Solution For Assholes Who Hold Up Phones At Concerts (Starring Marky Ramone) of the Ramones
Written & Produced by Alex Scordelis
Directed by Jake Fogelnest
Frank Garcia Hejl
DP: Tyler Ribble
Editor: Jenny Filippazzo
Gaffer: Colin Allen
Sound: Corey Poindexter
Additional music by The Walk Ons
The Ramones were an American punk rock band that formed in the New York City neighborhood of Forest Hills, Queens, in 1974. They are often cited as the first band to define the punk rock sound. Despite achieving only limited commercial success, the band was a major influence on the 1970s punk movement in both the United States and United Kingdom.
All of the band members adopted pseudonyms ending with the surname “Ramone”, although none of them were related. They performed 2,263 concerts, touring virtually nonstop for 22 years. In 1996, after a tour with the Lollapalooza music festival, the bandplayed a farewell concert and disbanded. By 2014, all of the band’s original four members — lead singer Joey Ramone (1951–2001), guitarist Johnny Ramone (1948–2004), bassist Dee Dee Ramone (1952–2002) and drummer Tommy Ramone (1949–2014) — had died.
Recognition of the band’s importance built over the years, and they are now mentioned in many assessments of all-time great rock music, such as the Rolling Stone list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time” and VH1‘s “100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock”. In 2002, the Ramones were ranked the second-greatest band of all time by Spin magazine, trailing only the Beatles. On March 18, 2002, the original four members and Tommy’s replacement on drums, Marky Ramone, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2011, the group was awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award
In April 2009, Spin writer Mark Prindle observed that the Ramones had to date “inspired a jaw-dropping 48 (at least!) full-length tribute records.” The first Ramones tribute album featuring multiple performers was released in 1991: Gabba Gabba Hey: A Tribute to the Ramones includes tracks by such acts as the Flesh Eaters, L7, Mojo Nixon, and Bad Religion. In 2001, Dee Dee made a guest appearance on one track of Ramones Maniacs, a multi-artist cover of the entire Ramones Mania compilation album. The Song Ramones the Same, which came out the following year, includes performances by the Dictators, who were part of the early New York punk scene, and Wayne Kramer, guitarist for the influential protopunk band MC5. We’re a Happy Family: A Tribute to Ramones, released in 2003, features performers such as Green Day, Metallica, Kiss, the Offspring,Red Hot Chili Peppers, U2, and Rob Zombie (who also did the album cover artwork).
Punk bands such as Screeching Weasel, the Vindictives, the Queers, Parasites, the Mr. T Experience, Boris the Sprinkler, Beatnik Termites, Tip Toppers, Jon Cougar Concentration Camp, McRackins, and Kobanes have recorded cover versions of entire Ramones albums—Ramones, Leave Home, Rocket to Russia, It’s Alive, Road to Ruin,End of the Century, Pleasant Dreams, Subterranean Jungle, two versions of Too Tough to Die, and Halfway To Sanity respectively.The Huntingtons‘ File Under Ramonesconsists of Ramones covers from across the band’s history.
Shonen Knife, an all-woman trio band from Osaka, Japan, was formed in 1981 as a direct result of founder-lead singer-guitarist Naoko Yamano‘s instant infatuation with the music of the Ramones. In 2012, to observe the band’s 30th anniversary, Shonen Knife released Osaka Ramones, which featured thirteen Ramones songs covered by the band