Marky Ramone

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Marky Ramone
Marky Ramone Photo.jpg
Marky Ramone at Marseille
Background information
Birth name Marc Steven Bell
Born (1952-07-15) July 15, 1952 (age 62)
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Genres Punk rock, heavy metal, hard rock
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, dj
Instruments Drums, percussion
Years active 1971–present
Labels Sire, Warner Music Group, The EMI Group, Rhino Entertainment
Associated acts Ramones, Marky Ramone and the Intruders, Wayne County and the Backstreet Boys, Dust, Richard Hell & the Voidoids, Misfits (formerly), Michale Graves, Teenage Head

Marky Ramone (born Marc Steven Bell; July 15, 1952)[1] is an American musician. He is best known for being the drummer of the punk rock band the Ramones for 15 years. He has also played in other notable bands including the Misfits, Dust, Wayne County and the Backstreet Boys, Richard Hell & the Voidoids,

Bell's tenure with the Ramones lasted 15 years. He is the only living member who is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.[citation needed][dubious ]

Musical career[edit]

Marc Bell was born July 15, 1952. Bell is a twin, his twin brother being Fred Bell. Bell grew up in Brooklyn NY. Bell's household consisted of himself and his brother, his father and his mother and also his grandfather. As a child Bell was repeatedly harassed by teachers for his look.Bell's first band was The Uncles, which consisted of school friends.

Marc Bell started playing drums in 1971 with a heavy metal band, Dust, which included Kenny Aaronson on bass and Richie Wise on guitar, and was produced by Kenny Kerner. Bell recorded two albums with the band, before getting into the punk scene. In late 1972, following the death of New York Dolls original drummer Billy Murcia, Bell auditioned as a replacement and was the only seriously considered alternative to the eventual chosen candidate, Jerry Nolan.[2] In the mid-70s he played with Wayne County and the Backstreet Boys.[3] Wayne County would go on to become rock's first transsexual singer. In the mid 1970s, he joined Richard Hell & the Voidoids. He played on the Voidoid's first album, Blank Generation. In 1978, Bell was renamed Marky Ramone.

Bell was with the Ramones for the next five years. He was asked to leave the band in late 1982 for his drinking problems. He returned in 1987 and played 1700 shows with the band up until their retirement in 1996.[4]

In 1993, Bell appeared with the Ramones in the episode "Rosebud" of The Simpsons.[5]

In 1996, Bell joined Dee Dee Ramone to form The Ramainz, performing Ramones songs.

In 2000, Bell joined Joey Ramone, lead vocalist of the Ramones, to record Joey's solo album, entitled Don't Worry About Me. Joey Ramone told talk show host Joe Franklin that Bell was his favorite drummer along with Keith Moon.

In 2001 he joined the Misfits, replacing Dr. Chud on drums. He played with the band until 2005, appearing on the band's album Project 1950.

In October 2001, Bell appeared on MTV accepting his lifetime achievement award presented by Bono of U2. Bell's hand prints are on the Hollywood Rock Walk. In March 2002, Bell was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, at New York's Waldorf Astoria as a member of the Ramones. In 2002, he recorded some albums with his solo bands Marky Ramone & the Intruders and Marky Ramone & the Speedkings, as well as many 7" releases.[6] Marky Ramone & the Speedkings toured the world from 2002 to 2003.

In September 2004, Bell served as Executive Producer and released a Ramones DVD entitled Ramones Raw on Image Entertainment, which featured footage of the band while on tour all over the world along with other various rare, vintage footage. Much of the candid footage is courtesy of Bell's personal video library. The DVD was finished just in time to include commentary from Johnny Ramone, who died from prostate cancer on September 15, 2004. The commentary also includes Bell. Ramones: Raw is the only certified Gold selling Ramones DVD and one of only two US gold selling releases in the Ramones entire catalog. The other being the greatest hits double LP Ramonesmania released in 1988. Ramones: Raw is also the highest charting release in the Ramones history.

On April 22, 2008, Bell appeared on a new CD in Canada playing drums with the Canadian punk band called Teenage Head.[7] The CD is called Teenage Head with Marky Ramone and it was released in the USA on June 10, 2008. It was recorded in 2003 on two separate visits by Marky to Canada.

He teamed up with Tommy Hilfiger's, Hilfger Denim, in 2009 to launch his own clothing line consisting of leather jackets, jeans and t-shirts. He also has his own line of pasta sauce, "Marky Ramone's Brooklyn's Own Pasta Sauce."[8]

Bell continues to carry the torch for the Ramones as he tours the world with his band called Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg, which plays a 32-song set of the Ramones with singer,writer and frontman Michale Graves.[9]

As of 2014 Bell has been performing with Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg, replacing singer Michael Graves with singer Andrew W.K.

