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Since the Ramones breakup in 1996, drummer Marky Ramone has been spotted keeping the time in several outfits — the Misfits, Marky Ramone & the Intruders, and Marky Ramone & the Speedkings. Fronted by guitarist/singer Nick Cooper, the Speed Kings specialize in songs that usually deal with one of two subjects — girls and/or cars, as evidenced by their 2002 release, Legends Bleed. While the music is your expected Ramonesesque punk rock, lyrically is where it all goes south. Sporting such song titles as "Beaver on my Mind," "Weenie Hair," and "Sex Phone Girls," the Speed Kings make Mötley Crüe lyrics seem almost Bob Dylanesque by comparison. As with most post breakup releases by former Ramones, there are several Ramones classics included here as bonuses — including live renditions of "I Don't Care," "Beat on the Brat," "Rockaway Beach," and "Glad to See You Go." While it's good to see Marky out there still bashing the skins, you can't help but feel that a member of one of rock's all-time great bands could certainly do much better than Legends Bleed.

Biography

Genre: Punk

Years Active: '90s, '00s

The longtime drummer for punk trailblazers the Ramones, Marky Ramone was born Marc Bell in New York City on July 15, 1956. An alumnus of the late-'60s band Dust, in 1977 he resurfaced as a member of Richard Hell & the Voidoids on their classic Blank Generation album. Bell joined the Ramones in time to record 1978's Road to Ruin, adopting the name Marky Ramone; he continued with the group through 1983, returning to the lineup four years later and remaining on the roster until they disbanded in...
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