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THERE IS NO ANYMORE MARKY RAMONE & THE SPEEDKINGS BAND, BUT I WANT TO KEEP THESE INFOS HERE AS A RAMONES HISTORIAN.

Marky Ramone & The SpeedKings announced (March 13, 2004) that the band was split up, even they were recorded an second album. One reason to the "first split up" was that Marky can't do so many tours with SpeedKings than SpeedKings would like to. Below you can read of Nick Cooper's book and then comes old information.




2015: NICK COOPER'S BOOK
- Nick Cooper is finalizing a book this year, 2015, about the time he was the singer-guitarist of The Buckweeds featuring Marky Ramone, Marky Ramone Group and Marky Ramone & The SpeedKings. The book should be out by the summer holidays.
Nick Cooper was also main songwriter in those groups. Name Marky Ramone Group was only used shortly until it got changed to Marky Ramone & The SpeedKings.
More details of Nick's book project from press release: "The book is the on the road story of a few years of playing rock and roll with the drummer of the iconic Ramones. It's the story and the truth that Nick recalls from those days on the road in Europe, Japan and the USA. Sometimes funny, sometimes really hilarious, sometimes pretty fucked up. A little bit of drugs, some crazy sex but above all a lot of rock and roll."
For his book, Nick could use some help from the people who were at the shows, hung out with the band etc. If you have any photographs, newspaper clippings, or if you want to write down what you still remember of those days. Please send material to me, by using this form or E-mailing me: jplaitioramone (a) gmail.com. I will forward material to Nick.
So the book should be out by the summer holidays. It will be a paperback version with lots of pictures but the book will also come in a limited edition hardcover version, pre-order only. Nick also works on a DVD compilation of the footage he shot on film during those years of touring, liveshows and backstage fun. If anyone still has camera footage it would be highly recommended too. All contributors will be credited. As I wrote, please send material to me by using this form or E-mailing me: jplaitioramone (a) gmail.com.





OLD MAIN INFOS, SO FOLLOWING INFOS NOT UPDATED, BUT I WANT TO KEEP HERE ALSO THESE:

Marky Ramone & The Speedkings is Marky's other current band (other is Marky Ramone And The Intruders). Line-up contains also guitarist-singer Nick Cooper and bassist Glen "Jack" Meyer. Glen joined June 2002. Nick has been playing in bands like MidnightMen and Buckweeds! Marky played with Buckweeds! on their last European tour.

Glen Meyer's side-project is called REVENGE 88. Glen played with them 7 years ago and now he will play with them again for another 20 shows etc. Revenge 88 is planning a live album which should be out by the end of this year. You can check out some more on their little site: http://www.revenge88.tk.

Old members:
- Dee Jaywalker: Who joined in August 2001 as the second guitarist. Dee played both rhythm and lead guitar.
- Bassist: Stevey Jay, who decided to leave from the band November 2001. Then he was replaced by Vito Jr Dagostini.
- Bassist: Vito Jr Dagostini was replaced Glen Meyer in June 2002.

(Pic, left to right: Dee, Marky, Glen and Nick)

Due to legal hassles band had to change original name Marky Ramone Group to MARKY RAMONE & THE SPEEDKINGS!


STUDIO ALBUM NEWS:

SECOND ALBUM: ...
Marky Ramone And The SpeedKings visited in a studio during the Holland tour. They planned to record 4 song EP, but at last they had so PUNK in studio that they recorded a new full length album with songs like Love Hates Me, Somebody Like You and Red Rubber Ball. Production will be done by Daniel Rey (but Tommy Ramone and Ed Stasium will have some input too). Two songs will be kinda special because they will feature quest vocalist. Hope to get in the stores by late September/ October 2003.


FIRST ALBUM: NO IF'S, AND'S OR BUT'S/ LEGENDS BLEED
Marky Ramone & The Speedkings released in November 19, 2001 the album called No If's, And's Or But's in Europe through White Jazz -records!.
I think that White Jazz was more than perfect choice. Both the band and the record label feel very enthusiastic of their co-operation! White Jazz also released this The Song Ramones The Same -tribute album (more info on news), which contains bands like: The Hellacopters, The Nomads, Sahara Hotnights, Wayne Kramer, Backyard Babies, The Dictators, D.A.D, Toilet Boys, Sator...

