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Dee Dee Ramone

Sept. 18, 1952-June 5, 2002

Let’s not mince words: Dee Dee Ramone (ne Douglas Colvin) was the soul of the Ramones. Of the original foursome, Johnny was the brawn, Tommy the brains, and Joey the heart. But it was Dee Dee, with his blacker-than-black humor, who seemed to best embody the wounded spirit of a group of proudly self-proclaimed outcasts. Dee Dee was the lyricist behind those classic songs about male hustling, junkiedom, and huffing glue – topics wrenched straight from his life and fashioned into oddly uplifting anthems. His harrowing 2000 autobiography, Lobotomy: Surviving the Ramones, helps to make clear why he is dead of a probable heroin overdose at 49 (the wonder is that it took so long). Wherever he’s gone to now, we’d like to think Joey was there to welcome him with that Ramones shout-out to misfits everywhere: ”Gabba gabba, we accept you, we accept you, one of us.”