Joey Ramone’s Response To Lemmy Kilmister’s Tribute
In 1991, Motörhead released their ninth studio album titled ‘1916,’ and a unique song shined brighter than the others, especially for a fellow band. The act paid tribute to their friends, the Ramones, with the track, ‘R.A.M.O.N.E.S.’ This wasn’t surprising to many of the bands’ fans since both sides praised each other during interviews, making clear that they had admired each other.
Lemmy Kilmister once talked about the band in a 2011 interview with the Arts Desk. He expressed his love for the Ramones, saying, “I love the f*cking Ramones. I knew Joey and Dee Dee the best. Dee Dee was a mess. He was smacked out all the time. It killed him. I read his book ‘Poison Heart,’ very, very depressing. It says in it that he hated every minute of the Ramones, which is awful, isn’t it, ’cause I enjoyed them so much.”
Regardless of their appreciation of one another and the Motörhead frontman’s words about the band, seeing a song dedicated to themselves was overwhelming for the Ramones members. The music critics also praised the song; fans loved seeing such a big gesture. Hence, Joey Ramone spoke about this in the book, ‘Hey Ho Let’s Go: The Story of the Ramones.’
“It was the ultimate honor,” said the Ramones’ lead singer. He then resembled Kilmister writing a song about them to John Lennon writing a song about somebody, “Like John Lennon writing a song for you.” Since it was a huge honor, the Ramones also performed the song during their live performances. Moreover, Lemmy Kilmister joined them for ‘R.A.M.O.N.E.S.’ for the band’s final show in August 1996.
Motörhead’s tribute to the Ramones gained such a respectable place in the rock community that many artists recorded their version of the song. While the Huntingtons covered the song on their ‘File Under Ramones’ album, the Groovie Ghoulies released their take on the Motörhead tribute album ‘Built for Speed.’
‘R.A.M.O.N.E.S.’ was also covered by the Offspring during their live performance at Rock in Rio 5 in September 2013. Their performance became more special when Marky Ramone joined them onstage to play the song and perform ‘California Sun.’