I Miss The Ramones So F**king Bad by KXLU Reverend Dan


The Ramones were not punk rock. Every idiot knows that. They were just
four hoodlums from Queens who wanted to play rock and roll like every other
jac**ss in the U-S of A. And instead of just being a band, they goddamn
changed the world as you and I know it. Four delinquents banging away on
crappy instruments making the most angelic and holy music ever. Rock and
Roll with a primitive brutal beauty. Ever watch Gilligan's Island? Sure
you have. And you know that when Gilligan would turn on the radio, this
cool twangy Rock and Roll would always blast out. This twangy, goofy, Bo
Diddley-esqe rave up. And it would only play for a second or two, but
those two seconds of noise captured the wild abandon that is the essense of Rock and Roll perfectly. The Ramones are the logical idiot evolution of the
"Gilligan's Island Radio Music," They were the perfect essense of Rock and Roll, a true milestone in music history. No I"m not f**king kidding.
These guys were important! And if you were a fledgling guitar player, their
first album was the one album you could absolutely play along with to every
single song! That's probably why so many garage bands birthed up after the
Ramones; they taught us how to play the guitar (or bass, for that matter...left
channel: bass, right channel: guitar). They didn't know they were
geniusessese...genii...they didn't know they were brilliant. But they
were. Go ahead, put that first album on right now...I know you've got it. And
you really need to hear it again. You'll dig it of course, but right about
when you get to "Chainsaw" you'll find yourself sitting on the edge of
your chair or bed with your mouth hanging open at the sonic perfection cranking from the speakers. From guys wearing torn jeans and t-shirts. Hell,
I could do that! Let's start a band! What would the world be like without
the Ramones? It would be JUST LIKE IT F**KING IS RIGHT NOW. God I f**king miss the Ramones. I thank every deity that the records still exist, some
small documentation that a band that amazing ever even existed. And I thank every deity that the spirit of the Ramones lives on in bands all over the world. We will remember.


cartoon by cindy pop