Marky Ramone & The SpeedKings debut came out in USA and Canada on October 22, 2002. Release contains 16 tracks and 4 bonus live songs: I Don't Care, Beat On The Brat, Rockaway Beach and Glad To See You Go. There it's titled Legends Bleed and those 4 live tracks not released on the ALIVE CD.
Debut came out by JVC records in Japan on May 29, 2002 (Japanese has new sleeve done by Japanese girl artist) and to Fogon Musica Distribution in Argentina on April, 2002 (license for Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay and Colombia).
Fogon Musica version contains 3 bonus tracks: Road Rage (Spanish version) with special guests Ciro Pertusi and Mariano Martinez from Attaque 77 + I Don't Want To Grow Up + Motivate To Move. And Beaver On My Mind instead of UPS Girl!
At first, guys recorded I Don't Want To Grow Up as a Marky Ramone Group for Ramones Tribute - 1,2,3,4... album in 2000.

MORE INFO AND TRACK LISTINGS (EUROPE, USA/CANADA) HERE.


SINGLE NEWS:

1) The White Jazz decided not to release a promo CD-S/ 7". But
Woimasointu released, December 1st, 7"-single as a limited edition of 1000 copies including one UNRELEASED studio recording Speedkings Ride Tonight and a great demo version of Hotrods-R-Us from No If's, And's or But's! -album. 300 copies are on an orange vinyl, 300 on a blue vinyl and 400 on a black vinyl. Single is selling really well and also Speedkings sold it on their European-tour. Woimasointu decided to take SECOND PRESSING with laminated sleeve and splattered vinyls, 300 on a green/yellow vinyl and 300 on red/blue vinyl. Order your copies now.

2) Marky Ramone And The Speedkings recorded live show at the Wild At Heart Club in Berlin, December 31st, 2001. From that show came out live 10"/CD, but also probably these 4 songs are from that show. This is: RAWK OVER SCANDINAVIA!
This 4 song EP by Woimasointu was coming out already in April 2002. Release date was early December, 2002. EP contains songs; Blitzkrieg Bop, Sheena Is A Punkrocker, Now I Wanna Be Sedated and Rockaway Beach.
Nick re-sung each song in a different Scandinavian language. I did translation of the Blitzkrieg Bop with Finnish, with help by Severi (Nukkekoti/Klamydia). Andre Dahlmann did (Norvegian translation), Kenneth Bergdahl (Swedish) and Valgaröur Gudjönsson (Iceland).
Limited edition of 1000 copies, 500 in coloured winyl. Mixed and mastered at Midas Studios by Tony Deblock, produced by Nick CQ Cooper and sleeve artwork by Cunni Cox and Nick CQ Cooper. More info at
Woimasointu-homepage. In example Woimasointu also released Dee Dee Ramone's Born To Lose//Hop Around 7"-single and vinyl version of Hop Around album. More info of the Dee Dee -releases here.

3) The Devils Shitburner Records from Germany is preparing for the release of a super limited Marky Ramone & The SpeedKings picture disc. Release date...?

4) HDPrecords from Sweden put out Marky Ramone & The SpeedKings 7'. 500 on black vinyl and 500 on red/brown. You can order it by E-mailing to: heavydrinking@hotmail.com
Nick Cooper and Fifi (Fifi & The Mach III) sing vocals on track I´ve Got Dee Dee On My Mind and Marky with Nick on Chinese Rocks.
HDPRecords also released compilation 10' called: "A Collection Of Great Dance Tunes - Vol 3" in early August, 2002, this 10' contains Marky Ramone & The SpeedKings "ScumFucks-R-Us (Live From The Gutter)". This is strictly limited edition: 500 copies on black vinyl and 100 copies on yellow vinyl. This 10' contains 18 bands/songs, like 69-Hard, Rickshaw, Trigger, Branko etc.

5) US tour promo split single with Texas Terri Bomb. Contains Love Hates Me by Marky Ramone & The SpeedKings and Dirty Action by Texas Terri Bomb. Limited to 600 copies (275 red/ 275 black/ 50 marbled red-black).

6) Woimasointu released Speedfinns-7' EP on May 2, 2003. It's been a long waiting this release, but now it's here and it's most important. Speedfinns-EP contains demo version of Marky Ramone & The Speedkings: Girls & Gasoline, and also songs from Finnish bands: Häiriköt: Beneath The Ground, Rehtorit: Badmobile and Pojat: I Do Remember You.

