walk Around with You," "I Don't Wanna Go Down to the Basement," and "I Don't Wanna Get Involved with You." Dee Dee later said, "We didn't write a positive song until 'Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue'."

In the early '70s, a new music scene emerged in New York, with many bands started to play in clubs in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, such as Max's Kansas City and CBGB OMFUG (which stands for "Country, BlueGrass, Blues, and Other Music For Uplifting Gormandizers" according to owner Hilly Kristal). Other bands from this period of New York's "underground" music scene include the Television, Blondie, The Cramps, Richard Hell and The Voidoids, The Patti Smith Group, Suicide, and Talking Heads. Ramones concerts at CBGB's became legendary, due in part to their brevity: most concerts were twenty to thirty minutes long, much shorter than their contemporaries', and are often described by their witnesses as extremely fast, crude, energetic and desperate. The Ramones' live set was so short, that sometimes they needed to repeat it twice a show. A few super–8 movies of these shows have survived, and are present in a couple of the band's later videos.

After garnering considerable attention for their performances at CBGB, the group was signed to a recording contract by Seymour Stein of Sire Records in autumn 1975. They soon recorded their debut album Ramones on an extremely low budget: about $6,400.

The band was plagued by hostile audience reactions outside of New York City; it wasn’t until they made a small tour of England that they began to see the fruits of their labor: a performance at The Roundhouse in London, England, on July 4, 1976 (second-billed to the Flamin' Groovies) was a huge success. Their appearance galvanized the burgeoning UK punk rock scene, inspiring future punk stars including members of The Clash and The Damned.

Upon returning from England, they found themselves prophets without honor in their own country: their subsequent two albums, Leave Home and Rocket to Russia (both 1977), failed to become the hits the band desired. Both records were co-produced by Tony Bongiovi, actually the cousin of Jon Bon Jovi. Tommy, tired of touring, left the band at this time but continued to produce; he was replaced by Marc Bell, who became Marky Ramone.

Their fourth album, Road to Ruin, included some stylistic flourishes—acoustic guitar, several ballads, songs over three minutes—that might have been concessions to mainstream tastes, but the album still failed to chart highly. Despite excellent reviews for both their albums ("Rocket to Russia is the best American rock & roll of the year and possibly the funniest rock album ever made," Dave Marsh wrote in Rolling Stone magazine) and their live performances, the Ramones remained a cult band. The highly publicized dissolution of the Sex Pistols in 1978 seemed to signal the end of punk as a viable commercial force and branded the Ramones as forever outsiders.

After the band's movie debut in Roger Corman's Rock 'n' Roll High School (1979), legendary producer Phil Spector became interested in the Ramones and produced their 1980 album End of the Century. During the recording sessions, Spector reportedly pulled a gun on Dee Dee, and forced Johnny to play the opening chord to "Rock 'n' Roll High School" hundreds of times. The band would later consider this one of their "not-so-great" albums they had released, crediting tensions between the producer and the artists. Johnny recalls that he was disappointed with the outcome of End of the Century and the album failed to capture the public's attention. Albums like Pleasant Dreams (1981) and Subterranean Jungle (1983) found the Ramones struggling to maintain their identity as punk's first family.

Marky Ramone was fired in early 1983 because of his alcoholism and eventually replaced by Richard Reinhardt (under the name Richie Ramone). The Ramones recorded three albums with Richie: Too Tough to Die in 1984, Animal Boy in 1986 and Halfway to Sanity in 1987. Richie left in August 1987. He was replaced by Clem Burke (a.k.a. Elvis Ramone) from Blondie. Burke lasted two shows before Marky, now clean and sober, returned.

Dee Dee Ramone left after 1989's Brain Drain, and was replaced by Christopher Joseph Ward (C.J. Ramone), who performed and recorded with the band until their break-up. However, Dee Dee did continue contributing to the music of the Ramones by lending his lyrics for use in later songs. Dee Dee left to pursue a brief and rather embarrassing solo career as a rapper, adopting the name Dee Dee King.

After 16 years at Sire records, the band moved to new label Radioactive Records with their 1992 album Mondo Bizarro, which also reunited them with producer Ed Stasium. The band joined Frank Zappa and Ozzy Osbourne at anti-PMRC movement, attitude cemented in the song Censorshit.

