Dee Dee Ramone

“I’d like to congratulate myself and thank myself and give myself a big pat on the back.”

To my ears, this testimony delivered by Douglas Glenn Colvin comprised the absolute pinnacle of Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame induction speeches.

Though Dee Dee essentially rendered the same bass lines sans any significant semblance of harmonic or rhythmic variation throughout his entire career as a founding member and primary songwriter of The Ramones – his approach is to be commended as he did that which unites all dedicated bassists: he played exactly what was needed as he served the almighty song.

His tone, execution, and attitude fearlessly anchored one of the greatest forces in the history of popular music, which continues to inspire generations long after his passing, and the passing of his band mates. In the most hallowed traditions of Messrs. Berry, Penniman, Lewis, and Presley – Dee Dee and The Ramones’ canon exudes the very essence of the art form that is rock ‘n’ roll: their eternally youthful vibrancy; their unabashed reverence for the past while pushing forward; their stark individuality; their instantly recognizable collective sound; their uncanny ability to threaten the status quo; and their enduring and expansive effects on pop culture represent just a few of the reasons why these revolutionary outcasts from Queens County Long Island New York will always be relevant, and they will always matter.