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|Thursday, September 16th, 2004|
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Johnny Ramone Dies at 55
Sep 16, 7:14 AM EST
The Associated Press
LOS ANGELES -- Johnny Ramone, guitarist and co-founder of the seminal punk band The Ramones that influenced a generation of rockers, has died. He was 55.
Ramone, who had been fighting a five-year battle with prostate cancer, died in his sleep Wednesday afternoon at his Los Angeles home surrounded by friends and family, said the band's longtime artistic director Arturo Vega.
"He was the guy with a strategy. He was the guy who not only looked after the band's interest but he also was their defender," Vega said in a telephone interview from New York.
Ramone, whose birth name is John Cummings, had been hospitalized in June at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
Johnny Ramone was one of the original members of the struggling Ramones, whose hit songs "I wanna be sedated" and "Blitzkrieg Bop," among others, earned them an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.
Johnny Ramone co-founded "The Ramones" in 1974 in New York along with singer Joey Ramone, bassist DeeDee Ramone and drummer Tommy Ramone, who is the only surviving member of the original band.
All four band members had different last names, but took the common name Ramone.
Joey Ramone, whose real name is Jeff Hyman, died in 2001 of lymphatic cancer. Dee Dee Ramone, whose real name is Douglas Colvin, died from a drug overdose in 2002.
Clad in leather jackets and long black mops of hair, the group started out in legendary New York clubs like CBGB and Max's Kansas City, where they blasted their rapid-fire songs.
Since its debut album in 1976, the band struggled for commercial success, but they left a formidable imprint on the rock genre. Though they never had a Top 40 song, the Ramones influenced scores of followers, including bands such as Green Day and Nirvana.
Even Bruce Springsteen was moved. After seeing the Ramones in Asbury Park, N.J., Springsteen wrote "Hungry Heart" for the band. His manager, however, swayed him to keep the song for himself and it became a hit single.
The band had encounters with other big names, including producer Phil Spector, who collaborated with the band in 1980. During the session, the late bassist Dee Dee Ramone said Spector pulled a gun on the band.
"The Ramones had it rough," said Vega, who's worked with the band for 30 years. "The band almost had to be protected from people who were taking advantage of them. There was never any money made."
Johnny Ramone changed that by demanding more money for performances, but still kept a close watch on the band's budget; Vega recalled how Johnny Ramone would insist that the band drive nonstop between Boston and New York for shows instead of spending the night in a hotel.
In addition to his financial conservatism, the guitarist was politically conservative — the late Ronald Reagan was Ramone's favorite president, Vega said.
Fans have remained loyal to the Ramones, and the Ramones over the years have been loyal to their fans. In 1979, while shooting scenes for the film "Rock 'n' Roll High School," the Ramones — ignoring the director's order — played a concert-length session for fans who had paid to be extras, Vega said.
"The Ramones never ever lost their image, their aura of being the ultimate underdog, the voice of the angry young man," Vega said.
A tribute concert and cancer research fund-raiser was held Sunday in Los Angeles to celebrate the band's 30th anniversary. It featured performances from Los Angeles punk band X, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Henry Rollins and others.
Along with his wife, Linda Cummings, Johnny Ramone was surrounded at his death by friends, including Pearl Jam rocker Eddie Vedder, singer Rob Zombie and others. Other friends who gathered at his Los Angeles home included Lisa Marie Presley, Pete Yorn, Vincent Gallo and Talia Shire.
He is survived by his wife and his mother, Estelle Cummings. He will be cremated during a private ceremony.
DAMN, THE QUESTION IS WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO NOW THAT YOU KNOW THIS? TELL SOMEONE OR BLOW IT OFF, MORE THAN LIKELY IF YOU READ MY LJ. YOU HAVE TO THANK THIS MAN, MORE THAN HALF OF THE MUSIC YOU LISTEN TO WAS INSPIRED MY THE RAMONES. JUST KEEP THAT IN MIND. Current Mood: confused
|Wednesday, September 15th, 2004|
damn why are these quizs always right, it got me right on the money. hahahah
|Monday, September 13th, 2004|
this quote makes so much sense. ive known it for along time now but, i have to share it with everyone, its how i feel and there words to live by. seriously.
