This week's passing of Tommy Ramone got me thinking about just how grateful I am for what he (and by extension the Ramones) started. Think about this: four knuckleheads with little or no musical talent decide to just put a band together and play. This was unheard of by the professional standard of musicians. I mean this was the early to mid-seventies, when stadium rock ruled and the only way to get real recognition was to be a musical virtuoso.
Now, I have had numerous arguments with people ...