The Ramones always had a certain amount of tension, mainly between Joey and Johnny. The pair were highly politically antagonistic, Joey being a left-leaning liberal, Johnny a staunch conservative. The relationship between the two got considerably worse when Johnny 'stole' Joey's girlfriend Linda, whom he later married. They didn't speak to each other for years afterwards. It is believed the song "The KKK Took My Baby Away", written by Joey, alludes to this enmity. Johnny did not even call Joey before his death in 2001, but said in the documentary End of the Century that he was depressed for weeks after the singer's death.

After a spot in the 1996 Lollapalooza festival, The Ramones disbanded, reportedly due to ongoing personality clashes and frustration at not achieving success commensurate with their influence. Joey was also reported to have drug problems, and later admitted drinking heavily for much of the '80s. Joey achieved sobriety in 1990, but was diagnosed with lymphoma in 1995. In his later years he became an avid follower of yoga and health food. During the late 1990s, Joey started day trading NYSE stocks. Joey actually wrote a song about CNBC financial news reporter Maria 'Money Honey' Bartiromo, entitled "Maria Bartiromo", which is included on his 2002 solo album Don't Worry About Me.

Their final show was on August 6th, 1996 at the Palace in Hollywood. The show was recorded, and later released on video and CD as We're Outta Here. The show featured several special guests such as Lemmy Kilmister from Motörhead, Eddie Vedder from Pearl Jam, Tim Armstrong and Lars Frederiksen of Rancid, and Chris Cornell (then in Soundgarden).

On July 20 of 1999, all of the former members of the group except for Richie appeared together at Tower Records in New York City for an autograph signing. This was the last occasion on which the ex-members of the group appeared together before Joey's death. Johnny attempted to make peace with his longtime bandmate and rival Joey, but Joey would have none of it and simply ignored him. Joey's last partially finished works compiled as posthumous solo album Don't Worry About Me.

In 2002, the band was inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame. At the ceremony, Johnny, Tommy, Marky and Dee Dee spoke on behalf of the band. Johnny blessed George Bush and his presidency. Dee Dee congratulated and thanked himself. Sadly, this would be one of his last public appearances as he died two months later of a heroin overdose. Also at the ceremony, Green Day played Teenage Lobotomy and Blitzkrieg Bop as a tribute to the Ramones, showing the influence that the Ramones had on later rock bands. In the summer of 2004, the Ramones documentary End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones was released in theaters. Its release was treated as an event by Ramones fans and former members, and it received rave reviews. Coincidentally, however, Johnny Ramone—who had been privately battling prostate cancer—died almost exactly as the film was released, on September 15, 2004.

* Joey Ramone died of lymphoma on April 15, 2001 in New York.

* Dee Dee Ramone was found dead at his Hollywood home on June 5, 2002 following a heroin overdose, only two months after The Ramones were inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame.

* Johnny Ramone died of prostate cancer on September 15, 2004 in Los Angeles, California.

The Ramones pioneered a straightforward, stripped-down sound that was a far cry from the virtuosic musicianship and complex instrumentation that 1970s rock music had become known for. Joey Ramone has stated the Ramones were rather taken with the Bay City Rollers' hit song "Saturday Night", and set out to imitate its catchy, singalong quality, inspiring the "Hey-ho, let's go" chant from their first single, "Blitzkrieg Bop." Johnny disliked guitar solos, and played only a handful of them in his more than two decades with the group; his simple, direct playing exclusively power chords with 8th note downstrokes set the standard for many subsequent punk guitarists.

There were strong influences from the rock and pop music of the 1950s and 1960s; bands such as the Beach Boys, the Who, the Kinks, the Troggs and the Yardbirds. The Ramones recorded cover songs of such "garage" classics as "Surfin' Bird" and "California Sun." Joey often cited Ronnie Spector as one of his favorite singers; the various love songs he sang for the band are reminiscent of the 1960s girl group sound. This type of material alternated with harder rock songs in the vein of proto punk bands The Stooges, MC5 and The New York Dolls. The Ramones' first British concerts on July 4 and 5, 1976, are widely credited with inspiring the first wave of English punk groups: Buzzcocks (first concert July 20, 1976), The Damned (first concert July 6, 1976), The Clash (first concert July 10, 1976) and others. (Coincidentally, all these shows were supporting the Sex Pistols). Likewise, early shows in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. inspired groups as diverse as X, Dead Kennedys, Black Flag, and Bad Brains. The upbeat, singalong aspects of their songs influenced pop punk bands, while their aggressive and powerful rhythm section become a blueprint for the future hardcore punk and even thrash metal genres.

