Saturday, 12 July 2014
Ramones - I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend
R.I.P. Tommy Ramone. The last of the gang to die.
Born in Budapest, Hungary, on Jan 29 1949 to Jewish parents, Erdelyi Tamas moved to Forest Hills (New York) at a young age and became known as Thomas Erdelyi. Originally the manager of newly formed band The Ramones he soon took over drumming duties, replacing Joey Ramone who became lead singer. With the new name Tommy Ramone he produced the bands' first 3 classic albums as well as the live It's Alive. Replaced as drummer in 1978 by Marky Ramone, he reverted back to managing the band as well as co-producing album number 4 (Road To Ruin) and then later producing return to form disc Too Tough To Die. Aged 65, he passed away on July 11, 2014 after a battle with bile duct cancer. Responsible for the sound of the best Ramones albums, he was extremely influential in the early days of the burgeoning punk movement and will be missed. There's a great interview with him here ( http://www.markprindle.com/erdelyi-i.htm ). Featuring on The Ramones debut album and released as a single in 1976, this is a song that Tommy wrote called I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend......