Johnny Ramone Dead


It's actually...um...this is bad to say, but actually it's a pretty funny obituary. Some combination of the NYT's pretentious reverance for punk, the fact that it's the Ramones, and, well, the fact that it's Johnny.

A sample:
Of the original band, only Tommy (Tom Erdelyi), the drummer, survives.

By stripping rock guitar of its ornamentation and playing almost every note in a violent, accelerated downstroke, Mr. Ramone helped create the punk sound. His style - fast, repetitive and aggressive, though always tuneful - influenced, directly or indirectly, almost every punk guitarist since, from the Sex Pistols' Steve Jones and the Clash's Joe Strummer to Nirvana's Kurt Cobain and contemporary players like Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day and Tom DeLonge of Blink-182.

Yes. "...and Tom DeLonge of Blink-182."

Oh, yeah, and "Mr. Ramone." That's pretty funny, too. Really a lot, read the whole article.

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