Gimme more: The Ramores.

Can you smell that? It’s October. The month of goblins, tiny chocolate bars, illegal fireworks, missing fingers, fake blood and stupid kids demanding candy because they are wearing a stupid piece of cardboard on their stupid face with two stupid eyeholes cut out of it. And what would October be without the punk rock cover band? They surface every year around this time, put on a costume and pretend to be someone else, just like those stupid little kids. The only difference? These bags of bones are much more talented than the greedy grub standing at your front door waiting for a handout.

My interviewee is none other than Joey Ramore, lead vocalist of The Ramores: the finest Ramones tribute band around. But because that doesn’t pay the bills, The Ramores occasionally have been known to dress up in black denim and perform original songs as The Jolts.  

dm: How did you come up with the name The Ramores?

Joey Ramore: It was a running joke between Ricky (original guitar player) and I before we started the band. It was supposed to look like a typo…and it looks really great in the Ramones font.

dm: Are there many groupies in the world of punk rock cover bands?

Joey: Not really. Just girls that dress up and pretend to be groupies.

dm: What do you do to mentally prepare yourself for the transformation to Joey Ramore?

Joey: There’s not really any mental preparation. I feel really awkward until I walk out on stage. Then I’m in a sorta trance and I try not to think. I almost have no recollection of ever appearing on stage.

dm: What do you do to physically prepare yourself for the transformation to Joey Ramore?

Joey: Eat pizza.

dm: Now that all the founding members of The Ramones are dead have you ever thought of doing a Zombie Ramones Tribute?

Joey: Although we do like zombies, we would never cater to the audience by doing what is “popular”. And Tommy Ramone is doing fine the last I heard. 

dm: Do you know any random facts about The Ramones that might surprise some people?

Joey: I heard they weren’t really brothers, but I don’t believe it.

The Ramores hit The Rickshaw Theatre Oct. 29th playing alongside 12 other acts! 13 bands, 13 bux, 13 minute sets!

And if 13 minutes of The Ramores just isn't enough for you, you can also check them out the next night, Saturday Oct 30th, at Funky Winkerbeans. Joining them will be tributes to Motorhead, MC5 and The Kids. Both shows will be dazzling displays of punk rock. 


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