"be who you are and say what you feel 'cuase people who mind dont matter, and the people who matter dont mind"
-Theodor Seuss Geisel (1904-91)
fuck you, fuck me and fuck everyone else.
-Miguel E. Soliz (1984-two mins, two years, shit who wants to live forever)
|Wednesday, September 1st, 2004|
cori-"at least you got it when it was clean"
thats so awesome
|Monday, August 30th, 2004|
|Sunday, August 29th, 2004|
I NOT GOING TO WIRTE MUCH, EXCEPT FOR THE PICTS
i took this pict while driving up to flagstaff, i driving and got a idea, i was "david you sick bastard" and then he turned to look and took the pict. it came out............SICK!!!!!!!!!!! ahhaah
katie wanting a pict of her and cami, ahhahaha, cami wanted me to delet this pict, but i dont know why hahahahha
DAVID IS A SICK BASTARD!!!
ahhahah, sick!!! well me and cami woke up early and decided to fuck with david. david slept in the living room and me and cami slept in the spare bedroom. soooooo... we grabbed these picts that james had in a box, it was a box of full of ugly peoples picts. so we grabbed a few adn put them next to his head. and then a book of naked statues, with tissue and MOTION lotion. then we put pizza on him. hahahha, you cant sleep in this apartment, if you do, its at your own risk. hahahahha
katie took this pict of herself, it came out aweasome. oh katie gave me adobe photoshop, for free. yeah. i got a new toy. she took this on teh way to locket meadow. which by the way is a gloriuos place of mountains and trees and fun.
damn i make ice tea look good. i wish i had it in a paper bag. that would be ghetto fabulious. you got to love mid 80's for high. man i wish i was there, i had the biggest koolaid smile on my face teh first two days.
james looks like a ewok from starwars. aahhahahha SICK!!
well, i had a great time and i seriously want to move there in 2 or 3 yrs. seriously. but i didnt get any picts of becca. next time RIGHT!!!! i wish i was there right now. i had a insane saturday night, if you want to know ask, otherwise you will never know. im not proud of it, but i can cross two things off, "before i die" list. well so much happedned up there, if you want to know ask. i picke up a new hobby though, hacky sack!!!! me and cami are going to have practice sessions so we can kick james and katies ass when we go back up. well thats it im tired.
|Thursday, August 26th, 2004|
finishing qoutes of the night
me "james, crack kills!!"
james "miguel, sniffing butt...........causes diseases"
|Wednesday, August 25th, 2004|
|LOOK AT MY HAND
i took off the bandages today, 14 stitches and it burns like someone is holding a lighter under my hand
|Tuesday, August 24th, 2004|
|i ripped open my hand
ok, well last light was a night to remember.....well for all who were there at the emergency room with me.....this is really hard to type with one hand, and my other hand feels like its on fire, seriously.
well ill type what really happened last night. instead of what i told my family, hahahahah. well the night started with me collin ryan an emily meeting at dukin donuts to surprise becca, thanks buds for showing up. but we walked to becas house to surprise her and we did!!!!!!! so we hung around and talked for abit, then proceeded to go to Taco Pepe at 930, and we got there and it was closed EARLY!!! that was upsetting.
so we went to go break into a golf course, we wanted to play golf. so amyway collin jumped over this fence, and i was going to hop over but the fence was high so i gave collin a boost up (he kneed me in the nose) ahahha, so when he was over ran gave me a hand over, i lost balance and snagged my hand on the fence and ripped it open. then i proceed to want to get out of there.collin told me to wash it in water, so i wasnt thinking right nd used the high pressure sprinkler. FIRST time in my life i ever really yelled from pain.
