Morrissey’s Complicated Relationship with The Ramones.
Above Photo: Punk Tempus Fugit. Morrissey wears two watches at Johhny Ramone’s graveside.
The irony of Morrissey having curated a Ramones album after Tommy Ramone died in 2014 was not lost on Punk archivists in the UK.
Someone ferreted out a letter Morrissey had written about a Ramones gig he’d attended in Manchester and which was published in the Melody Maker way back in July 1976, when he was a mere seventeen years old.
Titled “The Ramones Are Rubbish” his letter went on to say that the Ramones were “a bumptious band of degenerate no-talents”.
This is the letter in full (Click to enlarge):
Years later, Morrissey excused himself by saying:
“When I bought the Ramones first album on import, I was enraged with jealousy because I felt they had booted the New York Dolls off the map. I was 100% wrong. Three days after writing that Ramones piece, I realized that my love for the Ramones would out-live time itself. And it shall.”.
Although I really liked the Ramones in their early years, I know many in the UK who’d actually agree with Morrissey’s scathing review, then and now.
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