One Band, One Local Bar, All Night Long. What'll It Be?
The first album I remember owning (and loving) was The Ramones' self-titled debut that my Dad gave me around the age of five, which I've always assumed was the reason I listen to what I do. Sadly, the group stopped performing together in the 90s, and Joey Ramone passed away when I was in the sixth grade.
So my pick would have to be catching Ramones at Mango's, which seems like the perfect place to catch a show of theirs. Of course, this is fantasy, and I know that Mango's wasn't around during Ramones' hay day, but it's intimate and dirty enough to feel punk rock. And of course I'd want to see the band in their Rocket to Russia or Road to Ruin era, when they'd built up enough of a discography to play a somewhat long set seeing as they were known for their short, fast tracks.
But if I'm being honest, I'd catch the group anywhere if I had the chance to see Joey Ramone in all of his tall, lanky glory. ALYSSA DUPREE
The building has that San Francisco vibe associated with the band's origins. There they would be, as they were 40 years ago, huge afros and all. We'd dance our asses off to a set that opened with "I Want to Take You Higher." Larry Graham would slap-pop the bass all over an eight-minute run of "Dance to the Music" and everything would end with the band's soulful version of "Que Sera, Sera."
And, if the wormhole could stay open just a little longer, we'd catch the Ramones at Notsuoh later that night. JESSE SENDEJAS JR.
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