Marky Ramone

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Marky Ramone
Marky Ramone Photo.jpg
Marky Ramone at Marseille
Background information
Birth name Marc Steven Bell
Born (1956-07-15) July 15, 1956 (age 59)
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, Dust, Richard Hell & the Voidoids, Michale Graves, Teenage Head,

Marky Ramone (born Marc Steven Bell on July 15, 1956; some sources cite 1957)[1] 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 Dust and Richard Hell & the Voidoids.

Bell'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.[2]

Musical career[edit]

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.[3][4] In the mid 1970s, Bell joined Richard Hell & the Voidoids. He played on the Voidoid's first album, Blank Generation. In May 1978, he joined the Ramones and was renamed Marky Ramone.

Marky Ramone was with the Ramones for the next five years. He 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 with the band up until their retirement in August 1996.[5]

In 1996, Marky Ramone joined Dee Dee to form the Ramainz, performing Ramones songs.

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

In 1997 and 1999 he recorded two albums with his solo band Marky Ramone & the Intruders In 2001, Marky Ramone was presented with a lifetime achievement award by U2 singer Bono from M.T.V. 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 the Ramones history.

On April 22, 2008, Ramone appeared on a new CD in Canada playing drums with the Canadian punk band called Teenage Head.[6] 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.

Ramone also played Rock in Rio, on September 14, 2013.

Marky Ramone continues to tour the world.

Radio career[edit]

Since 2005, he has hosted the show Punk Rock Blitzkrieg on Sirius XM.[7]

TV appearances[edit]

  • In 1993, Marky Ramone appeared with the Ramones in the episode "Rosebud" of The Simpsons.[8]
  • 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 Ramone 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).

Business ventures[edit]

  • In 2009 he teamed up with Tommy Hilfiger's, Hilfger 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."[9]


In 2015 Marky released his autobiography Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life As a Ramone.[2]


  • 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.

Marky Ramone has his own star named for him by his friend Lynne Cameron


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?[10]
  • 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)[11]

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)

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)[12]
  • 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'

With Cherie Currie:

  • 2007– Cherry Bomb


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

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)

With Brazilian bands (Special performances and recordings):

  • 2001 - "Eramos 4" (Raimundos & Marky Ramone) - live (CD)
  • 2002 - "Seja Com O Sol, Seja Com A Lua" (single for album "Punk Rock Até Os Ossos" - band: Tequila Baby) - studio (CD)
  • 2006 - "Tequila Baby e Marky Ramone Ao Vivo" (Tequila Baby & Marky Ramone) - live (CD and DVD)



  1. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "Marky Ramone: Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved July 27, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "marky ramona exclusive read an excerpt from punk rock blitzkrieg". Retrieved June 29, 2015. 
  3. ^ The New York Dolls: Too Much Too Soon, Nina Antonia, Omnibus Press 1998, 2003 edition, p69
  4. ^ "Cast and Crew: Marky Ramone". Retrieved March 8, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Marky Ramone". Retrieved 2006-09-01. 
  6. ^ "Features – Alternative Press". Retrieved 2014-07-13. 
  7. ^ "Marky Ramone hosts punk show on sirius radio". April 9, 2009. Retrieved 2015-06-29. 
  8. ^ "Marky Ramone". April 9, 2009. Retrieved 2014-07-13. 
  9. ^ "Marky Ramone". Marky Ramone. Retrieved 2014-07-13. 
  10. ^ The South American version of The Answer To Your Problems? was titled Don't Blame Me.
  11. ^ The United States version of Zonked was titled Ain't It Fun.
  12. ^ Legends Bleed is the United States title for No If's, And's or But's.

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