Marky Ramone Plays Two Ramones Covers With Arcade Fire
At every stop on their current tour, Arcade Fire have been saluting one of that city's musical legends in the encore. In Brooklyn last night (Aug. 23), they honored New York by covering the Ramones, bringing on a special guest to help them: drummer Marky Ramone.
As you can see in the above video, a band pretending to be a stripped-down version of Arcade Fire appeared on a platform at the back of the floor. They mimed a couple of minutes of 'Psycho Killer' from Talking Heads' live album 'Stop Making Sense.' But the ruse was soon discovered and frontman Win Butler called out Ramone.
With Ramone, Arcade Fire played two songs, 'I Don't Wanna Go Down to the Basement' and one of their most famous songs, 'I Wanna Be Sedated.' The latter appeared on Marky Ramone's first album with the group, 1978's 'Road to Ruin,' but the former was on their self-titled debut, which featured the drummer Marky replaced, the late Tommy Ramone.
Born Marc Bell in Brooklyn, Marky Ramone had been in a few New York punk bands, including the Voidoids, before joining the Ramones in 1978. He was fired in 1983, but returned in 1987 and stayed with the group until they disbanded in 1996. He is the only non-original member of the Ramones inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.