Marky Ramone

Marky Ramone
Marky Ramone

Marky Ramone at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival
Background information
Birth name Marc Steven Bell
Born July 15, 1956 (1956-07-15) (age 55)
Brooklyn, New York,
United States
Genres Punk rock, heavy metal
Occupations Drummer, musician, songwriter, DJ
Instruments Drums, percussion
Years active 1971–present
Labels Sire, Warner Music Group, The EMI Group, Rhino Entertainment
Associated acts Ramones, Marky Ramone and the Intruders, Wayne County and the Backstreet Boys, Dust, Richard Hell & The Voidoids, Misfits (band)

Marky Ramone (born Marc Steven Bell; July 15, 1956) is an American musician. He is best known for being the drummer for the Ramones, but has also played in other notable bands like Dust, Wayne County and the Backstreet Boys, Richard Hell & The Voidoids, and the Misfits.

Although he is not the original drummer (Tommy Ramone), Marky is the only living member of the longest running Ramones line-up (15 years) which featured Joey, Johnny, Dee Dee, and himself.


Musical career

Marc started playing drums in 1971 for hard rock band Dust, which included Kenny Aaronson on bass and Richie Wise on guitar, and was produced by Kenny Kerner. Marc recorded two albums with the band, before getting into the punk scene. In late 1972, following the death of New York Dolls original drummer Billy Murcia, Bell auditioned as a replacement and was the only seriously considered alternative to the eventual chosen candidate, Jerry Nolan.[1] In the mid-70s he played with Wayne County and the Backstreet Boys.[2] Wayne County would go on to become rock's first transsexual singer. In the late 1970s, he joined Richard Hell & The Voidoids. He played on the Voidoid's first album, Blank Generation.

When Tommy Ramone quit the Ramones in 1978, Bell was asked to be Tommy's replacement, and was renamed Marky Ramone.

Marky was with the Ramones for the next five years. He was asked to leave the band in 1983 to conquer his periodic drinking. He returned in 1987 and played with the band up until their retirement in 1996.[3]

In 1993, Marky appeared with the Ramones in the episode "Rosebud" of The Simpsons.[4]

In 1996, Marky joined Dee Dee Ramone and his wife Barbara Zampini, to play with The Ramainz, performing Ramones songs for fun.

In 2000, Marky joined Joey Ramone, lead vocalist of the Ramones, to record Joey's only solo album, entitled Don't Worry About Me.

In October 2001, Marky appeared on MTV accepting a lifetime achievement award presented by Bono of U2 to the Ramones. Marky Ramone's hand prints are on the Hollywood Rock Walk. In March 2002, Marky was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, at New York's Waldorf Astoria as a member of the Ramones. Marky's hand prints are on the Hollywood Rock Walk in Hollywood. He recorded some albums with his solo bands Marky Ramone & the Intruders and Marky Ramone & the Speedkings, as well as many 7" releases.[5] Marky Ramone & the Speedkings toured the world from 2002 to 2003.

In September 2004, Marky served as Executive Producer and released a Ramones DVD entitled Ramones Raw on Image Entertainment, which featured footage of the band while on tour all over the world along with other various rare, vintage footage. Much of the candid footage is courtesy of Marky Ramone's personal video library. The DVD was finished just in time to include commentary from Johnny Ramone, who died from prostate cancer on September 15, 2004. The commentary also includes Marky Ramone. Ramones: Raw is the only certified Gold selling Ramones DVD and one of only two US gold selling releases in the Ramones entire catalog. The other being the greatest hits double LP Ramonesmania released in 1988. Ramones: Raw is also the highest charting release in the Ramones history.

In January 2005, Marky went to tour with Russian band Tarakany!. The tour was called Ramones Night Tour 2005: Marky Ramone & Tarakany!. Marky just signed on for another year as the D.J. on his own show the Punk Rock Blitzkrieg. On SiriusX.M. On April 22, 2008, Marky Ramone appeared on a new CD in Canada playing drums with the Canadian punk band called Teenage Head.[6] The CD is called Teenage Head with Marky Ramone and it was released in the USA on June 10, 2008. It was recorded in 2003 on two separate visits by Marky to Canada.

Marky has a DVD coming out next year called The Job That Ate My Brain - the Marky Ramone Story.

He teamed up with Tommy Hilfiger's, Hilfger Denim, in 2009 to launch his own clothing line consisting of leather jackets, jeans and t-shirts. He also has his own line of pasta sauce, "Marky Ramone's Brooklyn's Own Pasta Sauce."[7]

Marky continues to carry the torch for the Ramones as he tours the world with his band called Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg, which plays a 32-song set of the Ramones with former Misfits frontman and lead singer Michale Graves.[8] Marky Ramone will perform a set of Ramones songs with New Found Glory at 2011's The Bamboozle Festival.

