the Statue of Liberty, the Hollywood sign, Route
66 and stars on pavements are just some of the iconic images that jump into our
heads when we think about the good ol’ US of A.
Or it is for most of the population here in the
For me it’s a little bit different and on my personal flights of fancy the land of our colonial cousins is filled with juke joints, teenage hops, and rock and roll.
It’s one where the roads are filled with shark-finned cars, where kids drink in malt shops and at night watch b-movies at the drive in.
It’s a romanticized view and one I expect others of a certain age will share with me.
It’s not strictly a dream world that is rooted in the fifties though.
Within that stereotypical framework it’s easy for me to slip in the Doors kicking about in the desert tripping on peyote, the MC5 storming a stage as the cops fire smoke bombs into crowds of students, and no one would bat an eye at a junkies body being lifted from the pavement outside of CBGBs.
My surreal potpourri is in all honesty not one that could be easily transferred over here, and most definitely wouldn’t sit comfortably in
but for one night only a bit of that magic is coming to town.
Why is that I hear you ask?
Well on the 19th of April in River (Old Barfly) they will be hosting a night in honour of a man who is about as American as Mom’s apple pie, and that man is of course Joey Ramone.
It’s all for a good cause to as the night will also incorporate a fundraisers for ‘The Glasgow Roller Derby Irn Bruisers' who are looking to raise some cash to help cover their costs for there trip to
Indianapolis where they
will compete in the Spring Roll.
So if some live bands playing the songs of Da Brudders, dj sets of CBBGS era punk, and ladies who Alice Cooper may or may not have been referencing when he sang Under My Wheels kicking about demanding money from you is something that tickles your fancy then it’s happening, and all for a fiver.
If you are lucky I might even show you my Ramones tat, but only for a donation to the ladies.Facebook event invite page.