Marky Ramone at Marseille
|Birth name||Marc Steven Bell|
July 15, 1952 |
Brooklyn, New York, United States
|Genres||Punk rock, heavy metal, hard rock|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, songwriter, DJ|
|Labels||Sire, Warner Music Group, The EMI Group, Rhino Entertainment|
|Associated acts||Ramones, Marky Ramone and the Intruders, Misfits, Dust, Estus, Richard Hell & the Voidoids, Michale Graves, Teenage Head, Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg|
Marky Ramone (born Marc Steven Bell on July 14, 1956; some sources cite July 14, 1952; some sources cite 1957) is an American musician. He is best known for being the drummer of the punk rock band the Ramones, from May 1978 until February 1983, and August 1987 until August 1996. He has also played in other notable bands, including the Misfits, Dust, Estus, and Richard Hell & the Voidoids.
Marky Ramone's tenure with the Ramones lasted 15 years. He is the only living member inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the only living member to receive the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
In 2015 Marky released his autobiography Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life as a Ramone.
Bell started playing drums in 1971 with a hard rock 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 eventually chosen candidate, Jerry Nolan. In 1973, Marky joined Estus and recorded an album named the same. Bandmates for Estus included Harry Rumpf and Tom and John Nicholas. In the mid 1970s, Bell joined Richard Hell & the Voidoids. He played on the Voidoid's first album, Blank Generation. In May 1978, Tommy Ramone asked Bell if he would join the Ramones; he accepted and was renamed Marky Ramone.
Marky Ramone was with the Ramones for the next five years. He starred in the movie Rock'N'Roll High School and recorded the Ramones' anthem, "I Wanna be Sedated." He also worked with legendary producer Phil Spector. After recording five albums with Dee Dee, Joey, and Johnny Ramone, Marky was asked to leave the band in February 1983 because of a drinking problem. He returned clean and sober in August 1987, and played 1700 shows and recorded 10 studio albums with the band up until their retirement in August 1996.
In 1996, Marky Ramone joined Dee Dee to form the Ramainz, performing Ramones songs.
In 1997 and 1999 Marky recorded two albums with his solo band Marky Ramone & the Intruders. In 2001, he was presented with a lifetime achievement award from MTV by U2 singer Bono. In September 2004, Ramone 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 Ramone entire catalog, the other being the greatest hits double LP Ramones Mania, released in 1988. Ramones: Raw is also the highest charting release in Ramones history.
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.
Ramone also played Rock in Rio, on September 14, 2013.
Marky Ramone continues to tour the world.
- In 1993, Marky Ramone appeared with the Ramones in the episode "Rosebud" of The Simpsons.
- In October 2001, Marky appeared on MTV accepting his lifetime achievement award presented by Bono of U2.
- Ramone 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).
- In 2009 he teamed up with Tommy Hilfiger's, Hilfiger Denim to launch his own clothing line consisting of leather jackets, jeans, and T-shirts, and his own beer line.
- He also has his own line of pasta sauce, "Marky Ramone's Brooklyn's Own Pasta Sauce."
In 2015 Marky released his autobiography Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life As a Ramone.
- Marky Ramone's hand prints are on the Hollywood Rock Walk.
- In March 2002, Marky Ramone was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, at New York's Waldorf Astoria as a Ramone
- Marky Ramone is the only living Ramone who won the lifetime achievement award from the Grammy Awards for 2011.
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 soundtrack
- 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 – I Wanna Be Sedated
- 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)
- 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 (album)
- 2002 – Christmas Spirit... In My House (EP CD)
- 2001 – No If's, And's or But's (album)
- 2002 – Legends Bleed (album)
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)
With Brazilian bands (Special performances and recordings):
- 2001 - Éramos 4 (Raimundos & Marky Ramone) - live (CD)
- 2006 - "Marky Ramone & Tequila Baby Ao Vivo" - live (CD and DVD)
- 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)
- 2010 – Lemmy (Himself)
Marky Ramone produced, with Callicore Studio two animated videos, illustrating two songs from the Marky Ramone and The Intruders albums.
- 2015 – "I Wanna Win The Lottery"
- 2016 – "I Want My Beer"
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- 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.