These days everything punk comes in Sam's Club sizes numbers of bands at shows, for instance and at count-em-27 songs, drummer Marky Ramone's Start of the Century two-CD set includes Ramones covers and pretty much everything the Intruders ever put on tape in the Nineties.
Rancid's Lars Frederiksen produced half the album between sushi-bar binges with Marky, punctuated with the two guys trading lines from Goodfellas. "Marky is a funny motherfucker," says Fredericksen. "He's the first to crack a joke or make a silly face with a silly voice to follow, which shows just how real a person he is."
The last living Ramone will be hatting out to Europe and elsewhere following this U.S. tour. It's an anything-goes show whose constants are Ramones covers, but you're always liable to hear renditions of whatever is dear to Marky's heart at the moment, such as the Kinks' "Better Things." Eric W. Saeger
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