For Hayley... Elvis, Joey and Joe!
Hayley- Flicks Hayley
Freddy Mercury- De Cylinders Freddy Mercury 7"
Suzi Quatro- The Blondes The Blondes
Allison- Pixies Bossanova
Johnny's Gonna Die- The Replacements Sorry Ma, Forgot To Take Out The Trash
Geno- Dexys Midnight Runners Searching For The Young Soul Rebels
Arnaldo Said- Wondermints Bali
Patrick Stump- Candy Rose A Rollercoaster Love
^Buddy Holly- Weezer Weezer (The Blue Album)
Yo Yo Ma- The Bis-quits The Bis-quits
XTC vs. Adam Ant- They Might Be Giants Factory Showroom
*Elvis is Everywhere- Mojo Nixon and Skid Roper Bo-Day-Shus!
*Elvis Is Dead- Forgotten Rebels In Love With The System
*Bastard Son Of Elvis- Denzil Pub
*We're So Glad Elvis Is Dead- Tits Daddy is my pusher/ We're so glad Elvis is dead 7"
*Velvet Elvis- Scott Davison Welcome To Comboland
Yoko Ono- Ben Lee Rebirth Of Venus
Bowie- Flight Of The Conchords Flight Of The Conchords
Song for Bob Dylan- David Bowie Hunky Dory
Axl Rose- Art Brut Top of the Pops
Amy Grant- The Young Fresh Fellows The Men Who Loved Music
Doc Pomus- Ben Folds and Nick Hornby Lonely Avenue
*Joey Ramone- Lifesavers Huntington Beach
*Dancing With Joey Ramone- The Dahlmanns The Dahlmanns
*You Can't Kill Joey Ramone- Sloppy Seconds Endless Bummer
*I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone- Sleater-Kinney Call the Doctor
>Roll Over Beethoven- Chuck Berry The Anthology
Shane MacGowan- Dipsomaniacs The Life You're Faking
Wilco the Song- Wilco Wilco (The Album)
Alex Chilton- The Replacements All for Nothing
Amy- Green Day ¡Dos!
^Power Pop Peak: #18 Billboard Hot 100 Airplay Chart 9/7/94
*SacroSet #1: Elvis Songs
*SacroSet #2: Joey Ramone Songs
>Power Pop Prototype: 1956
When my family first moved to Duxbury, MA in summer 1975 we did most of our shopping in Marshfield, the next town over. They had a Purity Supreme for groceries, Pharmacity for candy and for a year or so, Echoes, the record store where I bought Dark Side of The Moon and Foghat Live! (give me a break- like you were listening to the New York Dolls and Rocket from The Tombs when you were 11 years old!) There was a Levis store on the way into the shopping center that had a pair of huge jeans hung out front, and I mean 300 inch
|Elvis Presley 1935-1977|
|John Lennon 1940-1980|
|Johnny Thunders 1952-1991|
It wasn't until several years later I came to understand that the reaction most fans had to the deaths of Elvis Presley and John Lennon was not self-serving puffery, but actual grief. On April 15, 2001 Joey Ramone died of lymphoma in New York City. I had no idea he was even sick and the news hit me hard. This was a man I'd never met but who had an enormous influence on my life. It was even more devastating when his first solo album came out the following year. Not only does it lead off with a beautiful punk rock version of "What A Wonderful World," the record was titled Don't Worry About Me.
|Joey Ramone 1951-2001|
As unsettled as I was by Joey Ramone's death, it no doubt helped me deal with the devastating loss of my #1 all-time rock and roll hero the following year. I'd had several favorites growing up, including Elton John, Gene Simmons and Angus Young, but the guy who has meant the most to me over the years died on December 22, 2002.
|Joe Strummer 1952-2002|
Strummer's death in 2002 was a complete and utter shock- he was killed by an undiagnosed congenital heart defect. When I heard the news I felt like I had been kicked in the stomach and it wasn't just nostalgia for my youth. After a long running battle with his label, Epic Records, Strummer's self described musical "wilderness years" ended when he formed The Mescaleros who put out their first record Rock Art And The X-Ray Style in 1999, followed by Global a Go-Go in 2001. When Joe Strummer died he was once again doing what he loved- writing, recording and performing- and doing it very well.
Since we moved to Sonoma in the mid-1990's, Jaime and I don't get down to San Francisco for shows much. I am so glad we made an exception on October 20, 2001 because that night we got to see what would be Joe Strummer and The Mescaleros' final San Francisco performance at The Fillmore. It was an amazing show- the band was rocking and Joe seemed to be having a great time. They played a bunch of songs from the excellent Global a Go-Go, a few Clash songs ("Rudi Can't Fail," "Bankrobber") and several songs the band used to cover like "I Fought The Law" and "Police On My Back." The final encores were "London's Burning" and, completing the circle back to The Ramones, "Blitzkreig Bop"- what an awesome night that was!
Back in the late 80's I passed on a chance to see Roy Orbison play in Boston. The tickets were free- I was just "too tired" or some other lame excuse. Orbison died a few months later and I never got a chance to hear his tremendous voice live. Thank God I didn't make the same mistake the night Joe Strummer played The Fillmore!
Sorry, but links for this show have already been taken down. I'll re-post when they become available- you can always check the show facebook page.