Your Guide To This Week’s Three Big Ramones Memes

Christopher R. Weingarten | February 10, 2009 11:00 am

In honor of—oh, lets just say the 20th anniversary of Pet Semetary—-here are three Ramones memes making the rounds. In the spirit of their three-chords, fast-and-loose, gone-in-two-minutes style, I only picked memes that were made as hastily as this post. In fact some of these memes are so crappy that I’m kind of suspicious that it might even be making fun of memes themselves and the people (read: me) who so hungrily consume them like pancakes off of a rabbit’s head. I’m sure that last sentence ties into something Greil Marcus one said about punk and situationism, but 11 a.m. is early for me. So:

1. The Ramones With Lead Guitar Yes, it’s an easy gag. Yes, it was probably made in the 29 minutes it takes to listen to a Ramones album. But the entire first Ramones album played with some dude wheedling away into what sounds like his laptop’s direct input made me smile. It made me smile in a way that made me realize that most of the best L.A. spandex rock bands of the ’80s (Poison, et al) were just dudes playing Ramones songs with some sad dude wheedling away in the front. [Ramones With Lead Guitar]

2. The Ramones Love It! Two seconds of audio proves that “Blitzkrieg Bop” was a really a soda commercial. Not to be confused with the actual beer commercial that ruined “Blitzkrieg Bop” for a generation. [YTMND]

3. Ramones Legos OK, I like this Lego version of “Rock And Roll High School.” I’m only human. [YouTube]