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MARKY RAMONE

Marky Ramone is best known for the 15 years he spent drumming for the legendary Ramones. Prior to joining the Ramones, Marky played with an array of influential musicians dating back to his high school years when he was a member of the Brooklyn based hard rock band, Dust. Recording two albums with his friends, Richie Wise (guitar and vocals) and Kenny Aaronson (bass) for Neil Bogart’s Karma Sutra/Buddha label.

While Dust was disbanding, Marky began hanging out at Max’s Kansas City, where he met Max’s house D.J. Wayne County. He joined forces with Wayne to form Wayne County and The Backstreet Boys. Wayne’s outrageous stage performance and cross-dressing attracted many fans and help solidify a cult following.  After a year and a half of playing in the New York area and not able to generate record company interest, they decided it was best to move on.

In 1976, Marky was introduced to Richard Hell. Along with Bob Quine and Ivan Julian, they formed Richard Hell & the Voidoids. The Voidoids released their groundbreaking debut album in 1977 on Sire Records, entitled “Blank Generation”. Shortly after the Voidoids historic U.K. tour with The Clash, Marky found himself at the bar at CBGB with Dee Dee Ramone. Dee Dee asked him if he would be interested in joining The Ramones.

The spring of 1978, Marky joined the Ramones.  In a matter of weeks he was in the studio recording his first album with The Ramones entitled, “Road to Ruin”, which features one of the biggest Ramones songs “I Wanna Be Sedated”. The following year the Ramones filmed the cult classic “Rock 'n' Roll High School”. Later that year, they joined forces with producer legend, Phil Spector to record “End Of The Century”.


Marky's stick of choice:
American Classic® 3A
Barrel tip produces bright‚ articulate cymbal sounds. Great for light rock and fusion.
L = 16 3/16" | Dia. = .580"
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After several tours and a two more studio albums, Marky was asked to leave the band 1983, only to rejoin his band mates in 1987 until they decided to call it quits in 1996. His tenure with the Ramones spanned a total of 15 years. Performing over 1700 shows and more than 15 releases, including songwriting credits on both Mondo Bizarro and Adios Amigos, the bands farewell release.

In 2000, Marky reunited with long time friend Joey Ramone for Joey’s solo effort “Don't Worry About Me”. In 2001, Marky along with his former band mates (Johnny, Dee Dee and Tommy), were inducted into the Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame. That same year, U2’s Bono presented the Ramones with the MTV’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
The DVD release, “Raw”, a compilation of mostly home videos filmed predominantly by Marky was release in 2004 and entered the Billboard video chart at number 5. Certified gold in three countries and currently the best selling Ramones DVD release to date.

Marky shows no signs of slowing down as he continues to tour the world with his new band Marky Ramones Blitzkreig, with friend Michale Graves (ex-Misfits) on vocals. In the spring of 2009, Marky launched his first worldwide clothing line with long time friend Tommy Hilfiger. In addition, a documentary covering his entire career and life entitled, “The Job That Ate My Brain” is in the works. He is currently in his sixth year as a D.J. on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio, hosting, 'Marky Ramone's Punk Rock Blitzkrieg" and has also appeared on numerous tv shows including, The Simpsons and ZRock. Recently, Marky was honored with the Grammy's® Lifetime Achievement Award.

Discography
DUST: 1971 – Dust   1972 - Hard Attack
ESTUS: 1973 - Estus
RICHARD HELL AND THE VOIDOIDS
1976 - Another World (ep)
1977 - Blank Generation (album)
1989 - Funhunt (live album)
2000 – Oh! (single)

RAMONES
1978 - Road to Ruin
1980 - End of the Century
1981 - Pleasant Dreams
1983 - Subterranean Jungle
1988 - Ramones Mania (compilation)
1989 - Brain Drain
1991 - All the Stuff (And More!) Volume 2 (
1991 - Loco Live [EU Version] (Live)
1992 - Loco Live [US Version] (Live)
1992 - Mondo Bizarro
1993 - Acid Eaters
1995 - ¡Adios Amigos!
1996 - Greatest Hits Live (Live)
1997 - We're Outta Here! (Live)
1999 - Hey Ho! Let's Go: The Anthology
2002 - Loud, Fast Ramones: Their Toughest Hits
2005 - Weird Tales of the Ramones

MARKY RAMONE AND THE INTRUDERS
1994 - Coward with the Gun (single)
1996 - Marky Ramone & The Intruders
1999 - The Answer To Your Problems?[2]
2006 - Start of the Century (disc 1)

DEE DEE RAMONE
1997 - Zonked/Ain't It Fun (album)[3]

THE REMAINZ
1999 - Live in N.Y.C. (live album)

JOEY RAMONE
2002 - Don't Worry About Me (album)
2002 - Christmas Spirit... In My House (EP CD)

MARKY RAMONE AND THE SEEDKINGS
2001 - No If's, And's or But's (album)
2001 - Alive (live album)

THE MISFITS
2002 - Don't Open 'Til It's Doomsday/Day The Earth Caught Fire (Split with Balzac)
2003 - Project 1950 (album)

TEENAGE HEAD
2008 - Teenage Head with Marky Ramone

FILMOGRAPHY
1979 - Rock 'n' Roll High School (Himself)
1980 - Blank Generation (Member of The Voidoids)
1993 - Ramones Around the World (Himself, director, producer)
1997 - We're Outta Here! (Himself)
2002 - The Brooklyn Boys (Tommy)
2003 - End of the Century (Himself)
2004 - Ramones: Raw (Himself, executive producer)
2006 - Too Tough to Die: A Tribute to Johnny Ramone (Himself)

 



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