by the german official
and LOUDMOUTH!-the official Fanzine for the Ramones’ 20th Anniversary (released
September 9, 1994).
Remember, it was back in
1993 and 1994, yes, unbelievable, in a time without the internet. In a time
when people communicated via letters… we tried to reach as many people as were
possible, giving flyers around especially on Ramones-shows all over the world,
pleasing people to share them on. People had to fill out the questionnaires by
hand, and put them in an envelope to send it to us, paying money for this… what
an old-fashioned way of life… only around 200 came back to us even we
sended a lot lot more around. People been lazy, but… anyway… it worked... a
bit. This was a first ever thing like this.
From the participants is
known that 79% were male, and that they were 26,7 years old in average. They
came from 14 countries, most in Europe, but also USA, Canada and South America.
Non asians and non oceanians (Australia/New Zealand) were involved (as Ramones
did not tour that part of the world in this months no flyer could have been
spread there, and also the Ramones-community was not networked like it is
The participants' favourite
bands/musicians of all times were (in this order): 1.Ramones- 2.Sex
Pistols- 3.The Damned- 4.The Clash- 5.Dead Kennedys- 6.Iggy Pop- 7.The Beatles-
8.The Beach Boys- 9.The Who- 10.The Misfits.
Around 30% of the participants were playing in a band, and only one band
of this were not covering a song by Ramones.
Participants said that the
most missed questions were the one about their favorite line-up of
Ramones (the former one would have won) and about the most boring albumcover
(„Brain Drain“ would have won).
Asked about their first impression about the band, they answered
(examples): „Nice haircuts“, „Rock and Roll!!!“, „Ugly people“, „Unbelievable“,
„That’s it“ and „Good looking guys“.
To the participants the most important about Ramones were (in
this order): the music, the liveshows, the guys themselves, the lyrics, the
lifestyle, the records and „their brilliant simplicity“.
The most named band, of
which Ramones should have made a coversong of, were The Beatles
33,8% knew the „GabbaGabbaHey!“-Tributealbum (the best known back then)
and heard it- 3,2% said they did not heard about it- 26,1% said they knew about
but haven’t heard it then (the rest did not answer to the question). The people who
knew the songs voted best and worst the same one most: „Beat On
The Brat“ by Pigmy Love Circus.
Favourite albums (continental system, means: the 1 is the best
note, the 6 the worst)- the average voting:
1. Ramones 1,19
2. It’s alive 1,2
3. Rocket To Russia 1,31
4. Mondo Bizarro 1,5
5. Leave Home 1,53
6. Road To Ruin 1,56
7. Too Tough To Die 1,8
8. Ramones Mania 1,89
9. Animal Boy 2,05
10. Halfway To Sanity 2,08
11. Brain Drain 2,29
12. Pleasant Dreams 2,34
13. End Of The Century 2,42
14. Subterranean Jungle 2,5
15. Loco Live 2,53
2. Road To Ruin
3. Too Tough To Die
4. Rocket To Russia
5. Acid Eaters
6, Mondo Bizarro
7. End Of The Century
8. It’t Aluve
9. Leave Home
10. Halfway To Sanity
Blitzkrieg Bop, the first songs in the set (before Ramones took off the
Most missed livesongs:
Carbona Not Glue, Here Today Gone Tomorrow, I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend,
She Belongs To Me, I Won’t Let It Happen, Questioningly
Most important at a liveshow:
1. The Sound
2. The Speed
3. The Loudness
4. The Lightshow
„Joey’s voice“, „Drinking“, „…that I always miss the scene when they took off
„The feelings inside of me“, „Being close to the band“
Many people said, the
band should vary their liveset more.
The best happened to you at a show:
„I met my future wife“
„I lost and found 20 pounds at the same show“
„I was elboing a poser and found out it was my best friend“
„Seeing CJay in the audience before the show without being noticed“
„I met the band after a show“
The worst happened to you at a liveshow:
„Alsdorf 1992“ -Review follows in the blog)!
„That the shows are all too short“
„I missed the train back home and was waiting eight hours for the next one- in
„Only alcohol-free drinks at the bar“
The ultimate ramonic phrase to the participants was Too Tough To
1. Too Tough To Die
2. Road To Ruin
3. Rocket To Russia
4. Mondo Bizarro
5. Halfway To Sanity
1. Psycho Therapy
2. I Wanna Live
3. Pet Sematary
4. Something To Believe In
5. I Wanna Be Sedated 1988
Q- Should the band have more commercial success?
A- Yes (91%*)
Q- Would it
A- No (86% of *)
Nearly everyone who
said „no more commercial success for the band“, said it because they were
afraid of this would change the band.
Bonzo Goes To Bitburg, Teenage Lobotomy, Commando, 7-11,
The KKK Took My Baby Away
1. Bonzo Goes To Bitburg
2. Blitzkrieg Bop
3. Sheena Is A Punk Rocker
4. Rockaway Beach
5. Howling At The Moon/Chasing The Night
for new Ramones-albumtitles included:
„Destination Destruction“, „Grave Escapers“.
„Geekamania“, „More Songs About Love And Intoxication“,
„Born To Loose, Live To Win“, „Pizza Patrol“
but topped by
„Condemned To Live“, which in reality was in talks as title instead of
Most popular Filmgenre:
Favourite kind of
Fiction, Bukowski, Historical, Biographies
Fans’ famous last
„The one’s I’m gonna tell you the other day“
„Bla bla bla“
„Sorry if you can’t read my writing, I’m drunk…“- in fact that were the only
on that questionnaire that we could have read at all!
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