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Heavy Load: Marky Ramone

Marky Ramone on school, cars, Dolls and cleaning toilets.

Former Richard Hell & The Voidoids drummer Marc Bell (AKA Marky Ramone) joined the Ramones following the departure of Tommy Erdelyi in 1978.

After five years, during which the band recorded the End Of The Century album with legendary revolver-wielding producer Phil Spector, and founding guitarist and vocalist Johnny and Joey embarked upon a bitter feud that endured for the rest of their lives, Marky left the band temporarily to dry out. Four years later he rejoined and remained for Da Bruddas’ final 1,700 shows prior to their retirement in 1996.  

What were you like at school?

Hyperactive. It was very hard for me to pay attention so I disrupted the class a lot. Not intentionally. I’d be banging on the desk, scraping the radiator with a pencil trying to come up with rhythms. The teacher thought I was doing it just to irritate her, and that’s why most of the time I was in the corner, facing the classroom wall. 

What’s your biggest regret?

Giving up bass lessons. I always felt the bass guitar player and drummer were such an integral part of any group that I wanted to learn more about the bass. So about five years ago I took bass lessons for about a month, but then I just stopped. 


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