Marky Ramone at the 2009 premiere of the documentary Burning Down the House: The Story of CBGB
|Birth name||Marc Steven Bell|
July 15, 1956 |
Brooklyn, New York, United States
|Genres||Punk rock, heavy metal, hard rock|
|Occupations||Musician, songwriter, DJ|
|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, Michale Graves, Teenage Head|
Marky Ramone (born Marc Steven Bell, July 15, 1956) 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 Dust, Wayne County and the Backstreet Boys, Richard Hell & the Voidoids, and The Misfits.
Marc Bell started playing drums in 1971 with one of the first heavy metal bands in America, 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. In the mid-70s he played with Wayne County and the Backstreet Boys. 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.
Marky Ramone was with the Ramones for the next five years. He was asked to leave the band in late 1982 for personal reasons. He returned in 1987 and played 1700 shows with the band up until their retirement in 1996.
In 2000, Marky Ramone joined Joey Ramone, lead vocalist of the Ramones, to record Joey's solo album, entitled Don't Worry About Me. Joey told talk show host Joe Franklin that Marky was his favorite drummer along with Keith Moon.
In October 2001, Marky appeared on MTV accepting his lifetime achievement award presented by Bono of U2 Marky Ramone's hand prints are on the Hollywood Rock Walk. In March 2002, Marky was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, at New York's Waldorf Astoria as a member of the Ramones. In 2002, Marky Ramone recorded a song with the brazilian punk rock band Tequila Baby, playing drums in the song "Seja Com O Sol, Seja Com A Lua", of the album "Punk Rock Até Os Ossos". He recorded some albums with his solo bands Marky Ramone & the Intruders and Marky Ramone & the Speedkings, as well as many 7" releases. Marky Ramone & the Speedkings toured the world from 2002 to 2003.
In September 2004, Marky 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 Marky Ramone'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 Marky Ramone. 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. In 2006, Marky played again with the brazilian punk rock band Tequila Baby and recorded the live album "Tequila Baby & Marky Ramone Ao Vivo".
On April 22, 2008, Marky Ramone appeared on a new CD in Canada playing drums with the Canadian punk band called Teenage Head. 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."
Marky 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.
Marky 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 Marky 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).
Marky also won the lifetime achievement award from the Grammy's 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! Marky Ramone also played Rock in Rio, Sept. 14 th. 2013. Marky just signed on for another year as a D.J. on his show the Punk Rock Blitzkrieg. on Sirius XM.
The following is a list of albums and singles Marky Ramone has played on.
- 1973 - Estus
With The Voidoids:
- 1976 - Another World (single)
- 1977 - Blank Generation (single)
- 1977 - Blank Generation (album)
With the Ramones:
- 1978 - Road to Ruin
- 1979 - Rock "N" Roll High School sound track
- 1980 - End of the Century
- 1981 - Pleasant Dreams
- 1983 - Subterranean Jungle
- 1988 - Ramones Mania (compilation)
- 1989 - Brain Drain
- 1991 - All the Stuff (And More!) Volume 2 (compilation)
- 1991 - Loco Live [EU Version] (Live)
- 1992 - Loco Live [US Version] (Live)
- 1992 - Mondo Bizarro
- 1993 - Acid Eaters
- 1995 - ¡Adios Amigos!
- 1996 - Greatest Hits Live (Live)
- 1997 - We're Outta Here! (Live)
- 1999 - Hey Ho! Let's Go: The Anthology (compilation)
- 2002 - Loud, Fast Ramones: Their Toughest Hits (compilation)
- 2005 - Weird Tales of the Ramones (compilation)
- 1978 - Needles and Pins (1978)
- 1979 - She's the One (1979)
- 1979 - Rock 'n' Roll High School (1979)
- 1980 - Baby, I Love You (1980)
- 1980 - Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio? (1980)
- 1981 - We Want the Airwaves (1981)
- 1981 - She's a Sensation (1981)
- 1983 - Psycho Therapy (1983)
- 1983 - Time Has Come Today (1983)
- 1989 - Pet Sematary (1989)
- 1989 - I Believe in Miracles (1989)
- 1992 - Poison Heart (1992)
- 1992 - Strength to Endure (1992)
- 1993 - Touring (1993)
- 1993 - Journey to the Center of the Mind (1993)
- 1993 - Substitute (1993)
- 1994 - 7 and 7 Is (1994)
- 1995 - I Don't Want to Grow Up (1995)
- 1995 - The Crusher (1995)
- 1996 - R.A.M.O.N.E.S. (1996)
- 1994 - Coward with the Gun (single)
- 1996 - Marky Ramone & The Intruders
- 1999 - The Answer To Your Problems?
- 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)
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)
- 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)
- 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 Osaka Popstar:
- 2006 Osaka Popstar and the American Legends of Punk (Album)
- 2008 Rock'em O-Sock 'em Live! (EP)
- 2008 Shaolin Monkeys" (Single)
with Cherie Currie
- 2007- Cherry Bomb
- 2006 - Start of the Century (disc two, live performances)
With Teenage Head:
- 2008 - Teenage Head with Marky Ramone
- 2008 - Stop Thinking (Single)
With Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg:
- 2010 - When We Were Angels (single)
- 2011 - If and When (single)
Marky also did a blues album with Blues legend Johnny Shines when he was nineteen.
Marky is writing a book based on his times in the punk scene. And more.
Marky also did several spoken word tours which involved Marky showing some pics and speaking about his times in the punk scene and how he joined the Ramones,among other things. Marky has his own star named for him as do the Ramones also. Marky also dj's and has deejayed around the world.
- 1979 - Rock 'n' Roll High School (Himself)
- 1980 - Blank Generation (Member of the Voidoids)
- 1993 - Ramones – Around the World (Himself, director, producer)
- 1997 - We're Outta Here! (Himself)
- 2002 - The Brooklyn Boys (Tommy)
- 2003 - End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones (Himself)
- 2004 - Ramones: Raw (Himself)
- 2006 - Too Tough to Die: A Tribute to Johnny Ramone (Himself)
- 2010 - Lemmy (Himself)
- Ankeny, Jason. "Marky Ramone: Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 27 July 2012.
- The New York Dolls: Too Much Too Soon, Nina Antonia, Omnibus Press 1998, 2003 edition, p69
- "Cast and Crew: Marky Ramone". IFC.com. Retrieved 8 March 2010.
- "Marky Ramone on ramones.com". Retrieved 2006-09-01.
- Marky Ramone on Faster Louder
- Concert Live Wire - Interview with Marky Ramone
- Alt Press - Web Exclusive: A conversation with Marky Ramone
- http://www.reverendmartini.com/vivalasvegas2013.html. Missing or empty
- The South American version of The Answer To Your Problems? was titled Don't Blame Me.
- The United States version of Zonked was titled Ain't It Fun.
- Legends Bleed is the United States title for No If's, And's or But's.
- Official website
- Exclusive Marky Ramone Radio Interview
- Marky Ramone at the Internet Movie Database
- Monte A. Melnick - Ramones Tour Manager "On The Road With The Ramones"