As you are all probably aware, with Tommy Ramone’s passing on Friday, we’ve now lost all the original members of a band who, like em or not, laid the foundational rubric for basically every style of heavy metal that we enjoy today [we’re going to have to argue that statement out some time -Ed].
Robert Christgau spoke more eloquently about Tommy than we can, or should. But what we can offer is a piece of gear history: this commercial that features the Ramones from 1978 for the House of Guitars in Rochester, NY. I’ve not been to the joint, but it is the stuff of legend; a frequent destination for the likes of Slayer, Metallica, Mötley Crüe, and Ozzy Osbourne. The store shot a whole bunch of these commercials on 16mm, a few of which are somewhat bizarre, all of which are reminders of an era during which it must have been pretty crazy to be in a rock n’ roll band. They still air on local TV from time to time, from what I hear.