so thanks to speed racer aka becca we got to the emergency room safe and fast. thank you!!!!!! so on the way there i called my dad and him and steffy came down to the hospital. got there and had to wait in line, i was behind this fuckin drunk chick who jumped out a moving vehicle. she was f up. so after standing in line at the emergency room, i got my name written down. ahahh then i told everyone to go home. thanks becca for driving everyone. while in the waiting room, me and my dad were telling jokes, like now i cant use my good hand, WINK WINK ahahahahah. so james cami, and tony calls for the hell of it and they cam down to see me, but they dont make it there in time. thanks guys!!! but so they were going to stitched me up. the stitches didnt hurt, but the shots to numb my hand were brutal. ask my pop, i made his han turn purple, seriously. so it was sick they had to put the muscle and fat back in the hand to stitch it up. it took 10-15 stitches, it was so shitty. the numbing meds ore off before he finished the stitches, so i felt the last 4 very well. thet gave me meds and let me go. i got out of there around midnight, i was there for like 2hrs. i got meds, I GOT VICATN, i cant spell but you all know what im talking about.but im not taking it because i cant drive if i do. so i went to beccas house to pick up my car. and that was that.
thank everyone for your help
ps becca you wanted a surprise party, i delievered. i promised a night to remember, ill remember this night. aahahahah
ryan dont feel bad dude, its totally not your fault.
|Sunday, August 22nd, 2004|
im bored today, and if anyone wants to go see that white castle movie or the seth green camping movie,
give me a call. 480-201-7774 thats my cell.
i wish i was here. this was taken i payson, ahha, next weekend im going to flagstaff. yeah!!!!!!! im so freakin excited.
about five feet from where i took this pict, i pissed on my own leg
|Friday, August 20th, 2004|
|I LOVE HER
I LOVE MAYBALLENE, WORKED ON HER ASS ALL DAY YESTERDAY!!!! I HAD TO GO TO WALMART IN THE MORNING TO GET SO "THINGS" TO WORK ON HER FRONT SIDE, BUT HER FRONT SIDE WAS ALREADY SO SWEET, HER CURVES, HER MOAN WHEN I TOUCHED HER JUST RIGHT. WHEN I GOT HER GOING THERE WAS NO STOPING HER, SHE JUSTED WANTED TO GO AND GO AND GO!!! EVEN WHEN I WAS TIRED SHE GAVE ME THIS LOOK, IT WAS A LOOK THAT SAID FINISH ME OFF. I CARE ABOUT HER SO MUCH EVEN THOUGH SHE HAS ALOT OF JUNK IN HER TRUNK. I WANNA WAX HER ASS REAL SOON. EVERTIME I SEE HER I JUST WANNA POP HER HOOD, AND I DO, AND SHE LOVES IT WHEN I PLAY WITH HER VALVES, TWISTING THEM JUST RIGHT, REALLY PUTS A SMILE ON HER FACE. LASTNIGHT I TURNED HER ON IN THE PARKING GARAGE AT MILL AVE, AND IT WAS ON LIKE DONKEY KONG, WE SET OFF 3 CARS ALARMS.I TOLD HER TO KEEP IT DOWN BUT SHE WOULDNT, THEN THIS DUDE DROVE BY AND GAVE US A THUMBS UP, VERY TRUE STORY!!! SERIOUSLY. WELL GOTTA GO DRILL HER TRUNK.
YEAH I KNOW IM A SICK SICK BASTARD
|Sunday, August 15th, 2004|
no words really needed, good times, good times
great friends, great music, great times
first look at my new shirt
sick!!! BLING BLING
childeren of hell rocked it hard core
this is proof you dont need alot of members of bands to be freaking aweasome
i dont have anymore picts, the other didnt come out well
|Thursday, August 12th, 2004|
ALL YOU CHUMPS MISSED OUT ON MOTHER FREAKING BIG D AND THE KIDS TABLE!!!!!! LETS SEE, RECAP
-CAUGHT THE LAST FEW SONGS BY "WORKSHIRT WONDERS"
-MET SOME AWEASOME PEEPS
-HEARD "THE WIGGUMS" FIRST SHOW IN OVER A YEAR, THEY NEED WORK, BUT BRINGS BACK GOOD MEMORIES
-DANCED THE NIGHT AWAY
-SHOVED SOME KID WHO THOUGHT HE WAS BAD ASS
-WATCHED MY FRIEND JUMP ON SOME RANDOM KIDS BACK FOR FUN, THEN WATCHING HIM GET SLAMMED TO THE GROUND, AND THEN RUNNING OUT OF THE JOINT LAUGHING MY ASS OFF.
