July 13, 2014 – 6:28 am

TOMMY RAMONE R.I.P. 1952-2014

The Ramones’ original drummer Tommy Ramone has died on July 11, 2014. “We are saddened to announce the passing of Ramones founding drummer Tommy (Erdelyi) Ramone. #RIPTommy Ramone,” a posting on the band’s official Twitter account announced. The band, founded in New York in 1974, had a major influence on punk rock. Tommy Ramone was the last surviving member of its original lineup. He died aged 62. Variety said Tommy Ramone had been undergoing treatment for bile duct cancer at a hospice when he died. All members of the band adopted the surname Ramone although they were not related. Tommy Ramone, whose real surname was Erdelyi, was the last of the original four Ramones. The other Ramones were guitarist Johnny; bassist Dee Dee and vocalist Joey.

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Los Angeles 1977 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Whiskey A Go Go, Los Angeles, CA; October 21, 1977. Fairly good soundboard (could also be FM).

Thanks to newyorkdoll who originally shared the show at Dime in 2006; and to swapmeat for keeping it alive at Zomb.

swapmeat noted:

This is a retracked version of the bootleg called “Birthday Bash”. The source of these flac files is a rip of “Birthday Bash. The bootleg is poorly tracked, with several tracks containing two songs. I decoded the flacs to wav, joined the wavs with shntool, then used CD Wave to split the joined wav into tracks. I edited out three seconds from the original flac files, as the end of original track 15 is repeated at the beginning of original track 16.

Thanks also to theface07 for the artwork (slightly modified here).

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Track 01. intro 0:40 (1.1MB)
Track 02. Loudmouth 1:50 (3.1MB)
Track 03. Beat On The Brat 2:29 (4.2MB)
Track 04. Blitzkrieg Bop 2:08 (3.6MB)
Track 05. I Remember You 2:10 (3.7MB)
Track 06. Glad To See You Go 1:53 (3.2MB)
Track 07. Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment 1:35 (2.7MB)
Track 08. You’re Gonna Kill That Girl 2:33 (4.3MB)
Track 09. I Don’t Care 1:51 (3.1MB)
Track 10. Sheena Is A Punk Rocker 2:23 (4.0MB)
Track 11. Rockaway Beach 1:56 (3.2MB)
Track 12. Commando 2:13 (3.7MB)
Track 13. Here Today, Gone Tomorrow 2:50 (4.7MB)
Track 14. Surfin’ Bird 2:18 (3.9MB)
Track 15. Cretin Hop 1:46 (3.0MB)
Track 16. Listen To My Heart 1:39 (2.8MB)
Track 17. California Sun 1:49 (3.1MB)
Track 18. I Don’t Wanna Walk Around With You 1:31 (2.6MB)
Track 19. Pinhead 2:35 (4.4MB)
Track 20. break before encore 1:23 (2.3MB)
Track 21. Suzy Is A Headbanger 2:01 (3.4MB)
Track 22. Chain Saw 1:33 (2.6MB)
Track 23. Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World 2:00 (3.4MB)
Track 24. break before second encore 1:26 (2.4MB)
Track 25. Now I Want To Be A Good Boy 2:05 (3.5MB)
Track 26. Let’s Dance 1:48 (3.0MB)
51 mins

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  1. 43 Responses to “RAMONES - WHISKY A GO GO 1977 (TOMMY RAMONE R.I.P. 1952-2014)”

  2. Sad. But, hopefully, Tommy Erdelyi’s consciousness has gone to a better place, where he is as he was back in those heady 1970s days, young, free of the horrors of cancer, and bangin’ on the bongos. I bought the Ramones self-titled first LP back in 1976, right around the time I graduated from high school. I bought it because, frankly, even then I was tired of the tedious pablum that both rock and pop music had become. It literally was like a breath of fresh air, followed closely by LP’s from the Clash and a host of others in the so-called punk movement and the new wave. Today, all these years later, rock truly seems dead as a doornail. Call me an old folgy if you will, I don’t care. Will someone, anyone, lift a hand and save rock from oblivion in the way the Ramones did (for me at least) all those years ago?

    By Mr. Jimmy on Jul 13, 2014

  3. 3 Cheers for Big O.
    Sun Ra, The Dead Kennedys, The Rolling Stones & The Ramones all together on the one site. What bliss.
    Outstanding & Thanks.

