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“1, 2, 3, 4!!!”

Widely considered the first band to define the sound of punk music, The Ramones were formed in the Forest Hills section of Queens, New York in 1974. Jeffrey Hyman, John Cummings, Douglas Colvin and Tommy Erdelyi each adopted the surname “Ramone,” becoming Joey, Johnny, Dee Dee and Tommy. And so the legendary band was born. Adopting a uniformed look of bowl-cut long hair, leather jackets, t-shirts, and Converse sneakers, The Ramones were unmistakable. And so was their music–a ferocious three-chord fury that was chaotic but controlled, a direct response to the heavily produced music that was pop in the early 70s, a call to arms that restored rock’s vitality.
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John Stabb – Tambourine In Hand – A Tribute

by Sean Koepenick May 20, 2016

Legendary punk frontman John Stabb died on 5/7/2016 after a short battle with stomach cancer. RIP. “Free love across the free land. Visions And?” For some reason this lyric from the song “Visions And?” sticks in my head as the first Government Issue song I really heard and ended up liking quite a bit. But […]

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Lux Interior is Dead – Long Live Lux Interior

by Tony Shea February 4, 2016

His parents called him Erick Lee Purkhiser, but everybody else knew him as Lux Interior. The frontman for psychobilly inventors The Cramps died on this day back in 2009 at the age of 62. While not as well-known as some of his contemporaries including Iggy Pop, the Ramones, and The Misfits, Lux Interior was every […]

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Silver Screams are Triumphant

by Tony Shea January 17, 2016

Silver Screams finished the last leg of their tour last night in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, playing a triumphant show at The Grand Victory. The rowdy crowd was more than ready for the band’s raucous blend of hardcore/post-punk/rock and roll. And the band did not disappoint, tearing through their set with absolutely ferocious efficiency, sprinkling in some […]

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The 5 Best Motorhead Songs – Lemmy R.I.P

by Tony Shea December 29, 2015

image via The great Lemmy Kilmister died today at the age of 70 following “a short battle with an extremely aggressive cancer” according to the announcement on the Motorhead Facebook page. Of course Lemmy was the frontman for Motorhead, the legendary rock and roll band that straddled the fence between metal and punk, creating a […]

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