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Spotlight On Local: CJ Gunn Of The Subtones, Former Guitarist With Marky Ramone
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CJ Gunn Book Cover photo

I think most people have a love-hate relationship with social media. But I’m sure many will agree that it’s always fun to catch up with people they haven’t seen for ages. When I first met C.J. Gunn (ne Christopher James Gunya), he was a little punk from Cleveland with a big mouth and a heart of gold. Now he turns up one book, one straggly beard, hundreds of tattoos, and 20 years later. I’d say we had some catching up to do and I was happy to have had that opportunity last week.

Born in Cleveland in 1974, Gunn had a tumultuous childhood and ended up losing both of his parents early on. A natural misfit, he turned to the punk scene for a sense of belonging. By the early 90s, Gunn had played in a variety of punk bands in the area. He was great at networking and ended up getting the attention of many local acts as well as national ones passing through nearby cities. One band that was a huge musical influence on Gunn and whose members would become recurring characters in his rock and roll life was The Ramones. When Gunn heard that drummer Marky Ramone was playing in Cleveland with his band The Intruders, he did everything he could to get on the bill with his band The Subtones. Not only was he successful doing that, but he also was lucky enough to get on two more dates opening for The Intruders in nearby towns.

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In Memoriam: Musicians Who Died In 2014
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In Memoriam: Musicians Who Died In 2014

As 2014 is just about at an end, we take a moment at Geeks Of Doom to remember the fallen musicians who left us this year. A large array of heavyweights, cult heroes, pioneering figures, and sentimental favorites are among those who have left us in a physical sense, but the memories that they made in the past and the ones that each of their fans have in regards to them will never leave.

A list of some of our (and probably yours as well) fallen heroes is below.

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Martin Scorsese To Direct A Ramones Biopic
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The Ramones

One of the most quintessential punk bands, The Ramones, is getting the full cinematic treatment via one of the most quintessential and metaphorical punk filmmakers, Martin Scorsese.

Still in its infancy, the project, which won’t even start until Scorsese has finished his current gig helming the upcoming film Silence, hasn’t even hired a writer on board yet, but has the full cooperation of the Ramones estate, according to The Wrap. The Ramones estate is planning a big celebration in 2016 to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the band’s 1976 landmark debut album, a record that reshaped the entire musical game, and almost singlehandedly created a new revolution in the sonic genre with its advent of punk. Peaking in the late 1970s, The Ramones released scores of records from 1976 to the mid 1990s, all with high energy and high decibel levels, lean and muscular tunes that are memorable and full of attitude of every stripe. Going through various incarnations since its inception, the band unfortunately was in the limelight earlier this year with the death of the original drummer Tommy Ramone, who had been the last remaining member of the original lineup.

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Tommy Ramone, Last Original Surviving Member Of The Ramones, Dies At 62
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Tommy Ramone

Tommy Ramone, whose simple but jackhammer driving backbeat propelled the legendary punk ensemble The Ramones to soaring heights and becoming one of the most influential punk bands of all time, died on Friday in Queens, NY, according to Variety. He was 62.

Born in Budapest, Hungary, and raised in Forest Hills in Queens, NY, Tommy Ramone, whose real name was Erdelyi Tamas, was the last surviving original member of the group, which included singer Joey Ramone, bassist Dee Dee Ramone, and guitarist Johnny Ramone. Erdelyi became a member of the band by accidental proxy back in 1974, the year they formed, and all the musicians opted to take on the surname “Ramone” as stage names. Originally, lead singer and driving force Joey Ramone was relegated to the drum throne, but ultimately couldn’t keep time with the band’s three-chord, yet ultra tempo songs. Erdelyi, who was at first going to be the band’s manager, soon took over drum duties and wound up drumming and co-producing the band’s first three albums, which spawned a slew of memorable tracks, which to this day are now punk folklore: “I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend,” (which Erdelyi wrote), “Pinhead,’” “Give Me Shock Treatment,” “Beat on the Brat,” and the band’s signature song, which also showcases in a way their instantly recognizable signature sound, and which was also penned mostly by Erdelyi, “Blitzkrieg Bop.”

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Comic Review: Killogy
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Doc Brown   |  
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KillogyKillogy
Trade Paperback
Written by Alan Robert
Illustrated by Alan Robert
Lettered by Alan Robert
IDW Publishing
Release Date: June 19, 2013
Cover Price: $17.99

So, Frank Vincent, Marky Ramone, and Brea Grant are locked in a Brooklyn jail cell together… No, it’s not the start of some bizarre joke—it’s the start of one powerful gorefest by Alan Robert entitled Killogy. IDW has bundled the miniseries into one volume that every horror comic devotee should plan to have in their collection.

Alan Robert’s tight script drops the reader right in the middle of a high-tension scene thanks to his Tarantino-esque manipulation of the story’s timeline. This is a tricky thing to pull off properly, but Robert (best know for Wire Hangers) makes it seem effortless as he fills in the plot with pieces of the past to reveal the strange and possibly supernaturally-influenced connections between the characters.

