everybody and their brother is going to link to the sad news that joey ramone is dead, but i’m going to link to it anyway. to be honest, i was never a huge fan of the ramones. but i was smart enough to recognize that they paved the way for many of the bands that were important to me in my “formative years”. and now – over twenty years after their first album – legions of kids are getting a doses of the ramones without even knowing it.
in fact, i caught mtv2 for the first time this weekend, and i’d say that 90% of the playlist consists of ramones wannabes.