7) Bootleg Booze released Marky Ramone & The SpeedKings single on September 12, 2003. There is two songs on the 7", "Good Cop Bad Cop" & "Sidewalkin", which are written by Dee Jaywalker. This is limited to 1000 copies with cool sleeve and great label-art. 300 copies comes in white vinyl, 700 on black vinyl. In 500 copies of the pressing there is two "temptattoo´s", which are really in SpeedKings style. Bootleg Booze informed on November 10, 2003, that this 7' is soon sold out, so hurry up if you want to get your hands on that great piece of wax.



LIVE 10"/CD:

On December 31st, 2001 Marky Ramone & The Speedkings recorded a live 10"/CD in the Wild At Heart Club in Berlin. This release was out in September on Rawk-A-Hula Records! (13 songs) and you can buy it with 2 different covers (white and black).
Buy it here.

TRACKLIST:
1.SpeedKings Ride Tonight (Nick CQ Cooper)
2.I Don't Care (Ramones)
3.Saturday Night (Nick CQ Cooper)
4.Telephone Love (Fred Bell/Marky Ramone)
5.Teenage Rock'N'Roll Suicide (Nick CQ Cooper)
6.Chinese Rocks (Ramones)
7.Stag Books (Marky Ramone/Nick CQ Cooper)
8.HotRods-R-Us (Nick CQ Cooper)
9.California Sun (Glover/Levy)
10.Girls and Gasoline (Nick CQ Cooper)
11.Beat On The Brat (Ramones)
12.Sheena Is A Punk Rocker (Ramones)
13.Scumfucks-R-Us

Wild At Heart released CD collection titled That´s Life At The Wild At Heart Vol. 1 in 2003? and it contains Marky Ramone & The SpeedKings song Teenage Rock'N'Roll Suicide, it's also recorded on December 31, 2001. CD contains also Terrorgruppe, Nekromantix, Groovie Ghoulies, Psychopunch etc., in all 20 bands.


TOURING:

First massive tour was European promotour, it punked the roads in December 2001 with shows in all major European cities. Maryslim supported many cities etc.

After that Marky Ramone & The SpeedKings is rocked in example tour in Holland and South-Europe. 3 shows in Tokyo are scheduled for the end of November, because JVC release of debut album. Tour in USA starts December 27 (West Coast) and ends January 12, 2003.

SEE CONFIRMED GIGS HERE....

WHAT MARKY RAMONE HAS TO SAY ABOUT THE NEW RELEASE AND OF THE YEAR 2001:

(Pic, left to right: Vito, Nick, Marky and Dee)

I couldnt think of any better way to end this year than the release a new album and to do an extensive tour. 2001 has been a year with a lot of work but above all, tons of rocknroll. I have been touring with The Misfits in the US as a special guest on their 25th Anniversary shows and in between the dates I have set up this new band and recorded a full lenght album.

It all started when I first met Nick Cooper during the Intruders European tour of January 2000. He helped us out on some occasions and his previous band played our support on a few shows. In the summer of that year I agreed to help him out when his band needed a drummer for their European tour. Playing with them was a lot of fun and I knew they had their shit together. By the end of the tour Nick and me knew that some longer term colaboration was getting started.

I liked what I saw, I like what I heard and the rest is history. Here I am with my new band, The Speedkings. There were quite some songs there. We picked the ones that the kids loved at the shows and recorded them. My friend Daniel Rey mastered the album and here it is : No Ifs, Ands or Buts!

2001 was a good year, but there was also a lot of sadness and grief. One of those moments was when Joey Ramone passed away. But although he is not here anymore, the music lives on. RocknRoll will never die and thats why I will keep on playing it.

This year the Ramones have been nominated for the RocknRoll Hall of Fame and we received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the NY MTV Music Awards. Dee Dee is on the road, CJ has his new band and me and Daniel Rey played on Joeys solo album.

In my case playing in a new band, recording an new album and hitting the road for another tour is my way to say thanks to all the kids and fans out there. We owe it to them for being such a loyal family through all the years. This new album is dedicated to all of them. I hope they will enjoy the songs as much as we enjoyed recording them.

As for the release, I am very pleased that we made this co-operation with White Jazz Records. Their reputation to bring great music was so convincing that they were an obvious choice. And I believe the choice came from both sides. We have a very good contact and treat each other on a friends base. This makes our bond so strong.

I look forward to see all our fans out there in Europe after being away for far too long. I can promise that we have a scorching set waiting for them. After all 2001 is the 25th Anniversary of Punkrock and I will make sure no one will forget about that !

Marky Ramone
Brooklyn, NY
October 7, 2001