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Rewind: Ramones Drummer Recounts Convicted Killer Phil Spector’s Firearms Fix

Marky: No weapons wielded while laying tracks for 1980 album.

Marky: No weapons wielded while laying tracks for 1980 album.

Just hours ago, 18 months after his first murder trial ended in a dead- locked jury, Phil Spector was con- victed of fatally shooting acrtress Lana Clarkson.

Now the 69-year-old music impres- ario faces at least 18 years in prison.

Last December, Ramones drummer Marky Ramone recounted how, in 1979, he and his bandmates visited Phil at his home to discuss making an album that would become End of the Century.

“We went to L.A. We went into his mansion. He owned guns. He had a license – but he never pointed any- thing,” Marky told The Ripple Effect hosts Pope John the Enforcer and RacerX.

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Phil: Likely to live out rest of days behind bars.

“But there was another time where Dee Dee and Tommy [Ramone] and [tour manager] Monte [Melnick] went to his, ah, I think his house. And they said he pulled out a gun,” the punk-rocker continued.

“But when I was there in the studio, there were no guns.

“He wouldn’t pull out a gun because if it went off, it would kill one of us and then he wouldn’t have a band to produce!”

To hear Marky’s December 29, 2008 interview, click here.

It’s a Revealing Edition of ‘The Mix’!

How revealing, you ask?

Well, much as we’d like to answer that, we don’t want to reveal too much about the revelations – except to say they answer such all- important questions as:

“I had the opportunity to leave college early . . . like Charles Barkley and Michael Jordan,” Patrick Ewing (here in a pre-9/11 New York City) tells BlogTalkRadio.

“I had the opportunity to leave college early. . . like Charles Barkley and Michael Jordan,” Patrick Ewing (here in a pre-9/11 New York City) tells us.

—Did music producer Phil Spector – who was arrest- ed in 2003 for the fatal shooting of actress Lana Clarkson, only to be acquitt- ed four years later – brand- ish guns at The Ramones while he was recording End of the Century with the punk rockers in 1980?

—Why does “Snapple Lady” Wendy Kaufman “despise and detest the people” from confectionery powerhouse Cadbury?

—Who inspired NBA legend Patrick Ewing to finish all four year of his Georgetown education – rather than leave the university early to turn pro?

—At what age did formerly 500-pound actor Ron Lester lose his innocence – and to whom?

—What eyebrow-raising story about himself did Ernest Borgnine Google with intense interest this past summer?

So don’t miss The Mix, hosted by everyone’s favorite pod jockey, Shaun Daily, tonight – and every Monday – at 9 p.m. ET!

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Marky Ramone: Dee Dee Finally Got His Rolex—Then Dumped it for a Cassio!

It seems the late Dee Dee Ramone was an unpretentious punk rocker to the core – even at the height of his fame!

During an interview with The Ripple Effect hosts Pope John the Enforcer and RacerX, a listener in the chat room asked, “Did Dee Dee ever get his Rolex?”  (The question referred to a scene in the 2004 documentary Ramones: Raw, where the Ramones founder, who passed away in 2002, tries to buy a Rolex watch while on tour in the mid-’80s.)

Marky then launched into this ironic anecdote:

Dee Dee: Preferred cheaper time-keeper.

Dee Dee: Preferred cheaper time-keeper.

“Yea, [Dee Dee] did. Fact, he got it in, I think it was Spain. It was called the Sea Dweller [which cost about $3,000].

“Then a week later, he saw a $40 Cassio and he said, ‘I like that better than the Rolex.’ I go, ‘You wanna sell me yours?’ Then he said, ‘Yea. Here you go – six hundred dollars.’”

Marky also talks about recording The Ramones’ 1980 album End of the Century with legendary pro- ducer Phil Spector – who was arrested in 2003 for the fatal shooting actress Lana Clarkson, but acquitted four years later.

“We went to L.A. We went into his mansion. He owned guns. He had a license – but he never pointed anything,” says Marky.

“But there was another time where Dee Dee and Tommy [Ramone] and [tour manager] Monte [Melnick] went to his, ah, I think his house. And they said he pulled out a gun.

“But when I was there in the studio, there were no guns. He wouldn’t pull out a gun because if it went off, it would kill one of us and then he wouldn’t have a band to produce!”

Click here to hear Marky’s Ramone’s full interview.