Marc Steven Bell (born July 15, 1952), known professionally as Marky Ramone, is an American musician. He was the drummer of the punk rock band the Ramones, from May 1978 until February 1983, and August 1987 until August 1996. He has also played in other notable bands, Dust, Estus, Richard Hell and the Voidoids and Misfits.
Marky Ramone at Marseille
|Birth name||Marc Steven Bell|
|Born||July 15, 1952|
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
|Genres||Punk rock, heavy metal, hard rock|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, songwriter, DJ, Actor|
|Labels||Sire, Warner Music Group, EMI, Rhino|
|Associated acts||Ramones, Marky Ramone and the Intruders, Misfits, Dust, Estus, Richard Hell and the Voidoids, Michale Graves, Teenage Head, Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg, Osaka Popstar|
In 2015 Marky released his autobiography Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life as a Ramone.
According to his autobiography, he and his twin brother Fred were born at New York Infirmary Hospital on July 15, 1952 and is of Dutch ancestry on his father's side and of French and German ancestry on his mother's side. .
Bell began playing drums in 1971 with the hard rock band Dust, featuring Kenny Aaronson on bass and Richie Wise on guitar, and produced by Kenny Kerner. Bell recorded two albums with the band, before getting into the punk scene. In late 1972, following the death of the New York Dolls' original drummer Billy Murcia, Bell was the only seriously considered alternative to the eventually chosen Jerry Nolan. "Jerry and I knew each other," he said. "When Billy died, I went down to the loft where the Dolls were auditioning… I could do different time signatures, different accents, and I basically overplayed it – put in all these drum fills that weren't necessary. And Jerry just kept the beat straight. So Jerry got it and I didn't."
In 1973, Marky joined Estus and recorded an album of the same name, produced by The Rolling Stones' first producer, Andrew Loog Oldham. Bandmates for Estus included Harry Rumpf and Tom and John Nicholas. In the mid-1970s, Bell joined Richard Hell and the Voidoids and played on their first album, Blank Generation. In May 1978, Tommy Ramone asked Bell to join the Ramones; he accepted and was renamed Marky Ramone.
Marky was with the Ramones for the next five years. He starred in the movie Rock 'n' Roll High School, recorded the anthem, "I Wanna be Sedated", and worked with legendary producer Phil Spector. After five albums with Dee Dee, Joey, and Johnny Ramone, Marky was asked to leave the band in February 1983 because of a drinking problem. He was replaced by Richie Ramone who was himself replaced four years later by Clem Burke of Blondie, who was asked to leave only after two shows. Marky returned clean and sober in August 1987, and played 1700 shows and recorded 10 studio albums with the band until their retirement in August 1996.
In 1996, Marky joined Dee Dee Ramone to form the Ramainz, performing Ramones songs.
In 1997 and 1999 Marky recorded two albums with his solo band Marky Ramone & the Intruders. In 2001, he was presented with a lifetime achievement award from MTV by U2 singer Bono. In September 2004, Ramone served as Executive Producer and released a Ramones DVD entitled Ramones: Raw on Image Entertainment, which featured footage of the band while on tour all over the world along with other various rare, vintage footage. Much of the candid footage is courtesy of Marky Ramone's personal video library. Ramones: Raw is the only certified Gold selling Ramones DVD and one of only two US gold selling releases in the Ramone entire catalog, the other being the greatest hits double LP Ramones Mania, released in 1988. Ramones: Raw is also the highest charting release in Ramones history.
On April 22, 2008, Marky Ramone appeared on a new CD in Canada playing drums with the Canadian punk band called Teenage Head. The CD is called Teenage Head with Marky Ramone and it was released in the USA on June 10, 2008.
Ramone also played Rock in Rio, on September 14, 2013.
Marky Ramone continues to tour the world.
Since 2005, he has hosted the show Punk Rock Blitzkrieg on Sirius XM. The show was originally aired on Faction (formerly Channel 41), but has since been moved to 1st Wave (Channel 33) following the launch of Turbo on Channel 41 and the relocation of Faction to Channel 314 as an Xtra Channel. The show has been renamed to Marky Ramone's 1st Wave Blitzkrieg. In April 2018, Marky Ramone's Punk Rock Blitzkrieg launched as a 24/7 channel (Channel 712) available online only for Sirius XM subscribers. The channel features previously aired recordings of Marky Ramone's 1st Wave Blitzkrieg.
- In 1993, Marky Ramone appeared with the Ramones in the episode "Rosebud" of The Simpsons.
- In October 2001, Marky appeared on MTV accepting his lifetime achievement award presented by Bono of U2.
- Ramone appeared on Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations twice. On the 2007 Cleveland episode, he ate with Bourdain at the Michael Symon restaurant Lola and also toured the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Bourdain said Bell approved of the Ramones exhibit. On the 2010 "No Reservations Holiday Special," the two gather around a table and discuss what they want from Santa Claus (he wanted a hard-to-get Italian sports car).
