Punk-rock feud extends beyond the grave to presidential race

November 3, 2008

Punk rock innovators the Ramones made a joyful racket, but offstage they were rarely in tune.

Band members were known to feud about everything, from their song list to politics. Guitarist Johnny Ramone was a conservative, while singer Joey Ramone was a liberal.

Johnny and Joey are both dead now, but their feud lives on in the presidential race.

You see, Johnny’s widow Linda, using the Ramone moniker, has been campaigning for Republican John McCain, and Joey’s estate is none too happy about that.

“I just want it to be clear that Linda Cummings does not represent the political views of the Ramones,” said Mickey Leigh, the president of Ramones Productions who is also Joey’s brother.

“As for Joey Ramone, the only Ramones song he would sing at a Republican event would be ‘Glad to See You Go,’” Leigh said in a press release.

It’s not the first time Linda has created dischord among the Ramones. She dated Joey but eventually married Johnny, causing the two band members not speak to each other for years, even as they continued to tour and make records.

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It figures the Ramones were like that. They were unabashedly commercial,extremely popular and very ungrateful for their success if this is the way they behaved. Ive Been a rock and roll musician for 39 years,with no label support,even CBGB,where the Ramones began was mean to me since the first time I appeared there in 1977.Im no superstar but glad for any opportunity to entertain crowds. I am against drug lyrics in popular music,such as the Ramones “I Wanna Be Sedated”. I hope the new administration will put a stop to drug related content on the public airwaves. This all began with the Beatles, which is where the Ramones got their name from. Thank you very much for your time and consideration,
Very Truly Yours,
Bernard J. McDermott

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Excuse me Mr. McDumbnot, but are you even familiar with The Ramones? The band was not commercially successful during most of it’s career. Only during the last few years did they receive recognition for their influence on the music of today. They were not ungrateful, they very much appreciated their loyal fan base and believed in what they did. Joey and Johnny couldn’t stand being in the same room, but they stayed together because they believed that strongly in the music. That persistence and belief influenced many bands who became popular and then cited the Ramones as an influence. They were out there touring constantly for over 20 years. Perhaps there is a reason that you haven’t been picked up by a label in 39 years.

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