In light of the recent death of iconic drummer Tommy Ramone, here's an older story with a great look back at some of his other skills outside of drumming. Below, you can read a snarky press bio written by Tommy Ramone in 1975, which was penned under the name Tome Erdelyi (the Americanized version of his Hungarian name) when he was still managing the band. "The Ramones are not an oldies group, they are not a glitter group, they don't play boogie music and they don't play blues," Ramone starts the bio. He goes on to compare the band’s sound to howitzer cannons and point out Joey Ramone’s “lanky frame.”
Read the whole bio below via SPIN and let us know what you think.
"The Ramones are not an oldies group, they are not a glitter group, they don't play boogie music and they don't play the blues. The Ramones are an original Rock and Roll group of 1975, and their songs are brief, to the point and every one a potential hit single..
The quartette consists of Johnny, Joey, Dee Dee, and Tommy Ramone, Johnny, the guitarist, plays with such force that his sound has been compared to a hundred howitzers going off. Joey, the lead singer, is an arch villain whose lanky frame stands threatening center stage. Dee Dee is Bass guitar and the acknowledged handsome one of the group, and Tommy is the drummer whose pulsating playing launches the throbbing sound of the band.
The Ramones all originate from Forest Hills and kids who grew up there either became musicians, degenerates or dentists. The Ramones are a little of each. Their sound is not unlike a fast drill on a rear molar."