    By largo al on Jul 13, 2014

  4. With you Mr. Jimmy. Those first 10 seconds of ‘Blitzkreig Bop’ made you say either ‘What is that noise’ or ‘Fuck yeah, this is what I’ve been waiting for’.

    By raoul duke on Jul 13, 2014

  5. Ramones related: here is the link to see Joey Ramone in 1999 at CBGB backed by The Huntingtons.


    I saw the Huntingtons perform in 1999 in Ventura CA at a little basement club called The Staircase. They were a ‘clone of the ramones’, but also did their own material, with which they also had hits. I’ve bought 4 of their CD’s. One of the titles is: File Under Ramones. They broke up in 2005 bur restarted in 2009. I talked to Cliffy Huntington for one hour after the concert about their songwriting, their performance, their attitudes as a band. All 4 members were professing Christians, and performed at top-line Christian venues (Cornerstone, etc.), yet you could not tell that at all during any performance. Cliffy’s response was, well, basically, we’re just 4 Christians in a regular band, and we just love the ramones music. This turned out to be just before they backed Joey Ramone. I’m glad they got to do that.

    By Job Hunter on Jul 13, 2014

  6. BTW, I videotaped 38 bands during the summer of 1999, including Katy Perry, but all with permission of the venue holder and the bands. Unfortunately, this was one performance I couldn’t.

    By Job Hunter on Jul 13, 2014

  7. never got the whole punk thing.
    I was so busy trying to learn how to play the guitar while the punks seemed to be incapable of playing it made no sense.

    By remington doodad on Jul 13, 2014

  8. christian rock. an oxymoron like military intelligence or jumbo shrimp.
    Rock and roll is not for christians rock and roll is an attitude which doe snot gel with a christian lifestyle. sorry christians you can`t have it all.

    By remington doodad on Jul 13, 2014

  9. Wow Remington, read your two posts again. I think post number two answers post number one.

    To me, punk was the inevitable answer to the poppy/disco drivel that was becoming more prevalent in the late seventies. Punks weren’t about being musical virtuosos. They were making a statement: that rock was an attitude and a force that could challenge society, politics, whatever…

    By steve22 on Jul 14, 2014

  10. And there’s nothing wrong with Christian rock. I no longer go to church. But the church I attended as a child (Episcopalian) was recently sold. The new parish is not from the immediate area. Heavily Hispanic and they rock the place on Thursday nights. I walk by and the place is packed with people: musicians, families, children. All sharing a good time. What’s wrong with that?

    By steve22 on Jul 14, 2014

  11. All sharing a good time. What’s wrong with that?

    nothing but you don`t know rock and roll.

    By remington doodad on Jul 14, 2014

  12. Loudest band I ever heard (He and She’s bar in Buffalo, NY, 1976). I agree that the Ramones and the Clash (and Elvis Costello) brought us out of the doldrums of mid-70’s popular rock. RIP Tommy Ramone.

    By California Jim on Jul 14, 2014

  13. the only doldrums were being experienced by those who ate the fodder from the a.m. stations
    there was plenty of great music just as now only you have to do a little legwork yourself .

    By remington doodad on Jul 14, 2014

  14. Remington doodad - does Weird Al know how to rock? I’ve seen him live. The only diff between his performance and the original songs are the words. Same for ApologetiX. So, Bob Dylan didn’t know how to rock? Some of his best rockin was in his Christian years, check the recently found lost tapes of his live Christian concert on this site. Barry McGuire? People actually choose to become Christian after hearing Jesus Christ Superstar. All Im saying is, if your definition is drugs, sex and rock n roll, too many have gone down the first part of that road and they’re not here anymore. As a media for protest, for change, that is content driven, a form of communication, an art form like painting or photography, rock n roll will stay if it remains relevant. Having only business (bad record labels, anyone?), governmental, societal or politically correct content in any art is not free speech. It is rule by state and the end of freedom. Look at what is happening in Singapore. Christianity can be a source for good change, if people will look at how Christ said: love God, and love others as yourself. These are the most important things to do. Then your art becomes informed. I’m not saying there’s no room for anything else, that’s what freedom is. But don’t throw out from rock n roll what you don’t like in words just because you alone don’t agree with it. So sorry it hurts your sensibilities, but it’s freedom. Remember, it wasn’t a Christian or conservative group that demanded labels on music, it was Tipper Gore, Al Gore’s wife, democrats, that came up with the “content advisory”.

