It appears as though most rockers closely associated with heroin (Johnny Thunders, Sid Vicious, etc.) are made out to be tragic figures, but late Ramones co-founder Dee Dee Ramone appears to be an exception -- maybe because he dwelled the planet for a hell of a lot longer than the aforementioned dudes. But as he tells stories about his wild days as a Ramone (and immediately after his exit) in the 2003 DVD, Hey Is Dee Dee Home? he appears to have been living just as far out on the edge, yet it's his charm and talent for storytelling that adds humor and even (gasp) a human side to such a dark subject. Clocking in at an hour in length, the interview was filmed back in 1992 by director Lech Kowalski, who was then in the midst of interviewing CBGB vets for a documentary on Thunders (released in 1999 as Born to Lose: The Last Rock N' Roll Movie). Although Thunders is at the base of many of the entertaining stories that Dee Dee recounts, you really get a feel for the real people who were known to the rock world as Richard Hell, Stiv Bators, and Joey Ramone. Especially interesting is an extended story that closes the DVD, in which Ramone recounts an ill-fated stab at a super group in Paris, which was to have featured Dee Dee, Bators, and Thunders, before collapsing due to (take a guess) drugs! Also intercut throughout the interview are clips of Dee Dee bashing away at his out-of-tune guitar, and brief archival clips. Hey Is Dee Dee Home? is a mandatory purchase for any Ramones admirer or fan of the early days of NYC punk.
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