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$4 MP3 Album Deal: Pearl Jam, The Ramones, Beastie Boys & more
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Pearl Jam Ten

The Gold Box spotlight deal of the day over at Amazon today is on what they’ve dubbed the “Essential MP3 Albums for Your Collection” sale, where there’s 20 MP3 albums available for only $3.99-$4.99 each.

Here’s a sample of the selection:

Pearl JamTen
Fleetwood MacRumours
NirvanaNevermind
The RamonesGreatest Hits
JourneyGreatest Hits
The Beastie BoysLicensed To Ill

There’s also albums by The Black Keys, Daft Punk, Johnny Cash, Usher, 50 Cent, Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, Beyonce, and more, so be sure to browse all 20 albums in this sale, as well as the 100 albums on sale this month for only $5 each.

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Top Vinyl Rock Records Of The ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s
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Vinyl Record Day

August 12th was Vinyl Record Day, marked by the date Edison invented the phonograph in 1877, so it’s become a day to celebrate the old time traditions of sonic yesteryear, and spin your favorite tunes on those old 33 1/3, 45, and 78 sized spherical objects made out of wax called “records.” And I’m here to give you my Top 12 favorite vinyl records of the 1950s, 60s, and 70s, along with a bunch of honorable mentions, but before we get to that, let’s talk a little bit about this thing called “vinyl.”

Up until the mid 1980s, when CDs started to become the musical norm in how one listened to their music proper, records were the norm of the people; not just a communally popular way to hear songs, but it became a giant subculture of the fabric of life, a hobby, a key element in creating parties, in creating gatherings and get-togethers, a source of fun competition in who would have more records than whom and who would have the rare cool records, in essence, vinyl hoarding was a collector’s and layman’s dream for decades upon decades.

With its outer cardboard casings known as “sleeves,” bands and musicians of all musical genres were able to express themselves not only in the music they created, but by the art that was presented on the front and back covers, which spawned an entire new artistic medium in a sense. In a way, every day should still be a Vinyl Record Day in some regard, and as the way music is bought and downloaded these days, in binary coded “bitted and byted” digital forms, not only has the way of the vinyl passed in essence, but also all the visual accoutrements that came with it. It has become a relic of the past like a rotary telephone or a CB radio, a dinosaur’s regime, which ultimately is hence even a more urgent reason to preserve the memory and image of the record alive in the 21st century.

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$5 MP3 Album Deal: The Ramones ‘Greatest Hits’
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The Ramones Greatest Hits

As part of Amazon’s monthly $5 MP3 album deals for August 2012, The RamonesGreatest Hits is on sale for only $5. If you would like a physical copy of The Ramones Greatest Hits, the CD is available for only $7.60.

Young or old, no matter who you are, you’ve no doubt bopped your noggin to the beat of a Ramones tune at least once in your life. It’s an autonomic reaction to the infectious beat created by a ragtag group of ne’er-do-wells sporting matching black hair, who sprung up out of Forest Hills, Queens, NYC in 1974 as a reaction to the lame pop music of the times. They had no particular message, no impressive musical ability – just the doo-wop velvet voice of Joey Ramone and four simple chords that literally anyone can play all sped up in 4/4 time by a simple backbeat and hard driving bass. Greatest Hits is an essential album for everyone’s collection and includes such popular songs as “Blitzkrieg Bop,” “Rockaway Beach,” and “Rock ‘N’ Roll High School.” If you don’t already own at least one of the 14 studio albums The Ramones recorded over the 21 years when they were an active touring band, then you must buy Greatest Hits right now. (Today actually marks the 16th anniversary of the band’s final performance together.)

Browse all 1,000 albums on sale this month for only $5 each, as well as several albums on sale this week for only $2.99 each.

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$5 MP3 Album Deal: The Ramones – Rocket To Russia
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The Ramones - Rocket To Russia

The MP3 album deal of the day over at Amazon today is Rocket To Russia by The Ramones for only $4.99.

Rocket To Russia, which celebrates its 35th anniversary this year, contains 14 tracks, including standouts “Teenage Lobotomy,” “Rockaway Beach,” “Cretin Hop,” “We’re A Happy Family,” and “Sheena Is A Punk Rocker,” which right there justifies the $5 price tag for this album. The album also includes two covers the band is known for doing, “Do You Wanna Dance?” and “Surfin’ Bird.”

If you’d like a physical copy of Rocket To Russia, the CD is available for only $7.99, and contains 5 bonus tracks.

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The Ramones Meet The Warriors
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The Ramones Meet The Warriors

Artist Nathan Stapley created an awesome mash-up of punk rock legends The Ramones meeting The Warriors, the NYC gang from the movie The Warriors

Stapley piece, titled “The Ramones Meet The Warriors,” was part of a Gallery1988 Venice art show and is a selection from the artist’s “Same Gang” series.

You can check out more artwork in the series, which includes another piece with The Ramones, as well as paintings featuring popular robots, famous dads in entertainment, and more, over at Nathan Stapley‘s official site.

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