    By Job Hunter on Jul 14, 2014

  15. Mr. Jimmy: rock isn’t dead, you just have to look harder. Try the Fratellis, MGMT, Black Keys and the Killers. Also some wonder alternative bands such as Arcade Fire, Vampire Weekend, Fun. and Imagine Dragons.

    By California Jim on Jul 14, 2014

  16. Job,

    The PMRC was not a Democratic group; Tipper Gore was just the most prominent name among the “Washington Wives” who founded it (possibly because a prudish busybody named “Tipper” makes an inviting target for mockery and pushback). Her original partners included Susan Baker, wife of Bush family righthand man James Baker, and Sally Nevius, wife of Republican politician John Nevius.

    And, anyway, it would be disingenuous to pretend that Christian or conservative groups have never actively pushed for “content advisory” labels or even outright censorship of music and other art that they find objectionable.

    By frightwig on Jul 14, 2014

  17. don`t try and lay your christian dooda-ism on me..
    rock and roll is an attitude not welcome in your holy halls and you damn well know .What you want is a wtered down pretend version, you buggers want it all and more, well, rock and roll isn`t yours.
    dig it.

    By remington doodad on Jul 14, 2014

  18. Remington doodad - does Weird Al know how to rock

    parody isn`t rock and roll. you don`t even know what rock and roll is…weird al is a goof.

    By remington doodad on Jul 14, 2014

  19. Christianity can be a source for good change

    like having flood waters cover the earth to drown children..children aren`t sinners but they somehow got included.

    By remington doodad on Jul 14, 2014

  20. Barry McGuire?

    one hit a million years ago written by a 14 year old.and it wasn`t rock and roll and neither was his hootenanny shit.

    By remington doodad on Jul 14, 2014

  21. Bob Dylan didn’t know how to rock
    Some of his best rockin was in his Christian years

    okay, that`s it enough of your tripe.Dylan`s worst period ever.He rocked with the BAND he rocked with bloomfield he rocked with damn near everyone except his saved period which sucked large.

    By remington doodad on Jul 14, 2014

  22. Agreed about the Bob-Jesus phase. But let’s give integrity it’s due… he certainly didn’t put out those records for popularity or sales.

    Glad he more or less got it out of his system. de lawd he woiks in mysterious ways…

    By lowendbill on Jul 14, 2014

  23. Remington doodad - I’m glad you said that Bob rocked with Bloomfield. Who do you think was in Bob’s band in 1979 when he was playing songs like “I ain’t going to hell for anybody” and “There’s a Thief on the Cross, I Wanna Talk to Him”. I’ve got those recordings, Bob talks to him onstage. Watch the DVD, the interview with the Jewish producer of his Christian albums and the recant from the Bay area critic who scathed Bob at the time. He now admits that Bob rocked. He admitted that he put him down ONLY because he was a Christian.

    By Job Hunter on Jul 14, 2014

  24. frightwig, politicians on both sides like to control people, that’s for sure. But it seems that lately the democrats like to do it more. Who is in charge right now? NSA, IRS, Csars, Recess appointments when there is no recess. You know you have to piss the Supreme Court very bad to get them to agree 100% on anything. 9-0 against our President.

    By Job Hunter on Jul 14, 2014

  25. Remington, hate to disappoint you, but the flood story wasn’t written down by Christians. It was a little bit prior to Jesus’ arrival. The flood story is in many cultures throughout history, so which culture are you going to blame?

    Jesus rebelled against the religious leaders of His day, and they murdered Him for it. And that was after the people tried to shove him off a cliff. So it wasn’t just the High Priest, the Governor, the King, or the Romans that wanted Jesus dead. Jesus was an outlaw. Even His closest friends dissed Him and ran away scared, and denied knowing Him. If rock and roll is rebellion, and against the Establishment, then Jesus earned it, with beatings, whipping, and a gruesome execution on a cross.

