I, like many, was saddened to hear of the death of Tommy Ramone last week.
The Ramones meant and mean more to me than any other band, and the fact that all the original members are dead does feel bad.
But I can't subscribe to the current internet thinking that The Ramones are dead.
Because Marky, Richie and CJ are still alive. To say that The Ramones are dead is to dismiss everything after Rocket to Russia.
Which is folly.
If you've got any kind of streaming service, I encourage you to listen to the following songs:
I Wanna Be Sedated
Rock n' Roll High School
The KKK Took My Baby Away
It's Not My Place (In The 9 to 5 World)
Time Has Come Today
Chasing the Night
Howling at the Moon
Bonzo Goes to Bitburg
Go Lil' Camaro Go
Merry Christmas (I Don't Want to Fight Tonight)
My Back Pages
I Don't Want to Grow Up
You could go deeper, especially into Road to Ruin and Too Tough to Die, but there's a good place to start, but my point is that people who played on all those songs are still alive.
Many thanks to Marky, Richie, and CJ for your parts in bringing us this great music.