Dee Dee Ramone
We’re playing at our level of ability.
It’s very hard to tour.
It’s very expensive to bring a band to New York.
Billboard called my solo album, ‘Standing In The Spotlight,’ a great party album and even said that my raps put the Beastie Boys to shame.
I loved rap, especially in the early days. But I wasn’t trying to shove it down anybody’s throats.
It was sad when Sid Vicious died… I was freaked out when Phil Lynott died from Thin Lizzy. I cried. It was too crazy.
No one in the group was really growing up besides me, which is pretty weird ’cause there was no one in that group more self-destructive than I was.
I was a big troublemaker in the group. I put them through a lot of pain, but as much as I gave to them, they gave right back to me.
I used to be a hairdresser.
I couldn’t do rap. I was trying. I don’t know how. I’m not good enough to know.
We didn’t do an American tour because it I know it wouldn’t go down well.
I didn’t have the confidence to leave the band because of a solo career, or anything like that. I just wanted to grow.
I started listening to and playing other music in the ’90s. It was after hearing other bands, like Bad Religion, cover Ramones songs that I started to like our songs again.
Ricky Nelson… I couldn’t believe it when he died. He was a great rock star.
Metallica – they’re so demonic, they’re crazy, I don’t know how they do it.