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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.

The Ramones’ Drummer Marky Ramone to Rock ‘The Ripple Effect’

Anyone with a taste for punk rock will want to be front and center this evening as BlogTalkRadio presents one of the legends of the art form.

Gabba Gabby Heyyyyy!

Marky: Gabba Gabba Heyyyyy!

At 10 p.m. ET, drummer Marky Ramone joins The Ripple Effect host Pope John the Enforcer and his sidekick, RacerX, as they flash back to punk’s heydays when The Ramones ruled the airwaves with hits like I Wanna Be Sedated and Rock ‘n’ Roll High School.

Marky (born Marc Steven Bell) will also share his memories of The Ramones’ three founding members – Dee Dee Ramone, Joey Ramone and Johnny Ramone – all of whom, sadly, passed away between 2002 and 2004.

In all, Marky – who joined the Brooklyn-bred rockers in 1978 as the replacement for original drummer Jeffrey Hyman – spent 14 years as a Ramone and recorded 10 albums with the band.

Among his high points with the band?

Starring in the 1979 cult flick Rock ‘n’ Roll High School.

Marky (right) joins band mates Johnny (center) and Dee Dee (left) during The Ramones’ 2002 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Marky (right) joins band mates Johnny (center) and Dee Dee (left) during The Ramones’ 2002 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Coming to you each week from Brentwood, Calif., The Ripple Effect features “the best music you’re not listening to, re- views of lost classics and ob- scure titles, un- heralded bands and new song- writers who de- serve greater attention.”

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