We finally got our hands on Commando: The Autobiography of Johnny Ramone and can’t get over how funny this is:
When I had chemo, I was sick, and I couldn’t tell if it was from the chemo or the cancer. My hair fell out three weeks after the first treatment, in two days, in huge clumps. I mean, I know it’s just hair, but it was devastating. I got a wig made that cost four thousand dollars. I wore it one time, to the premiere of Rob Zombie’s movie, and I felt ridiculous. No one could tell, but I felt that someone might be able to. I gave it to Eddie Vedder; he likes that stuff. One night he was hanging out with Theo Epstein. He called me the next day and said, “I was drunk last night and took photos with the wig on.” He sent them to me and they were hysterical. Eddie and Theo, drinking and wearing the wig. The photos were worth the four grand.”
Eddie Vedder and Theo Epstein Photo Credit: MTV Hive
On the balmy night of December 6, 1977, Sire Records co-founder Seymour Stein stood outside of CBGB’s chatting with Patti Smith Group’s guitarist, Lenny Kaye, when he heard the opening chords of a tune that absolutely “riveted” him. Stein quickly shuffled inside to check out The Ramones’ opening act, a then unknown band that referred to themselves as Talking Heads. Thanks to the restoration magicians over at NPR, the endearingly sloppy, acoustically driven performance of “Psycho Killer” that was captured on film that night was released last week to promote the band’s new music documentary, Chronology.
If you listen closely, you just might hear the click of a ballpoint pen as Stein feverishly scrawled out a draft of the contract that welcomed
Talking Heads to Sire Records.