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The inside story of The Ramones — the “all access pass” on the opening page isn’t there just for show — as told by the people who knew them best, “On The Road With The Ramones” pieces together commentary by band members, fans, journalists, relatives, other recording artists — Joan Jett, the Dead Boys’ Cheetah Chrome, and Blondie’s Chris Stein, among others — and assorted hangers-on to provide a colorful, patchwork history of a band that, sadly, wasn’t too tough to die.
In late June 1975, ads appeared in the New York locals Village Voice and Soho News, announcing auditions.
CBGBs had been open little more than 18 months at that point, but already it had established itself as the focal point of the city’s convolutions. The Ramones, Television, Talking Heads, Blondie and Mink DeVille were more than merely up and running by now, while the Patti Smith Group was so hot that, to many local critics, they were CBGBs, and that was the impetus behind the Festival — Hilly Kristal’s belief that Smith was just one of many deserving bands playing the club on a regular basis. “The [critics] were not paying attention to the other bands. They acted like there was nothing here.”
Before Blondie came along and tarted up “Hangin’ on the Telephone” with the airbrushed desire of Debbie Harry’s vocals and polished it with spotless production, the now-classic power-pop number was destined to be forgotten by history. Recorded originally by a San Francisco power-pop trio named The Nerves, “Hangin’ on the Telephone” would become Blondie’s first U.K. Top Ten hit. And what of The Nerves?