Posted by purplemary54 on July 11, 2014
I didn’t realize before my last post just how much I’d need a laugh. The last surviving original member of the Ramones has died.
Of course, Tom Erdelyi was more than just a Ramone. He left the group after 1977’s Rocket to Russia. An accomplished multi-instrumentalist, Erdelyi was also a skilled and sought-after producer. He helmed the Replacements’ Tim, which is arguably his most famous production. In recent years, Erdelyi turned down a different musical path playing acoustic Country/Bluegrass music with his partner, Claudia Tienan. It’s not what most Ramones fans are accustomed to, but it’s damn fine work.
I’m so saddened by this news. Although the Ramones broke up years ago, it feels like the end of an era. The end of the century.
So long, Tommy. We’ll see you ’round the bend.