This radio programme was broadcast April 20th 2012 on the 21st Anniversary of Steve’s death, bless him

Wang Dang Doodle Artist Of The Week – from London
– Steve Marriott 21 Years Gone But Not Gone (2012)

Steve Marriott Jan 30th 1947 – April 20th 1991 RIP

00:00 Hi And Happy – BP & Tara & Ashley 4 play
00:21 BP Fallon’s Wang Dang Doodle – Ronnie Drew
00:31 High And Happy – Steve Marriott
03:05 Love Interruption – Jack White
05:36 The Kids Don’t Dance – The Happen Ins
09:30 American Beat – The Head Cat
11:07 BP verbal
12:34 Louisiana Blues – Steve Marriott
16:16 You’re Not The Only One – Black Pistol Fire
20:00 Love Is Dead – Kopek
23:58 Street Rat – Steve Marriott
26:39 BP rabbit
27:36 Bluegrass Interval – Steve Marriott
31:33 Never Say Never – Ian McLagan & Patty Griffin
34:58 New Year’s Eve – Tom Waits
39:22 New Year’s Eve At The Gates Of Hell – Ray Wylie Hubbard
42:44 Gramophone
42:51 Mother Blues – Ray Wylie Hubbard
48:43 The Eagle Flies On Friday – The Head Cat
52:00 Hambone – Steve Marriott
54:44 BP au revoir
56:17 Lord Let Me Hold Out – Steve Marriott
59:40 And the jingles jangling go auld triangling

Hear here!
Wang Dang Doodle featuring Steve Marriott 21 Years RIP, on BTR


Small Faces – Steve Marriott & Kenney Jones & Ian McLagan & Ronnie Lane


Steve Marriott in the Small Faces


Ronnie & Steve, bless ‘em both


Ian McLagan, God bless Mac too


Black Pistol Fire


The Happen Ins by & © Alexandra Valenti


The sound of music…


Tara & Ashley by & © BP Fallon

And!

Small Faces & Stanley Unwin – Happy Days Toytown – the joy of life


Humble Pie with The Blackberries – Black Coffee – Steve Marriott mindblowing black vocal in this raw celebration of the joy of music

God bless you, Steve
And Ronnie Lane April 1st 1946 – June 4th 1997
And Ian McLagan May 12th 1945 – December 3rd 2014
We’ll meet again xxx

Breakthru Radio

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BP Fallon remembers Joey Ramone


Joey Ramone by & © BP Fallon

Letter from America by BP Fallon: Sunday April 15th 2001
Reprinted from The Irish Times April 24th 2001

I’m sorry to have to tell you that the Mayor Of The East Village Joey Ramone died this afternoon. He died from lymphatic cancer. His mum Charlotte said he was listening to U2’s In A Little While in his room at New York Presbyterian Hospital when he died. “Just as the song finished, Joey finished,” Charlotte said. He was 49.

Only a month or so ago I saw him on his perambulations, gangling down St. Mark’s Place, this rubbery creature who towered giraffe-like above the gaggle of excited Japanese girls who formed a moving clucking mass around him as he walked. And as he walked his neck craned down to meet their smiling upturned faces, this most unlikely – and enormously likeable – apostle of cool, mane of black hair blowing this way and that, automatic hand tugging it back, those yellowy-orange prescription shades like the bottoms of milkbottles that when the light hit them in a certain way you would see those bulbous eyes that he hid from the world, these eyes still excited by the quest but equally – more? – still shy and self-effacing.

Just a pop singer…

Just the singer in the fastest, blastest, tightest, rockin’est, coolest band of their magic moments.

Just fucking Joey Ramone.

First time I saw Joey was at the Roundhouse in 1976 when the Ramones blitzkrieg bopped into London for the very first time, waving a ‘Gabba Gabba Hey!’ placard and taking no prisoners. It was the Bicentennial Fourth Of July, a fact trumpeted by these feisty young American invaders from Queens, New York. Bloody hell.

The Ramones nailed ev’ryone to the wall.

Johnny’s chainsaw guitar, legs apart, moptop flying. Dee Dee’s barked exhortations of “1,2,3,4!” Tommy attacking the drums like the bloke from Black Sabbath on Lemmy-quality speed.

And in the middle at the front at the mic stand stands the human stick insect Joey Ramone, a mess of hippy hair at British punkdom’s Damascus, the hand holding the mic drowned by this scraggly waterfall of Woodstock visual, the face virtually absent, this humanoid freak looking like a geek and singing like Adonis.

Make no mistake, Joey was a romantic.

The Ramones sound, it was like a stripped-down Phil Spector record, speeded up and the sweetening gone and the naked engine snarling, heavenly choir transformed into gutter-gaunt revving roadster, this little monster hot-rod racing, rockin’ tough and hard. Hoodlum music with a smile, delinquent teen vignettes like Teenage Lobotomy and Beat On The Brat and Cretin Hop and Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment. Gene Vincent, the punk from Norfolk, Virginia who’d scored with Be Bop A Lula twenty years earlier, even Gene Vincent couldn’t have said it better. Really, the titles say it all, fast and funny and to the point. I Wanna Be Sedated. Sheena Is A Punk Rocker. Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue. Classics…

And on top of this full-speed full-tilt amped-up electric mayhem there’s this voice of pop that when Phil Spector finally got to produce the Ramones – ‘cos he did and even if it was mad and even if it was crazy which of course it was because that’s just the way it is sometimes with ol’ Uncle Phil, well it was fated and that’s it. Anyways… down the line Phil gets to produce the Ramones and he takes this Joey voice, this perfect pop voice for today people and he melds it to Baby, I Love You and God forgive me but it’s as good as Ronnie Spector’s immaculate vocal on the Phil Spector-produced original by The Ronettes. But while Mrs. Spector had sang it with wet-lipped joy and celebration, in Joey’s reading it was as if he was pleading his love. It was beautiful.

Last time I saw Joey sing was with Ronnie Spector. Ronnie sang Don’t Worry Baby and then they did a song written by one of Joey’s peers, Johnny Thunders, a song Joey had produced for Ronnie Spector’s new EP, Johnny’s song You Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory…

There on St. Mark’s Place we nodded greetings at each other.

Joey had always been one of those characters who you weren’t really sure if they actually remembered you or not, he seemed so gently affable but kinda out there at the same time.

The Boomtown Rats did a tour, their first tour of England proper, supporting Talking Heads and the headliners the Ramones, in 1977. Joey was the same then, Mr. Vagueout dreamin’ his dreams, charismatically freakish on stage and genuinely sweet to the ever-awed fans who crowded into the dressing-rooms after ev’ry show.

Then another BP charge with the unlikely name of Snips, a mate of Chris Spedding who’d sung with Ginger Baker, Snips landed the support on the latest Ramones tour. This is ’78. On the plane to Belfast I find myself sitting next to Johnny Ramone, Mike Clark Byrds hair framing a tight face. “How old are you?” I say idly (as one does…). Johnny thinks about this for a while, then ponders the question a bit more, then drifts into further cogitation. Finally, he takes in air and says, with great consideration, “Mid twenties”.

Dee Dee was another story altogether (see BP Moves Into Chelsea Hotel, Dee Dee Visits. Weird scenes from inside the goldmine vol. 69).

Anyways, when the plane gets to Belfast – this is the gig before the epochal Dublin gig at the State Cinema in Phibsboro – when the plane gets to Belfast all the Ramones, this cartoon rock’n’roll band of hair and leather jackets and ripped jeans, they scruff into a scruffy van and their manager Linda Stein, she swans into a flash limo. Ah, rock’n’roll high school…

After that Ronnie Spector gig here in New York at Life in the West Village a year and a bit ago, Arturo Vega the Ramones lighting guy from the year zero, he does all their graphics and stuff, he’s introducing me to Joey yet again,”Uh, you know BP Fallon?” “Yeah, you were on the tour we did with Snips,” Joey deadpans back drily, quick as a button and on the button too, memory sharp as an owl’s. “You used to wear a short green velvet robe, didn’t you?”

So on St Mark’s Place a few weeks back, we nod our greetings and amble on by.

I never thought I’d never see him again. God bless Joey Ramone. Gabba Gabba Hey!

– BP Fallon, East Village NYC April 15th 2001.


Local TV Coverage of the death of Joey Ramone on Easter Sunday 2001


Joey Ramone and fan at CBGB 2000 by & © BP Fallon


Ronnie Spector & Joey Ramone NYC 1999 by & © BP Fallon


Debbie Harry & Joey Ramone from Punk Magazine 1976


Just kids: Dee Dee & Joey via Phyllis Stein’s Facebook


Not kids anymore: Joey, Ronnie, Keith & Dee Dee

Joey Ramone May 19th 1951 – April 15th 2001
Dee Dee Ramone September 18th 1951 – June 5th 2002
Johnny Ramone October 8th 1948 – September 15th 2004
Tommy Ramone January 29th 1949 – July 11th 2014
God Bless Da Brudders x
and Arturo Vega October 13th 1947 – June 8th 2013
Linda Stein April 24th 1945 – October 30th 2007

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BP Fallon & The Strypes live on The Paul McLoone Show on TodayFM

BP Fallon ~ vocals
Ross Farrelly ~ vocals/harmonica/backing vocals
Josh McClorey ~ guitar/backing vocals
Pete O’Halloran ~ bass guitar
Even Walsh ~ drums

