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Whippet out – The Ramonas, Glasgow ABC2

Our intrepid punk preacher Howlin Whippet hits town in search of thrills and finds them in the form of the world’s only all-girl Ramones tribute band.

I still, to this day, find it amazing that people exist who don’t unconditionally love The Ramones.

They epitomise everything that’s good about music. 2 minute songs, great melodies, energy, stupidity, dumb lyrics, leather jackets and sneakers, ripped levis. What’s not to like?

I’m curious to find out what spin an all-female tribute band put on them. So, welcome, Ronny,Chloe, Pee Pee and Margy.Well, I’m glad to say, other than The Ramonas being English, mid-20’s and good-looking, they’re entirely authentic. It’s difficult, believe it or not, to be as tight as The Ramones were. Those chord changes were at 100mph and just watch Tommy’s hi-hat hand in any old videos. None of yer old four to the bar there.

The Ramonas make a pretty close attempt. Close your eyes and it sounds like “It’s Alive”. It makes me smile to hear Dee Dee/Pee Pee shout “WanChewFreeFaw” in a yelpy girl voice.

The audience is a strange mix of men of vintage (ahem…) and sort of Riot Grrrl types.  Everyone around me is grinning broadly as the “hits” keep coming. Most of the set is drawn from the first three Ramones albums and it’s funny to see four girls blasting out Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World , (“I’m a Nazi, schatzi I’m a Nazi yes I am”).

Set closer, as expected is Blitzkreig Bop. Cue mosh pit. Quick break, (the wee drummer looks like she’s gonna expire) and back to business with Pinhead. Gabba Gabba Hey indeed. Recommended highly.

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One Response

  1. Imagine not loving The Ramones.

    Dear God.

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