-GOT TO KNOW A AWEASOME KID
-CRUISED TO QT-THEY WERE OUT OF TEQUITOS-BITCHS!!!!!!!
-WENT TO RECAP THE NIGHT WITH MY BESTFRIEND WHO COULDNT GO, BECCA YOU SUCK!!!!
-OH YEAH, I SAW BIG D AND THE KIDS TABLE
well later all, im running on 4 1/2 hrs of sleep and... i need to get ready to go out!!! ahahhahah
ps. sorry i ripped your "-" thing ryan, its just so easy that way. ahahhahah
|Wednesday, August 4th, 2004|
|MAN OH MAN!!
OK FREAKIN AWEASOME LAST COUPLE OF DAYS, CHILLIN WITH FRIENDS, I GOT A NEW CAR, WENT TO THE BEST SHOW IVE BEEN TO ALL YEAR, OH DID I MENTION I GOT A NEW CAR.
were to begin!!! well monday, yeah, lets start with monday.
MONDAY: i got up and i had plans to look at a nova in east mesa, i wasnt expecting much. i sat around all morning trying not to be excited, i didnt want to get my hopes to high. SOOOO... I get a call around noon it was the dude pat (the guy who USED to own the nova) and anyway, he wants to know if i wanted to meet earlier. i agree and me and my dad go to the dudes house, to check out his ride. we pull up and there it is one of the most beautiful cars i ever seen in my life!!! long story short, the cars excellent, new motor, new transmission, both with under 3000 miles on them. body is straight (except for the bullet hole in the side, which i found later) needs interior work. oh yeah, NO A/C. so i b/s the dude about there not being any a/c. so i get the guy from 3500 to 3000. yeah i know im badass. SO I BOUGHT THE CAR!!!!!!!!
it has power steering, power brakes, and the most aweasome CB radio, that works, how aweasome is that.
TUESDAY: another aweasome day. well i get up at 6:45 am to take my car to the shop (change out the mastercylinder) they order the part and it wont be there till 10:30 and so i go home and becca meets at my house to bake cupcakes and we do. it was fun, chocolate frosting fight, well i nailed her but she got me back later. so anyway we finish and then pick up my car, but now to beccas revenge, she stopped hard in her car, and the cupcakes fell on my lap. GRRRRRRRR. so i licked my shirt clean. anyway we deliver cup cakes to emily, ryan and ate pizza with him, then to shannons, to beccas friend, i forgot her name, and then to nikkis, and davids. GREAT TIMES. came back to my house and vegged for like a hr. before we left for the show. AHHHHHH, THE SHOW............. great music, great people, great times. recaping the nights events trophies, dancing until your feet hurt.
but we finished off the night with tequitos and water, here are some picts of cupcake/best damn ska show day
sorry about all grammer mistakes and junk
peace out all
|Sunday, August 1st, 2004|
for those of you who know about my quest, im on day 13.
|yeah i know im cool
anyone who is cool, call my cell to hear my new voicemail!!! thats the first stage, kinda cool but im going to do another one with a beat and ill put more emotion into it.
yeah, dont clap for me!! i need no thanks its all in a days work (literally) ahahahah
|Monday, July 26th, 2004|
|Sunday, July 25th, 2004|
isn's it pathetic when you really feel like crying but you dont know why. i wish i could kick my own ass sometimes.
i need to sleep, my body is crashing. hardcore.
your bastardly friend
|Saturday, July 24th, 2004|
Yeah, what can i say, the truth hurts!!
shit nothing like working a 9hr day at a store with no a/c with only 4 1/2 hrs of sleep. shit, dawg. you cant handle me!! ahhahah
fuck everyone, really. even me!!! aahhah
|Friday, July 23rd, 2004|
HI MY NAME IS BECCA, I WAS THE ONLY PUNK ROCK JUNIOR
OK A SHOT OF PAIN/DISGUST
AHAHHA PEACE OUT HOMIES