- In 2017 Ramone voiced a cartoon version of himself For Cartoon Network's Series Uncle Grandpa on the season 5 episode "Late Night Good Morning with Uncle Grandpa"
- In 2017 Ramone appeared on the AMC show Comic Book Men where he showed a piece of art he had created: a toy robot composed of old cell-phones.
- In 2009 he teamed up with Tommy Hilfiger's, Hilfiger Denim to launch his own clothing line consisting of leather jackets, jeans, and T-shirts, and his own beer line.
- He also has his own line of pasta sauce, "Marky Ramone's Brooklyn's Own Pasta Sauce."
In 2015 Marky released his autobiography Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life As a Ramone.
The following is a list of albums and singles Marky Ramone has played on.
- 1973 – Estus
With The Voidoids:
- 1976 – "Another World" (single)
- 1977 – "Blank Generation" (single)
- 1977 – Blank Generation (album)
With the Ramones:
- 1978 – Road to Ruin
- 1979 – Rock 'n' Roll High School soundtrack
- 1980 – End of the Century
- 1981 – Pleasant Dreams
- 1983 – Subterranean Jungle
- 1988 – Ramones Mania (compilation)
- 1989 – Brain Drain
- 1991 – All the Stuff (And More!) Volume 2 (compilation)
- 1991 – Loco Live [EU Version] (Live)
- 1992 – Loco Live [US Version] (Live)
- 1992 – Mondo Bizarro
- 1993 – Acid Eaters
- 1995 – ¡Adios Amigos!
- 1996 – Greatest Hits Live (Live)
- 1997 – We're Outta Here! (Live)
- 1999 – Hey Ho! Let's Go: The Anthology (compilation)
- 2002 – Loud, Fast Ramones: Their Toughest Hits (compilation)
- 2005 – Weird Tales of the Ramones (compilation)
- 1978 – "I Wanna Be Sedated"
- 1978 – "Needles and Pins" (1978)
- 1979 – "She's the One" (1979)
- 1979 – "Rock 'n' Roll High School" (1979)
- 1980 – "Baby, I Love You" (1980)
- 1980 – "Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio?" (1980)
- 1981 – "We Want the Airwaves" (1981)
- 1981 – "She's a Sensation" (1981)
- 1983 – "Psycho Therapy" (1983)
- 1983 – "Time Has Come Today" (1983)
- 1989 – "Pet Sematary" (1989)
- 1989 – "I Believe in Miracles" (1989)
- 1992 – "Poison Heart" (1992)
- 1992 – "Strength to Endure" (1992)
- 1993 – "Touring" (1993)
- 1993 – "Journey to the Center of the Mind" (1993)
- 1993 – "Substitute" (1993)
- 1994 – "7 and 7 Is" (1994)
- 1995 – "I Don't Want to Grow Up" (1995)
- 1996 – "R.A.M.O.N.E.S." (1996)
- 1994 – "Coward with the Gun" (single)
- 1996 – Marky Ramone & The Intruders
- 1999 – The Answer To Your Problems?
- 2006 – Start of the Century (disc 1)
With Dee Dee Ramone:
- 1989 – Standing in the Spotlight (album)
- 1997 – "I Am Seeing U.F.O's" (single)
- 1997 – Zonked/Ain't It Fun (album)
With The Ramainz:
- 1999 – Live in N.Y.C. (live album)
With Joey Ramone:
- 2001 – "Merry Christmas (I Don't Want to Fight Tonight)" (single)
- 2002 – "What a Wonderful World" (single)
- 2002 – Don't Worry (album)
- 2002 – Christmas Spirit... In My House (EP CD)
- 2001 – No If's, And's or But's (album)
- 2002 – Legends Bleed (album)
- 2003 - Project 1950
With Cherie Currie:
- 2007– Cherry Bomb
- 2006 – Start of the Century (disc two, live performances)
With Teenage Head:
- 2008 – Teenage Head with Marky Ramone
- 2008 – "Stop Thinking" (single)
With Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg:
- 2010 – "When We Were Angels" (single)
- 2011 – "If and When" (single)
- 1979 – Rock 'n' Roll High School (Himself)
- 1980 – Blank Generation (Member of the Voidoids)
- 1993 – Ramones – Around the World (Himself, director, producer)
- 1994 – Space Ghost Coast to Coast (Himself)
- 1997 – We're Outta Here! (Himself)
- 2002 – The Brooklyn Boys (Tommy)
- 2003 – End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones (Himself)
- 2004 – Ramones: Raw (Himself)
- 2010 – Lemmy (Himself)
- 2017 – Uncle Grandpa Voice Role (Himself)
Marky Ramone produced, with Callicore Studio two animated videos, illustrating two songs from the Marky Ramone and The Intruders albums.
- 2015 – "I Wanna Win The Lottery"
- 2016 – "I Want My Beer"
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- The South American version of The Answer To Your Problems? was titled Don't Blame Me.
- The United States version of Zonked was titled Ain't It Fun.
- Legends Bleed is the United States title for No If's, And's or But's.