Bell appeared on Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations twice. On the 2007 Cleveland episode, he ate with Bourdain at the Michael Symon restaurant Lola and also toured the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Bourdain said Bell approved of the Ramones exhibit. On the 2010 "No Reservations Holiday Special," the two gather around a table and discuss what they want from Santa Claus (He wanted a hard to get Italian sports car).

Bell won the lifetime achievement award from the Grammy Awards for 2011.

On March 2013, he was part of the Reverend Martini's All Nite Jumpin' Showcase at Viva Las Vegas #16 where he played a Ramones tribute with Deke Dickerson, Chris Sprague, and Crazy Joe![10] Bell also played Rock in Rio, on September 14, 2013. He has also signed on for another year as a DJ on his show the Punk Rock Blitzkrieg on Sirius XM.


The following is a list of albums and singles Marky Ramone has played on.

With Dust:

With Estus:

  • 1973 – Estus

With The Voidoids:

  • 1976 – Another World (single)
  • 1977 – Blank Generation (single)
  • 1977 – Blank Generation (album)

With the Ramones:

With Marky Ramone and the Intruders:

  • 1994 – Coward with the Gun (single)
  • 1996 – Marky Ramone & The Intruders
  • 1999 – The Answer To Your Problems?[11]
  • 2006 – Start of the Century (disc 1)

With Dee Dee Ramone:

  • 1989 – Standing in the Spotlight (album)
  • 1997 – I Am Seeing U.F.O's (single)
  • 1997 – Zonked/Ain't It Fun (album)[12]

With The Ramainz:

  • 1999 – Live in N.Y.C. (live album)

With Joey Ramone:

  • 2001 – Merry Christmas (I Don't Want to Fight Tonight) (single)
  • 2002 – What A Wonderful World (single)
  • 2002 – Don't Worry About Me (album)
  • 2002 – Christmas Spirit... In My House (EP CD)

With Marky Ramone & the Speedkings:

  • 2001 – Speedkings Ride Tonight (single)
  • 2001 – No If's, And's or But's (album)
  • 2001 – Ride Tonight/Hot Rods R' Us (single)
  • 2002 – Alive (live album recorded December 31, 2001 in Berlin)
  • 2002 – Legends Bleed (album)[13]
  • 2002 – I've Got Dee Dee on My Mind/Chinese Rocks (single)
  • 2002 – Rawk Over Scandinavia (Live 4 tracks EP)
  • 2003 – Love Hates Me/Dirty Action
  • 2003 – Speedfinns (Girls & Gasoline demo on a 4 tracks split EP)
  • 2003 – Good Cop Bad Cop/Sidewalkin (single)

With Misfits:

With Cherie Currie:

  • 2007– Cherry Bomb


  • 2006 – Start of the Century (disc two, live performances)

With Raimundos:

  • 2001 - Éramos 4

With Tequila Baby:

  • 2006 – Tequila Baby & Marky Ramone Ao Vivo (live)

With Teenage Head:

  • 2008 – Teenage Head with Marky Ramone

With Bluesman:

  • 2008 – Stop Thinking (Single)

With Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg:

  • 2010 – When We Were Angels (single)
  • 2011 – If and When (single)



  1. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "Marky Ramone: Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved July 27, 2012. 
  2. ^ The New York Dolls: Too Much Too Soon, Nina Antonia, Omnibus Press 1998, 2003 edition, p69
  3. ^ "Cast and Crew: Marky Ramone". Retrieved March 8, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Marky Ramone". Retrieved 2006-09-01. 
  5. ^ "Marky Ramone". April 9, 2009. Retrieved 2014-07-13. 
  6. ^ "One on One – Marky Ramone". November 5, 2001. Retrieved 2014-07-13. 
  7. ^ "Features – Alternative Press". Retrieved 2014-07-13. 
  8. ^ "Marky Ramone". Marky Ramone. Retrieved 2014-07-13. 
  9. ^ "Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg: European Tour Dates Announced -". November 13, 2008. Retrieved 2014-07-13. 
  10. ^ "Viva Las Vegas!! Reverend Martini Shows". Retrieved 2014-07-13. 
  11. ^ The South American version of The Answer To Your Problems? was titled Don't Blame Me.
  12. ^ The United States version of Zonked was titled Ain't It Fun.
  13. ^ Legends Bleed is the United States title for No If's, And's or But's.

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