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Never Found in the '80s: the Ramones' 'Something to Believe In'

Sure, I know what you’re thinking. “Who hasn’t heard of the Ramones?” Ok. Quick, name three Ramones songs other than I Wanna Be Sedated. Not so easy, is it?

Well, it was even more difficult in the '80s.

The godfathers of punk might be having their songs featured in beer commercials and at sporting events now, but throughout their career American pop chart success eluded them. And that’s a pity.

From their 1986 release Animal Boy comes this bitingly satirical parody video Something To Believe In. It lampoons the '80s trend of cause celeb efforts such as Band Aid, We Are The World, Sun City (in which Joey Ramone participated), etc. and features plenty of alternative musical artists and personalities of the 80s. And, yes, that is Debbie Boone. I think.

“If you’re not in it, you’re out of it!”

Sadly, the Ramones are nearly all gone. Dee Dee, Joey, and Johnny have all died, leaving Tommy as the only surviving original member.

Here is a partial list of the celebrities featured in the video.

- Jim “Dr. Dim” Fitzsimons

[Last modified: Friday, May 3, 2013 6:38am]

    

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