‘I Believe In Elvis Presley’ by BP Fallon/Aaron Lee Tasjan

‘Still Gonna Drive You Home’ by Josh McClorey/Ross Farrelly/Pete O’Hanlon/Evan Walsh

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Josh McClorey & BP Fallon & Ross Farrelly by Niall Walsh

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Pete O’Hanlon & Evan Walsh by Niall Walsh

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Soundcheck “I-2-3-4” via Fans Of The Strypes

With thanks to Paul McLoone, Ed Smith & Gavin Blake & a doff of the cap to Niall Walsh. What a brill vibe 🙂

Today Thursday March 19th 2015 ~
The Strypes play Kenny’s in Lahinch in Co Clare, Ireland on their Roadtest Tour.
BP Fallon plays his official SXSW Showcase at the Saxon Pub in Austin, Texas at midnight ~ in the band tonight are guitarists Aaron Lee Tasjan and Danny B Harvey and Joe King Carrasco ~ the fabled ‘BP Fallon Live In Texas’ lineup ~ plus backing vocals by The High Priestess Of Effervescence Annie Marie Lewis.

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BP Fallon & Annie Marie Lewis shake it at SXSW. Photography by Radek

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IT’S ALIVE!!! THREE-HOUR SPECIAL WITH BP FALLON & PAUL McLOONE & THE STRYPES

To celebrate the release of his album ‘BP Fallon Live In Texas’, BP co-hosted the Paul McLoone Show on TodayFM with BP and Paul spinning some of the greatest live recordings ever ~ plus a surprise live performance in the TodayFM studio by BP Fallon & The Strypes

HEAR IT HERE 9 ~ 10pm Ist HOUR

collage-albums

The Clash – I Fought The Law
The Smiths – Panic
David Bowie & The Spiders From Mars – White Light/White Heat
Lou Reed – Sweet Jane
Neil Young & Crazy Horse – Hey Hey My My (Into The Black)
Muddy Waters – She’s 19 Years Old
Bob Dylan – Hoochie Coochie Man
BP Fallon – Does Anyone Care What Anyone Says In Rock’n’Roll
MC5 – Kick Out The Jams

HEAR IT HERE 10 ~ 11pm 2nd HOUR

collage-albums

Blondie w/ Robert Fripp – “Heroes”
The Cramps – Thee Most Exalted Potentate Of Love
The Ramones – Chainsaw
The Strypes – Stormy Monday Blues
Live In Studio: BP Fallon & The Strypes – I Believe In Elvis Presley/I’m Still Gonna Drive You Home/I Believe In Elvis Presley
Live In Studio: The Strypes – Waiting For The End Of The World
Cliff Richard & The Drifters – My Babe
Jerry Lee Lewis & The Nashville Teens – Mean Woman Blues
Keith Richards – Gimmie Shelter

HEAR IT HERE 11pm ~ midnight 3rd HOUR

collage-albums

The Rolling Stones – Love In Vain
King Curtis & The Kingpins – Memphis Soul Stew
Little Stevie Wonder – Fingertips Pt 2
The White Stripes – I Fell In Love With A Girl
BP Fallon – Increasingly Often
Marc Bolan – Spaceball Ricochet
Leonard Cohen – Chelsea Hotel
Bob Dylan & The Band – Like A Rolling Stone

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Ed Smith (producer), Evan Walsh (Strypes drums/vocals), BP Fallon (DJing/vocals), Ross Farrelly (Strypes lead vocals/harmonica), Joss McClorey (Strypes guitar/vocals), Paul McLoone (DJing/Undertones lead vocals), Pete O’Hanlon (Strypes bass guitar/vocals) & Gavin Blake (sound). Photography by Niall Walsh

With many thanks to everyone ~ it was such a groove 🙂

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BP Fallon & Josh McClorey of The Strypes ~ maybe both of them will be live on the radio tonight ~ listen to hear!

Today Thurs Feb 19th 9pm to midnight GMT ~ in USA 4pm to 7pm EST ~ BP Fallon joins host Paul McLoone ~ plus special surprise guests ~ on the radio this evening to co-present ‘It’s Alive’ ~ three hours of the greatest live recordings by Primal Scream, MC5, Keith Richards, Jimi, Muddy, Hank, Dylan, JB, Sly, the world, whoever, all on stage and in your ears on the Paul McLoone Show on TodayFM.

This live records marathon is to celebrate the release of the superb live album ‘BP Fallon Live In Texas’.

‘BP Fallon Live In Texas’ buy now on iTunes only $8.99

Will there also be an amazing band playing live in the radio studio? Listen to find out!

HEAR TODAYFM HERE
Tonight ~ “It’s Alive!” 9pm to midnight GMT & in US 4pm to 7pm EST 🙂

BP Fallon & Paul McLoone “It’s Alive!” Three Hours Of The Greatest Live Recordings Live On The Radio
(TodayFM)

Love You Live x

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