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Joey Ramone: Six rare videos
1. 'Best Song From a Movie' medley at the MTV Awards (1995)
Joey and friends mix up a clutch of their own tracks with a Ramones take on the nominations from that year's MTV Awards. Incredibly, that means Joey singing bits of Madonna's 'I'll Remember', Elton John's 'Can You Feel the Love Tonight' and Warren G and Nate Dogg's 'Regulate'.
2. 'Happy Birthday' on The Simpsons (1993)
From the Season Five episode 'Rosebud', an animated Ramones wish a Happy Birthday to Mr Montgomery Burns. The ultimate cartoon band as actual cartoons.
3.'Baby, I Love You' on Top of the Pops (1980)
Having appeared on the classic British show in 1978 to play 'Don't Come Close', the band returned two years later with a string section for Ronettes cover 'Baby, I Love You', a cut from the (unfairly maligned) Phil Spector-produced End of the Century. The TOTP2 captions helpfully tell us that this most un-Ramones of songs gave the band their only Top 20 UK hit (it peaked at number eight).
4. 'Pet Sematary' on The Late Show (1989)
Proof that despite some very hit and miss records in the '80s, the Ramones could always be trusted to chuck out a great single or two. Stephen King was a massive Ramones fan and name-checked them in many a novel. They returned the favour with the theme for the 1989 movie adaptation of his book Pet Sematary. Here's Joey, Johnny and David Letterman's house band playing the track on The Late Show.
5.'Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue'/ I Don't Wanna Go Down to the Basement'/ 'Judy Is a Punk' at CBGBs (1974)
Ramones gigs were all pretty much the same - "ONE-TWO-THREE-FOUR!" and then an hour or so of super-tight punk rock played at 100mph. But it wasn't always the case. This three-song set from the famous CBGBs in New York sees the band in their early days. Just finding their speed, the boys offer a ramshackle, garage backdrop to Joey's tentative mincing.
6. 'Blitzkrieg Bop' in Los Angeles (1996)
Recorded live at The Palace in Los Angeles, California on August 6, 1996, Joey and the boys played what was their 2,263rd and final concert. It was recorded and released on CD as We're Outta Here! - a messy explosion of 32 songs in just 64 minutes. Adios, amigo!
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