Saturday, 12 July 2014

REWIND: Ramones - 'Here Today, Gone Tomorrow'

Sad to report that Ramones drummer Tommy Ramone, real name Thomas Erdelyi (born Erdélyi Tamás) has passed away. He died in a hospice yesterday (July 11) following treatment for bile duct cancer. Ramone was the group's drummer from 1974 to 1978, also co-producing their first three albums. A Facebook announcement of Tommy's death was followed by a 1978 quote from the man himself: "It wasn't just music in The Ramones: it was an idea. It was bringing back a whole feel that was missing in rock music – it was a whole push outwards to say something new and different. Originally it was just an artistic type of thing; finally I felt it was something that was good enough for everybody." Taken from the band's classic 1977 album 'Rocket To Russia', here's 'Here Today, Gone Tomorrow'. RIP Tommy, and farewell to the last member of this seminal and hugely influential group.

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