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CV - The Ramones

Television (Excerpts) – 1989

The departure of Ramones bassist Dee Dee Ramone dominates this 1989 interview with the pioneering punk rockers, represented here by guitarist Johnny Ramone and new member CJ (Ramone). Johnny talks with contained amazement about Dee Dee leaving the band, and flirting with rap. He also mentions playing on Stephen King film Pet Sematary, and fails to recall the movie that features a “great” performance by The Swingers (Australia's Starstruck). Alongside offering staunch support from behind his sunglasses, CJ describes the joy of joining the Ramones, having been a big fan. 

It was tough recording the Brain Drain album because everyone took their shit out on me. I dreaded being around them. It drove me away ... Everybody in the band had problems; girlfriend problems, money problems, mental problems.
– Dee Dee Ramone on the period when he left the Ramones, in his 2000 autobiography Lobotomy: Surviving the Ramones

Key Cast & Crew

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Irene Gardiner

Director, Interviewer

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Gary Ryan


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Larnie Gifford