The biggest step made by The Ramones to form the shape of punk rock is to remove all the excessive elements out of music. As noticed by Tom Verlaine, the Ramones become the first band in the world, playing white urban form of rock'n'roll. No solos, no blues patterns, nothing that always associated with earlier forms of rock music. This sometimes described as the major rock'n'roll improvement since Chuck Berry. Arguably the Ramones is the most revolutionary band of the 70's along with Kraftwerk.

The Ramones never achieved much commercial success in the United States during the time they were touring, but they were extremely popular in Europe and especially South America, where their records often topped the charts. Their only album to reach certified gold status in the U.S. was the 1988 best-of album, RamonesMania; 1992's Mondo Bizarro went gold in Brazil. Ironically, the band has seen somewhat of a renaissance during the early and mid-2000's, with their songs being used in soft drink, car, athletic wear, and cellular phone commercials. The band and their albums now regularly appear on "all-time greatest" lists in various rock magazines, such as Spin, Rolling Stone, and Mojo--an honor not often bestowed upon them during their career. Their famous "presidential seal" logo is often seen as being trendy (to the ire of some fans), pictures of Paris Hilton wearing a pink tee-shirt featuring the seal have been printed and it is frequently parodied. Sales of Ramones merchandise are apparently growing every year.

The Ramones 30th Anniversary Tribute concert occurred on September 12, 2004. The event was at Los Angeles' Avalon and hosted by Rob Zombie. The performers demonstrate the breadth of the Ramones' influence: Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Dickies and X played sets and then C.J. Ramone, Marky Ramone and long time producer Daniel Rey took the stage and played while different guitar and vocal teams, including longtime Ramones fan Henry Rollins, performed various Ramones songs.

Three days later, on September 15, 2004, the world's first and only Ramones Museum opened its doors for the public. Located in Berlin, Germany, the Ramones Museum Berlin features more than 300 original memorabilia items from The Ramones, including a stage-worn jeans from Johnny Ramone, a stage-worn glove from Joey Ramone, Marky Ramone's sneakers or CJ Ramone's stage-worn bass strap. Ramones Museum Berlin is a place by fans - for fans. A place where experiences can be shared and stories can be told.

Some bands are so taken by the Ramones as a whole that a subgenre dubbed "Ramones-core" has appeared. These bands often dress up like the Ramones, and play instruments like theirs. The music is generally a little faster and heavier on the guitars with (often) tongue in cheek lyrics about girls and similar fare. Notable bands include Screeching Weasel, The Spazzys, The Vindictives,The Queers,Teenage Bottlerocket and The Mr. T Experience, who recorded covers of the Ramones albums Ramones, Leave Home, and Rocket to Russia, and Road to Ruin, respectively. There are also bands heavily influenced by the Ramones such as The Lillingtons. This type of music can also be considered Cartoon Punk. In 1992 Canadian jazzcore band NoMeansNo created a side-project called the Hanson Brothers; adopting Ramones-esque alter-egos, Ramoneslike graphics and stage monikers, and releasing three successful albums in Ramones three-chord style. While sometimes panned as a Ramones parody; the Hanson Brothers, all longtime Ramones fans, conceived the project as a tongue-in-cheek tribute to their heroes.

In 2002, the Ramones were voted the second greatest rock and roll band ever in Rolling Stone and Spin magazines, trailing only in both polls to The Beatles.

