Dee Dee Ramone Is Great — Reason #001

Filed under:Dee Dee Ramone — posted by Jasper on 2010/05/05 @ 11:19 PM

Dee Dee King - Standing In The Spotlight (1989)
Dee Dee Ramone is my one of my biggest Rock n Roll idols. There will never be another like him. He was the primary songwriter for The Ramones (The Greatest American Rock N Roll Band History) and wrote songs for them to record even after he left the group.

Before I write an essay on everything that makes Dee Dee great, I’ll get to the point of today’s thought that I’d like to share.

The Ramones spent most of their career in the 80s as a dysfunctional family. Personal differences didn’t stop them from touring though.

Dee Dee battled with sobriety throughout his entire Rock n Roll career and decided that being on tour wasn’t helping him stay sober.

He left The Ramones in 1989 to pursue a solo career as a rapper known as “Dee Dee King”. He wrote and released a record titled “Standing in The Spotlight”, which features a mixture of hip hop and rock songs. This record is hard to find and it’s pretty underrated in my opinion.

I have included 2 songs from the record in this post. “The Crusher”, which ended up later on a Ramones record and “2 Much 2 Drink”, which is a rap jam.

My good friend, Michael Butler, who hosts “The Rock n Roll Geek Show” podcast dedicated an entire episode to this record. It’s a great listen. You can find it HERE.

Enjoy The Jams and Be Well, Friends — Jasper

icon for podpress  The Crusher [3:30m]: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download

icon for podpress  2 Much 2 Drink [3:36m]: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download

image: detail of installation by Bronwyn Lace