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Morrissey’s Complicated Relationship with The Ramones.

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.

The Ramones, with a skip ready to use, at a derelict site in 1970s New York. Note the CBGB's van too.

The Ramones oblige with a skip in 1970s New York. Note the CBGB’s van too.

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):

Morrisey's letter about the Ramones gig published in UK's Melody Maker.

Morrisey’s letter about the Ramones gig published in UK’s Melody Maker.

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.”.

Catty: Morrissey shared a love of cats with now-deceased Joey Ramone.

Catty: Morrissey shared a love of cats with now-deceased Joey Ramone.

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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