    By Job Hunter on Jul 14, 2014

  26. Right, Job Hunter. Obama has czars. Hard to believe an American president would come up with something like that….but Richard Nixon did…though it was Ronald Reagan who really ran with the idea. As for the NSA and its unconstitutional powers, that’s all George W. (not that I excuse Obama totally for continuing what the Republicans started). And the IRS? Are you referring to its targeting of conservative groups? No doubt Fox News failed to tell you that it’s targeted liberal groups even more than conservative ones? Again, just continuing with policies begun under Republican presidents. So, basically, in all three cases, you’re basically criticizing Obama for failing to turn back Republican policies. And, as for the recess appointments, you might have a point were it not for the fact that Obama’s had to deal with an obstructionist Republican congress that’s blocked far more appointments than any before. In other words, it’s what happens when Obama doesn’t simply do what the Republicans want.

    By Willis on Jul 14, 2014

  27. oh boy we got a religious lunatic here now .
    everyone hang onto your wallets.

    By remington doodad on Jul 14, 2014

  28. The flood story is in many cultures throughout history, so which culture are you going to blame?

    this is how you religious nutbars twist things. I never mentioned Jesus I was talking about your god and how he drowned children.you going to deny the flood? me, i don`t believe it happened but you christians have to or you get kicked out of the club.

    By remington doodad on Jul 14, 2014

  29. Job Hunter used to call himself 2yearsnojob or something, followed by 3yearsnojob, etc., and by now I think he’d be 6 or 7yearsnojob, but I think he realized that people could do basic subtraction and figure out that his years of unemployment began during the Bush administration, and hence his blaming Obama for the fact that he sits at home watching Fox News and selectively reading the Bible instead of going to work doesn’t make sense.

    By Willis on Jul 14, 2014

  30. seems like the evangelists make pretty good coin leading the brainwashed. perhaps he could applyfor work at one of their clubs.

    By remington doodad on Jul 14, 2014

  31. Thank you Willis and remington doodad for conceding the debate. That’s what happens When the other side blows their cool and goes to personal attacks.

    Christianity can be a source for good change. Remington, really? you never mentioned Jesus? Who is the Christ in Christianity? You’re the one who talked about the flood. Nice straw man to try to divert the subject.

    Willis, I changed the name because I wanted to be positive and not negative, that’s all. I go to interviews. It’s just that they see my arm that I can’t lift up and my damaged shoulder and think I can’t do the job (and that’s after surgery, the best they could do). I got hit by a habitual drunk driver, who is undocumented, now 32, has caused 4 DUI multiple injury accidents. A dozen people in the past ten years are injured due to this one guy. He has 5 DUI’s in the past 10 years and served only 1 year for what he did permanently to me and to the other driver he hit, who still hasn’t had hand surgery and lost his job. Of course Jose Rodriguez was not injured, though he totaled mommy’s car in the process, who admitted she gave him permission to drive her car. Drive defensively. He is out there and about due for another DUI crash. He doesn’t believe in braking.

    By Job Hunter on Jul 14, 2014

  32. never conceded anything but i found out long ago there is no debate with brainwashed idiots.they spout dogma and prattle all day long [and night too ]if you let them.
    so tiresome that we have to listen to these morons who base their entire life on a book.

    By remington doodad on Jul 15, 2014

  33. rock and roll!!!!!!

    By remington doodad on Jul 15, 2014

  34. thank you jobhunter for dropping the inane argument you presented that weird al yankyourdick is rock and roll. This is the sort of claptrap that dummies who need a book to tell them to behave will spout.

    By remington doodad on Jul 15, 2014

  35. rock and roll is sonny burgess, the ramones,link wray,little richard,lee allen,the blasters,early stones, chuck berry, dale hawkins,et al.
    not ,weird al, yes, foreigner, stephen stills, christianity, toto,michael jackson, the carpenters,barry mcguire, hugh laurie,kiss, queen, no matter how much you want it to be.

