In a wonderful serendipity, since I just got off the phone with Classmates.com, I caught the last half-hour to forty-five minutes of the classic teen rocker flick, “Rock and Roll High School”, which features the Ramones, Warhol scenester Mary Woronov, and the inevitable Clint “Balok” Howard (hmm… The Howard family and Star Trek… haven’t I been here before?), Ron Howard’s I-think younger bro.
Ah, I love this movie. What luck! Shot at the height of the Ramones’ superpowers, the filmmakers made the nearly incredible decision to include nearly an entire albums’ worth of Ramones tunes in their entirety. The centerpiece of the film is a five-or-six song concert in which the songs are presented pretty much as is, live on stage.
]]>As is, that is, except for the subtitled lyrics to “Teenage Lobotomy”, presented presumably in the hopes of provoking a singalong. Oh, what a fine movie.
Ya know what? This country could learn a lot from the wholesome, all-American values presented in this picture, and we’d all benefit immensely if only more filmmakers would make totally idiotic bits of froth about teenagers and turn over half the movie to a great rock band like this. It’s like finding a diamond ring in a crackerjack box.
But I still ain’t gonna buy the posthumous Joey Ramone album.
Now, maybe one of the killer all-instrumental covers of Ramones songs played Ventures-style by the Ramonetures, that I’ll consider.
Did you know that the Ventures had a sponsorship arrangement with the legendary Mosrite guitar company?
And that the guitar wielded by Johnny Ramone in “RnRHS” is a Mosrite?
And that the Ramonetures‘ guest members, Billy Zoom and DJ Bonebrake, are also members of the other greatest rock band in America, X?
Now you do.