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Dee Dee Ramone

Dee Dee Ramone: Lobotomy: Surviving The RamonesLobotomy: Surviving The Ramones (2000)
Thunder's Mouth Press

Reviewer Rating: 4

Contributed by: JoKe2KStevie Saint Paul
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"If there is a logic to this life, then I'd like to know what it is. I'm at the Chelsea Hotel in New York City again. I've taken a lot of drugs in this hotel. Now I'm going to get off drugs in this hotel. Strange, isn't it? I'm going to send every shitty memory I have of this hotel straight.

    "If there is a logic to this life, then I'd like to know what it is. I'm at the Chelsea Hotel in New York City again. I've taken a lot of drugs in this hotel. Now I'm going to get off drugs in this hotel. Strange, isn't it?

    I'm going to send every shitty memory I have of this hotel straight back to hell. I start a fire on the rug and come at her from behind. I set light to her head with another match, then watch her burn. Then I feel normal again. So I start to relax and stare at an unplugged fan, trying to will it to spin. Don't fuck with me."

That lengthy harangue was an excerpt from the introduction of Dee Dee Ramone's autobiography, Lobotomy.

There are two people in this world that just befuddle me on how they're still alive : a.) my grandmother and b.) Dee Dee Ramone.

When I picked up this book a few months ago I didn't know what I was going to expect. Let's face it, it was written by a man that at one time has been a male prostitute and incessantly taken more drugs than Keith Richards and Lou Reed combined and is still breathing. To my surprise this book was a requiem for a lost soul and a diary of the life of the man who was the black sheep among a not so very happy family.

Believe it or not, Dee Dee was the Ramones. Joey and Dee Dee were the head songwriters, Johnny spent his days scowling around caring about nothing but baseball. According to Dee Dee, after the release of End Of The Century, the band began to fall apart beginning years of perpetual touring where not one band member would talk to one another.

    "It was a treadmill, going nowhere, and it was hell once I relialized it. I said to myself, ' I hate these people, I'm not growing, I'm not learning anything. This is an act.' "

While I slowly noticed Dee Dee wasn't William S. Burroughs or a James Peterson, I didn't give him any retribution for the bad writing and skipped straight into the tale. Reading druggie biographies are more interesting to me than let's say murder mysteries or romance novels because they always keep me on edge, educate me on the drugs I haven't done yet and I always know who the killer is.

My favorite tale du jour is Dee Dee's recount of Sid Vicious (who was a Dee Dee sycophant) shooting up uncooked speed with toilet water that had been adorned with such lovelies as puke, shit and urine.

    "Joey started drinking seriously. It seemed that as soon as I started to consider drinking, he started up. We'd have to go pick him up at bar called Paul's on 10th street and drag him into the recording studio. And he ws constantly yelling at me, ' I'm not afraid of you Dee Dee.' "

I read this fucking thing in one night. I'm a diehard Ramones fan and despite all the candy coated appearances on the radio and movies like Rock And Roll High School, the band wasn't laced with as much candor as people think. It sure wasn't the best book I ever get my hands on but it sure beats the hell out of Carl Ripken Jr.'s The Only Way I Know. It took me into a neverending void disguised as New York streets and a world laced with a sound that will obviously never be the same again. Go out and buy the gospel of Dee Dee. Everybody's doing it.


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waste_elite (June 22, 2002)

sad to see him go, joey and dee dee were the heart and soul of the ramones.

RIP buddy

Anonymous (January 1, 2002)

The Ramones were pretty damn good for their era. In 1974 there were no other punk bands in New York, and they couln't steal ideas from anyone. They're originals, one of the roots of punk rock, so please show them some respect everyone.

Anonymous (December 16, 2001)

They created the scene. That's good enough.

Anonymous (December 15, 2001)

Also, they have no clue what's going on in the scene? Who cares? They were around way before the fucking scene even existed.


Anonymous (December 15, 2001)

I never told you to like them, I never told you they had talent either for that matter. And I do have to agree on them milking the same song over and over, to some extent... I just happen to like that song. All I was saying is that you have to at least respect them for what they did for this form of music. They've infuenced thousands of bands, who themselves have gone on to infuence thousands more.


Anonymous (December 14, 2001)

Why you telling me to leave a site because I don't dig one fucking band. Sorry to burst your bubble but they didn't influence every single punk band out there. You like them, I don't. You think they have talent, I don't. I have tried to like them and I just can't. It's pretty simple. Stop being a fucking Music Nazi.
After reading any interview with any of the romones, I always realize that they have no concept of what is going on in the scene. They just sort of get by fucked up and clueless, milking the same fucking songs over and over.
Tell me why I should like them? (why do you think they are good?)

Anonymous (December 14, 2001)

Get off this site if you dont at least respect the Ramones. Where would this great music we call punk rock be without them? Every punk band was influenced by them. If not by them directly, by other bands who were influenced by them. Fuck off and die. Ramones rock.


Anonymous (December 13, 2001)

ROFL. Ramones fans are so retarded, just like the music. Cancer to you too kind sir.

Anonymous (December 13, 2001)

To the person that said they wish all the Ramones would die soon-put your adress down and believe me, the Ramones will out live you by a long time you complete peice of shit.

Anonymous (December 13, 2001)

It surprises me that any of the ramones can actually write. I hope the book is better than their music, as if that would be hard though.

jheisel (December 13, 2001)

haven't read this book, but i did read dee dee's "chelsea horror hotel". it was fucking awful.

Anonymous (December 12, 2001)

i will kill you. RAMONES RULE FUCKER!! good review too.- fathead

Anonymous (December 12, 2001)

the ramones suck my dirty shithole. I wish they would all die soon.

Anonymous (December 11, 2001)

I recommend this book for all ramones fans. at times it gets confusing and you don't know what the hell he's talking about. It really gives you some background into the greatest rock n roll band of all time

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