    By remington doodad on Jul 15, 2014

  36. Hi Remington, thanks for clarifying what you were talking about. Of those you named on your list, I only talked to one in person, and just the two of us were there. I had 10 minutes before I had to close the store, and I had no other customers. So we talked. I saw him jump out of a tiny convertible, wearing a gold glitter jacket and black slacks and black shirt. It was 1973 and he was on his way to the studio, after getting off a plane following a tour. I was heavy into 50’s and 60’s rock n roll, so I recognized Chuck Berry immediately. I have found that famous people feel safe coming up to me because they can see that I don’t go crazy over them. I just treat them like normal people, don’t take pictures or ask for autographs. I put them at ease and they appreciate that. I wonder how Nixon would have reacted with your comment about him having czars. I bet he would have given you a nervous laugh, while trying to size you up. Finding you serious about the comment, he would have given you the strangest look, since he was one of the most anti-communist politicos out there. He basically used his cabinet like czars, but they were under government law, and some got nailed under it, unlike our current president’s czars, who are in addition to his cabinet. These czars run things, but they are not under any government controls. Barry McGuire was easy to talk with the three times I met him. I spent a half hour with Jan Berry of Jan and Dean. I did meet and talk with 2 guys from the Quarrymen, one of whom played with John, Paul and George and recorded with them the one-off 1958 record In Spite of All The Danger and That’ll Be The Day, released on the Anthology set. I have talked to Dick Dale a few times over the years, the King Of The Surf Guitar. If you like Link Wray, then you’d dig Dick Dale.

    By Job Hunter on Jul 15, 2014

  37. I wonder how Nixon would have reacted with your comment about him having czars

    better go back and re -read , I think you are preaching to willis.you are mixing up things here.
    ps..I like link wray and there is no comparison of his rumble to dick dales reverb.

    By remington doodad on Jul 15, 2014

  38. been a long time since I rock and rolled !

    By remington doodad on Jul 15, 2014


    By brotherloves salvation tent show on Jul 16, 2014

  40. its about fucking time

    By remington doodad on Jul 19, 2014

  41. jobhunter:
    1) Nixon would respond by saying “yes, I had czars.” Look it up. This is not something to argue about. It’s historical fact. (The one thing I got wrong is that he wasn’t the first president to appoint czars. That was Woodrow Wilson, but the practice was retired after WWII, and then Nixon brought it back). Here’s an article about it: http://content.time.com/time/politics/article/0,8599,1925564,00.html
    2) Being anti-communist has nothing to do with it. The czars in Russia weren’t communists. They were the rulers before the communists. The communists overthrew the last czar, Czar Nicholas, and killed him and his family. Again, historical fact, not opinion. Then you’re clearly not interested in facts, since you apparently like living in a world that conforms to your right wing ideology.

    By Willis on Jul 19, 2014

  42. Willis: point 2 well taken; As to point 1, I will examine your link and compare to other information to view it in context. Woodrow Wilson was a Progressive, and expanded the powers of the executive branch. So it makes sense about him appointing czars. I also remember that Nixon expanded powers when he instituted wage and price controls, to say the least. Whenever one or two branches weakens the third, and the fourth estate is asleep, we the people are in trouble, no matter which party is in power.

    I remember when Nixon was firing one after another special prosecutors, I was in high school and attended USC Law Day, whose guest speaker was the current prosecutor at the time, who was simply refusing to step down. Nixon didn’t know what to do about it, other than to make threats (which no one was prepared to fulfill). So the prosecutor just held his ground.

    By Job Hunter on Jul 19, 2014

  43. looks like jobhunter bailed when presented with facts. typical.

    By remington doodad on Jul 19, 2014

  44. looks like jobhunter bailed when presented with facts. typical.

    Well Remington, DUH. People who aren’t narrow-minded and obstinate like you can change and grow. Give it a try sometime. The world becomes a better place to live in. Your God-phobia is very evident. Don’t want any Jesus freaks in your “rock n roll club”. Oooooooooo. Boy, so insecure. If you’d look into Jesus, you’d think it cool when he made a whip and drove the money-grubbing thieves out of the temple (or church) of God and threw over their “cash registers”, spilling coins everywhere. That was something that the priests of his day were doing, and it made him angry. He yelled at the priests and called them names, such as brood of vipers and snakes! He told them that they took his Father’s house, supposed to be a place of prayer,(the temple) and turned it into a den of thieves! Jesus said he came to save the sick and the lost. Does some of that speak to you? Whoever claims that churches are filled with perfect, healthy people could not have read the words of Jesus. He’s my hero, NO ONE else.

    By Job Hunter on Jul 20, 2014

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