Marky Ramone & the Speedkings
Marky Ramone’s the selling point, but whoever pounds the drums on this one has little to do with anything, really. With all due respect to Marky, he was never the most important Ramone out there, not even a member of the band until after their first three seminal, must-have albums. Strictly speaking then, this is a Speedkings album, meaning that main man Nick CQ Cooper, ex-Buckweeds, pulls all the tricks and do so in a fairly straightforward and only marginally interesting manner.
It’s certainly heavy enough on the Ramones influences, but even they wouldn’t have touched songs called “Beaver on My Mind” or “Weenie Hair.” Please, people! It’s a tight and fun album, for sure, and with Marky’s name on the cover you’ll know what to expect. There are even four live versions of Ramones tracks tacked onto the end — all of them from before Marky joined the Ramones, by the way — that only serve to underline the irrelevance of The Speedkings as a band in its own right.
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