There are only
two ways that real stars are to be seen: on stage and in the boudoir, there is no
in between. Lucky Lawler was lucky enough to be greeted at the door by Marky wearing
nothing but a black robe.
Marky's newest and most exciting
band: The Speed Kings!
Marky: Yeah. The Speed Kings! Did you hear the album? It's very rawkus, very
wild, very crazy, very strange subject matter.
M: When the Ramones broke up, I had songs written already that I didn't think
went along with the Ramones style, so I figured I save these songs to put out some
albums of my own. I just wanted to have some more albums out in the Ramones bins.
You know, I'd go the record store, it says Ramones, and I figured why not. Then I
got a record deal and I got them in there. I was happy just for that.
Then I toured. I really didn't want to, but I was asked to do it to promote these
two albums I put out. I did it for two and half years and that was enough and I had
a good time.
When Joey & Dee Dee died, especially Joey, at this time I was playing with the
Misfits, (I still am) but, I needed something to get me out of my depression. I knew
Joey was dying, but when I visited him in the hospital, it just kinda like... it
was the reality, and knowing that he wasn't going to be around for much longer, because
of the cancer. We always hoped for the best.
So these guys who I knew in Europe called me, the band was the Speed Kings. I knew
them from before and they asked me to play on their CD. They sent me their material
to see if I liked it and I did. So I went over there, recorded and this is the result.
Did you write any songs on it?
M: I wrote two songs on it. I didn't really have time to do anything more,
and most of the songs were written already.
How long have you been with them.
M: I play on and off with them in Europe. I guess about a year.
I've just been reading about your gigs in Europe, they sound really great.
M: They've been insane, it never ends.
The French must really love you.
M: The French were great, the Italians, the Spanish, Scandinavia... It was
wonderful. And their condolences about Dee Dee and Joey I really appreciate. It was
really great to see that people felt that.
Marky is writing his autobiography. We are all looking forward to reading his
take on those great years. The whole Punk scene from '74 on.
M: It's about my friends who are still here and who aren't here, the whole
Starting out in the early '70s with a short burst with Wayne County and the BackstreetBoys
& two years with Richard Hell and the Voidoids, his musical influence is expansive.
He played on the Blank Generation album which was with the same record company
that the Ramones were on, so that's how they met. He joined the Ramones in '78. His
career also includes producing various albums.
You produced the first Bully's cd.
M: I was in the studio when they happened to be there and they asked me to
produce their album. I said let me hear what you got. I heard a demo and the lyrics
were great. It was very juvenile, which I liked, because it appealed, in my opinion,
to 15 to18 year olds. I gave them a raw sound and I liked it. Then, unfortunately,
John died recently in 9-11, the attack, and it's a shame that all this shit came
down. Besides Joey, him and Dee Dee I've been constantly barraged with people who
I knew dying. So, I did that album too. I liked the fact that he was a fireman and
in a band at the same time. That's another reason why I did it. I hope they continue
to go on, which I think they are.
Also, luckily, I did a live album in NY with Dee Dee Ramone two and half years ago.
It's all Ramones songs, he sings and plays guitar and that just came out about a
week ago on Sanctuary. The same company that Joey's solo album came out on that I
There's a lot of stuff going on, but the Speed Kings are more in tune with now. They
are very fast and they're rawkus.
It turned my head when I heard it. It was like, Yes! I love that sound, it's got
that pre-punk, early Motorhead, raw power.
M: Early Ramones, early Motorhead, there's a lot of combinations of things
in there. These guys are European. I always admired the European sense of musicianship,
because I always thought that... I mean, the Ramones started Punk and all that, I'm
not going to argue or debate that, the thing is that as a kid growing up I always
admired the European approach to music. Especially with great bands that were out
there, like the Who and the Kinks, the Beatles and the Stones even the Pistols first
album is excellent, stuff like that. I always admired that. When I went there to
play with the the Speed Kings I said, I don't think that they could do any wrong.
It was pretty cool to do that. The Speed Kings album is really the thing that I am
proud of. Very fast, very rawkus, very energetic. The subject matter is pretty funny.
And that's it. You know, I'm doing it because I enjoy it and that's what comes first.
Just recently, I just finished the Misfits oldies album. They're coming out with
an oldies album of twelve songs, Ramones 'Misfits' style. That should be out in December.
You are talking about CDs covering the Ramones and things like that.
M: Oh, god. There's been so many cover bands doing Ramones songs, but the
one that I heard that I really am embarrassed about is this one coming out... I have
a right to express my opinion... You have all these bands on there like Marilyn Manson,
Rob Zombie, Metalicca. And we never liked these groups and a lot of their fans don't
like the Ramones and a lot of Ramones fans don't like them. It's all a business ploy
by the company to put it out and make money.
What about that one done by Radical Records, the international Ramones Forever,
did you hear that one.
M: That one's good and I like Gabba Gabba Hey.
It's great, they've taken your songs, but they are really doing it in their own
way, their own interpretation rather than copy.
M: Exactly, that's cool. But I could see through the other one, it's so phony.
I mean, the Ramones stand to make dollars on it's release, but money isn't everything
and I told the fans on the official Ramones website to buy something else, because
I heard it and I thought it was really... bad. Everything else is great. You see
these bands and they have all these samples and they have all this trickery and that's
what it's not about. The only good thing on that album is Rancid and Motorhead. Two
songs and that's it! Everything else I heard I just... they raped the song! That's
just my opinion. It's up to the individual to decide what they think of it.
He has just
come home after touring with the Speed Kings for a over a year in Europe and with
three days rest, Marky is going on tour for thirty days with the Misfits.
The Speed Kings hit the US on December 27th. Watch out for 'em.
M: I'd rather do nothing
if I don't enjoy it, but if I enjoy it, it comes first.
Wayne County and the BackstreetBoys,
Marky Ramone and the Intruders.
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