* Ramones are one of the most covered bands ever. Their entire albums were covered by The Queers, Screeching Weasel, The Vindictives, The Mr. T Experience, John Cougar Concentration Camp, Parasites, The McRackins. The first tribute album was released in 1991 under title Gabba Gabba Hey featuring tracks recorded by L7, Mojo Nixon, Circle Jerks members and Bad Religion. Many more tribute albums followed, such as Blitzkrieg Over You (with Motörhead and Die Toten Hosen performances), and all-star tribute We're a Happy Family with Metallica, U2, Kiss, Red Hot Chili Peppers and even Tom Waits. That time Metallica recorded 5 Ramones' songs, scattered among St Anger-era singles. Russian 29 tracks tribute album called Ramoneskidz released in 2005. There are also some extraordinary projects, such as surf-album by instrumental cover band Ramonetures and dance-hall pop album by the Nutley Brass orchestra. Ramones' songs were also greatly covered by many metal bands, including Overkill (I'm Against It), HIM (Poison Heart), Rammstein (Pet Sematary live), Static-X (Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment), Skid Row (Psycho Therapy) and Anthrax (We're A Happy Family). Sonic Youth covered Beat On The Brat in their early years, as well as I Don't Want to Walk Around With You, Loudmouth and Today Your Love, Tomorrow the World all of which can be found on the live album Hold That Tiger. Hüsker Dü often played Sheena Is A Punk Rocker, their rendition of the song is available on The Living End live album (recorded at 1987 tour). Pansy Division recorded a gay version of Rock'n'Roll High School, called Rock'n'Roll Queer Bar (available on Undressed CD).

* Frank Black wrote song called I Heard Ramona Sing, because he and his ex-Pixies bandmate Kim Deal were the huge fans of the Ramones. The song itself have nothing common with the Ramones' sound, however it tells the story of the vital Ramones' power gained by devoted listener: And then I got me a Walkman / I really liked it a lot, and / They walked right in and they solved them / I heard Ramona sing / And I heard everything / The speed they're travelling / They are the only thing / Ramona.... The song could be found on Frank Black first solo album (1993).

* The English/Irish folk-rock band The Pogues mentioned the Ramones in their song Rain Street from Hells Ditch album. The local kids were sniffin' glue / Not much else for a kid to do lines are referred to Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue song. Glue sniffing also was joked by the Beastie Boys on Licensed To Ill album.

* The Mr T Experience recorded song called The End of the Ramones (1989 Big Black Bugs Bleed Blue Blood album). Its lines included ...Still love them all it's the end of the Ramones we're so sad cause we all know it's the end of the Ramones.

* The UK pop-punk band The Boys recorded song T.C.P. (1978 Alternative Chartbusters album) about the Ramones.

* Jello Biafra recorded speech track Joey Ramone about his first discovery of the Ramones. It's available on Apocalypse Always compilation (2002, Alternative Tentacles Records).

* The cover-art of early Ramones' albums was often used as subject of duplication. Lou Reed released album New York (1989) with cover heavily resembled the first Ramones album. Brit-pop/new wave stars Elastica adapted Ramones and Rocket To Russia art for debut album (1995).

* The video for Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit was influenced by the Rock'n'Roll High School movie.

* The Ramones was Sid Vicious' favourite band. When the Sex Pistols covered My Way there was a battle between Sid and Malcolm McLaren: Sid wanted to play this song in the Ramones style, Malcolm demanded silly out of tune version. Finally Sex Pistols recorded a combined version of My Way, included two parts: vandalised and ramonised. Later Sid Vicious performed only a second "ramonised" section on stage.

* The Ramones get offered to record soundtrack to the Sid And Nancy movie. During their work some management problems appoached, and the deal was canceled. However a handful of songs created for this movie were included in the Animal Boy album, most notable is Love Kills, contained lyrics about Sid Vicious and his girlfriend affair.

* Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong named his son (born in 1995) Joey as tribute to Joey Ramone. The same year, Tre Cool's daughter was born and was named Ramona for a similar reason.

* Stephen King is also a big Ramones fan. Pet Sematary novel included lines from the Ramones' songs, main character used "Dee Dee Ramone" as pseudonym while registering in hotel. Later, the Ramones contributed soundtrack to the same-titled movie.

* Nirvana shared a stage with the Ramones, the evidence was captured at VHS video 1991 The Year That Punk Broke. During this festival Kurt Cobain made a joke: he replaced name-signs on the tables in the banquet room, changed Nirvana and Ramones tablets. Thus the Ramones with all supporting crew were forced to lunch at the small 4-person table. This story is taken from Come As You Are - an early Cobain biography book.

