In his Band of Bruddahs, Marky Ramone's primary role was that of drummer, the pounding heartbeat and engine of so many of the legendary punk-rock group's numbers. But over many years in meetings, rehearsals, recording studios, concert stages and countless miles on the road in their trustworthy van, he also had another occupation: constant mediator between his lead singer and guitarist.
Ventura Mendoza via Flickr Marky Ramone in 2008
Acrimony had always been thick between Joey and Johnny Ramone, a pair that was on opposite of ends of the spectrum in politics, temperament, hygiene and punctuality. Not to mention musical direction. Oh, and Joey's girlfriend also left him for Johnny; the couple later married.
So Joey and Johnny Ramone had not spoken a word directly to each other in nearly 15 years. And when they needed to communicate with each other, they did it through Marky.