Marky appeared on Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations twice. On the 2007 Cleveland episode, he ate with Bourdain at the Michael Symon restaurant Lola and also toured the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Bourdain said Marky approved of the Ramones exhibit. On the 2010 "No Reservations Holiday Special," the two gather around a table and discuss what they want from Santa Claus ("to take the Millennium Falcon for a spin!").

Marky also won the lifetime achievement award from the Grammy's for 2011.

In September 2011 Markey was a guest instructor on VH1 Classic's Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp season 2 episode 3 where he helped the campers polish their chops and song writing skills. [9]


The following is a list of albums and singles Marky Ramone has played in.

With Dust:

  • 1971 - Dust
  • 1972 - Hard Attack

With Estus:

  • 1973 - Estus

With The Voidoids:

  • 1976 - Another World (single)
  • 1977 - Blank Generation (single)
  • 1977 - Blank Generation (album)
  • 1979 - The Kid With the Replaceable Head (single)
  • 1979 - Destiny Street (album)
  • 1989 - Funhunt (live album)

With the Ramones:

With Marky Ramone and the Intruders:

  • 1994 - Coward with the Gun (single)
  • 1996 - Marky Ramone & The Intruders
  • 1999 - The Answer To Your Problems?[10]
  • 2006 - Start of the Century (disc 1)

With Dee Dee Ramone:

  • 1989 - Standing In The Spotlight (album)
  • 1997 - I Am Seeing U.F.O's (single)
  • 1997 - Zonked/Ain't It Fun (album)[11]

With The Ramainz:

  • 1999 - Live in N.Y.C. (live album)

With Joey Ramone:

  • 2001 - Merry Christmas (I Don't Want to Fight Tonight) (single)
  • 2002 - What A Wonderful World (single)
  • 2002 - Don't Worry About Me (album)
  • 2002 - Christmas Spirit... In My House (EP CD)

With Marky Ramone & the Speedkings:

  • 2001 - Speedkings Ride Tonight (single)
  • 2001 - No If's, And's or But's (album)
  • 2001 - Ride Tonight/Hot Rods R' Us (single)
  • 2002 - Alive (live album recorded December 31, 2001 in Berlin)
  • 2002 - Legends Bleed (album)[12]
  • 2002 - I've Got Dee Dee On My Mind/Chinese Rocks (single)
  • 2002 - Rawk Over Scandinavia (Live 4 tracks EP)
  • 2003 - Love Hates Me/Dirty Action (Split Single with Texas Terri Bomb)
  • 2003 - Speedfinns (Girls & Gasoline demo on a 4 tracks split EP)
  • 2003 - Good Cop Bad Cop/Sidewalkin (single)

With Misfits:

  • 2003 - Project 1950

With Osaka Popstar:

With Tequila Baby:

  • 2006 - Marky Ramone & Tequila Baby Live


  • 2006 - Start of the Century (disc two, live performances)

With Tarakany!:

  • 2007 - Redkiye metally (mp3 release) (4 songs, live performances)

With Teenage Head:

  • 2008 - Teenage Head with Marky Ramone

With Bluesman:

  • 2008 - Stop Thinking (Single) (Listen to it on Marky's myspace)

With Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg:

  • 2010 - When We Were Angels (single)
  • 2011 - If and When (single)

Marky also did a blues album with Johnny Shines when he was nineteen.

Marky is writing a book based on his times in the punk scene.

Marky also did several spoken word tours which involved Marky showing some pics and speaking about his times in the punk scene and how he joined the Ramones.

Marky has his own star named for him as do the Ramones also. Marky also dj's and has deejayed around the world.



  1. ^ The New York Dolls: Too Much Too Soon, Nina Antonia, Omnibus Press 1998, 2003 edition, p69
  2. ^ "Cast and Crew: Marky Ramone". Retrieved 8 March 2010. 
  3. ^ "Marky Ramone on". Retrieved 2006-09-01. 
  4. ^ Marky Ramone on Faster Louder
  5. ^ Concert Live Wire - Interview with Marky Ramone
  6. ^ Alt Press - Web Exclusive: A conversation with Marky Ramone
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  10. ^ The South American version of The Answer To Your Problems? was titled Don't Blame Me.
  11. ^ The United States version of Zonked was titled Ain't It Fun.
  12. ^ Legends Bleed is the United States title for No If's, And's or But's.

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