* As Dee Dee remembered in his autobiographical Poison Heart book, he left Phil Spector's house during End Of The Century sessions as a result of the personal clash with producer. Since 1980 he hadn't ever knew who played bass at this record. Also Johnny Ramone wasn't fully used in recording sessions for the same reason. Originally End Of The Century was planned as Joey Ramone's solo album. Taking all these facts into account, it's really possible to say, that End Of The Century was complete as actual Joey's solo album.

* Dee Dee Ramone's voice is audible on the Nina Hagen's album Freud Euch (1995) and on the Furios George EP Goes Ape! (1996).

* The first three Ramones' albums mainly contain songs written during the Ramones' pre-contract years. Road To Ruin, their fourth album, was fully packed with brand new songs.

* Many of the Ramones early demo records are still not available on officially released CD's. For example demo versions of I Don't Wanna Go Down To The Basement and Loudmouth could be found on bootleg records only.

* The first British pressing of Leave Home album contains a Babysitter song (uncredited on the cover). That original mix is different from the released later on digital media.

* The Ramones were included in the infamous "forbidden music" listing compiled by the USSR Communist Party in the early 80's. Most likely for the "anti-Soviet" cover art of the Rocket To Russia album.

* The famous It's Alive album, recorded in London, is possibly not 100% live. The video recording of this event (one song included in Ramones Around The World video documentary) presents a very different sound and different vocal track. However it's a subject for discussion - which version is truely original.

* There are two different versions of Loco Live available. 1991 Chrysalis version contains 33 songs including Don't Bust My Chops, Palisades Park, Love Kills and Ignorance Is Bliss. 1992 Sire version have different cover art, track order and replaced these four tracks with I Just Wanna Have Something To Do, Havana Affair, I Don't Wanna Go Down To The Basement and Carbona Not Glue (not listed).

* In 1997, a pair of paleontologists, Adrain & Edgecombe, named a series of fossil trilobite species Mackenziurus johnnyi, M. joeyi, M. deedeei, and M. ceejayi.

* Tommy Ramone produced the critically acclaimed The Replacements' album Tim (1985).

* On the DVD of the Rolling Stones, Live In Hyde Park, Joey Ramone can be seen dancing in the crowd during (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction.

* The famous punk 'zine Sniffin' Glue was named after the Ramones song, likewise was the influential Hardcore punk group Bad Brains.

* The current (3rd) season of Entourage (TV series) on HBO features main character Vincent Chase developing a Ramones movie entitled "I Wanna Be Sedated"

* Song I Won't Let it Happen is loosely based on I Won't Let It 'appen Agen by the Slade (1972, Slayed?).

* The Ramones guested on an episode of The Simpsons ("Rosebud"). They were booked as entertainment for Mr. Burns' birthday party, where they sang "Happy Birthday". The band memorably showed their distaste for the gig saying such lines as "I'd just like to say this gig sucks!", "Hey, up yours Springfield!", and "Go to hell, you old bastard!", though Marky Ramone quipped "Hey, I think they liked us!" Afterwards, Mr. Burns mistakenly ordered Smithers to have "The Rolling Stones" killed.

* Ramones performed live at the MTV Awards in 1995, playing short and fast meddley with recent hits from Urge Overkill and Elton John among others.

* During 2001 MTV Video Awards U2 were nominated for five awards, they presented with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award - which they dedicated to the surviving Ramones, calling them a huge inspiration.

* The Ramones' live trademark - beginning show with The Good the Bad and the Ugly - was later recycled by Metallica, who used this composition the same way.

* Sire Records chief Seymour Stein is the president of the US Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame. In 2005 he was inducted in the Hall for the Lifetime Achievements, mainly for his discovering of the Ramones and Madonna.

* Many bands were claimed "an answer to the Ramones" by critics in the late 70's. There were the "english answer" The Lurkers, the "irish answer" The Undertones, the "californian answer" The Dickies and even the mexican one The Zeros.

* Ramones recorded 3 radio spots for the beer, Steel Reserve. "Fill my Cup", "Gimmie My Steel Reserve", and "High Gravity Lager". Also, the song was remixed for a commercial.

* MBA students at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan stage a rock-based show of music, comedic skits and videos entitled Rock 'n' Roll B-School every November at the Blind Pig club in Ann Arbor. The show traditionally opens with a theme song adapted from Rock 'n' Roll High School.

* The Ramones were the first band to be interviewed on MTV, on August 1st 1981, during the stations's first hour.

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