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Douglas Glenn Colvin (September 18, 1951 – June 5, 2002), known professionally as Dee Dee Ramone, was an American musician, singer and songwriter best known as founding member, songwriter, bassist and occasional lead vocalist for the punk rock band the Ramones.
Greatest & Latest is the fifth and final studio album by Dee Dee Ramone, released in 2000. It consists of re-recordings of Ramones songs, a re-recorded solo song ("Fix Yourself Up"), cover songs and an unreleased new song ("Sidewalk Surfin'"). It was released in Japan in June 2000 and in Europe in August 2000. Dee Dee Ramone – vocals, guitar. Barbara Ramone – bass, vocals.
Dee Dee Ramone was one of the strangest people I've ever met. Whenever we saw him, we were never sure if we were going to get the good Dee Dee or the bad Dee Dee. In the 90s, when I was asked to write a forward to his book, Lobotomy, I described him as, the last of the dying breed of authentic rock star, an authentic bad guy who got over it, and in so doing, changed the face of rock ‘n’ roll. Dee Dee was the archetypical fuck-up whose life was a living disaster. Johnny Ramone had stopped doing hard drugs by then. He really was a pot smoker. Some of the worst crap I ever wrote went on that album. I don't even want to say the names of the songs, but that was me at my worst. After I heard that album, I said, Never again! Leaving the ramones.
And Dee Dee was off doing five different things by then. He was burnt out as a Ramone. Well, not drastically but you don’t walk around looking like Joey Ramone did, in other words. Or Johnny with his bowl cut. Do people still recognize you? Or when they find out who you are, are they just blown away? - Well, I sort of planned it that way. I enjoy being Tommy Ramone when I want to be Tommy Ramone, and I’m perfectly fine with being like Clark Kent, you know what I mean? I’d hate to be constantly stared at. - In the bluegrass band, do you guys play live ever?
Dee Dee convinced the rest of the group to take on the name and came up with the idea of calling the band The Ramones, (why don’t more bands do this?). Clocking in at under 30 minutes, the longest song here is I Don’t Wanna Go Down To The Basement, (inspired by horror movies), at 2:35 and the shortest track, Judy Is A Punk, is just . 2 seconds long. The recording process was similar to the techniques used by The Beatles from the early 1960s: the guitars can be heard separately on the stereo channels – electric bass on the left, rhythm guitar on the right channel – while drums and vocals are mixed.
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