A Ramones Musical?...
punk rock was all about the spectacle from the start. While the
earlier American version may have been a little more aimless and
less commercial, The
Ramones and company had no problem selling out. The
musical, the final stage in pop music commodification, is also the
official eulogy for an artist. When you’ve squeezed everything
you can out of back catalogs, compilations, and rarities, this vulgar
cartoon museum with a funhouse mirror perspective is all that’s
left. On Broadway, where you can now find everything from Abba to
Billy Joel, you soon may also come across a musical stage adaptation
of the Ramones.
downtown climbs up to midtown, while its still on its wide detour
of malls and K-Marts worldwide, Gabba
which hits London’s Koko Nightclub on July 31, is being billed
as the world’s “first punk rock musical” (what
about Rock and Roll High School? OK, the first stage musical,
c’mon, there’ve been hundreds up to the present –
take me to The Cake Shop this week and I’m sure you’ll
find at least one). The production, which has been popping up in
random spots like Australia, Germany, and Switzerland the last couple
of years, this time includes a nightly appearance by the last Ramone
standing, founder/drummer Tommy Ramone.
I can hear
you grumbling from the other side of your speed-line. Cut it out.
If any band’s embraced the pop culture with a playful aesthetic
that was at once irreverent and nostalgic, it’s gotta be The
Ramones. As with The Rock and Roll High School example,
or, if you ever saw ‘em live, the Zippy the Pinhead character
on stage year after year toting a “Gabba Gabba Hey Hey”
sign, a cornball musical fits the band’s unholy sense of humor
like a pair of tight-pegged jeans.
this in your high school punk lyric notepad and smoke it:
ever think you would see the day
Of “Chinese Rocks” on the Great White Way?
Gabba Gabba Gabba Hey Hey Hey...
Gabba Hey Official Site - check it out! hilarious...