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From Ramones to Johnny Cash: The Far Out Weekly Playlist

The weekly playlist wraps up the previous seven days across the Far Out website and brings it all together into one handy place. Whether this is a thirst for new tunes or an old favourite with a landmark celebration, here is the one-stop shop for all your music needs.

Over the past week, there have been several momentous occasions worth celebrating, and here they all are in one handy location. Sadly, this week marked 20 years since we lost one of punk’s great characters and a bonafide legend of music, Joey Ramone. We took a look at the crazy life and tormented times of the punk demigod, examining how a kid from Forest Hills ended up becoming the poster boy for a whole sub-culture that changed the world.

Ramone was born Jeffrey Ross Hyman on May 19th, 1951, to a Jewish family in Queens, New York. He came into the world with a partially formed parasitic twin growing out of his back. Thus, his first hours after abseiling from the mother cave and into capricious existence were spent in lifesaving surgery. He grew up with his brother, Mickey Leigh, attending Forest Hills High School, where he met his future Ramones bandmates.

He was happy and contented as the perennial outsider. Aged 18, he would be diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder and schizophrenia. In 1974, he would form the Ramones and inexplicably, irrevocably and entirely inadvertently, change the world. 

On the same day of the anniversary, it was announced that SNL star Pete Davidson is to play Ramone in an upcoming Netflix biopic about the punk-rock pioneer.

April 16th marked the 57th anniversary of The Rolling Stones sharing their eponymous debut album with the world. Simultaneously, the album is far from The Stones’ finest hour; it still marked a pivotal moment in their career. Rather than dissecting the record in depth, instead Far Out focussed on how George Harrison was the catalyst in The Stones getting their deal with Decca Records.

Harrison made an appearance as a judge on a talent show on a panel alongside, full of local Liverpool bands hoping to replicate the Fab Four’s success. Harrison, unimpressed by what he had seen on the day, explained that none of the groups performing in the talent show was comparable with The Rolling Stones, who he had seen a few days prior. Rowe leapt out of his chair, drove down to London, and signed The Stones on the spot through Harrison’s recommendation.

On April 19th, 1963, Johnny Cash shared his ever-lasting anthem, ‘Ring Of Fire’, which became one of the biggest hits of his career. Due to its iconic composition, the track has spawned many covers. The irony of this track, which is one of Cash’s best-loved, is that it was technically a cover of sorts in itself, and we took a look at the five finest takes on the classic effort.

‘Ring Of Fire’ was initially written by June Carter and Merle Kilgore and was first recorded by June’s sister, Anita, on her 1963 album Folk Songs Old and New, entitled ‘(Love’s) Ring of Fire’. Although the title sounds foreboding, invoking a wicked biblical image from the Middle Ages, the term actually refers to falling in love.

Far Out also welcomed rising Scottish singer-songwriter Rianne Downey to our ‘New Noise’ feature, who spoke to us about her rise. Managing to break through as an artist during the pandemic is less than ideal, and the traditional gatekeeping measures in place have vanished. While almost every artist has uploaded an acoustic cover onto social media at some point over the last twelve months, few have caught flames in the same way as Downey.

Downey’s story shows there’s nothing to lose by using social media to your advantage as a musician, but there’s everything to gain. Her two singles so far show she’s much more than a covers singer and is a true artist in her own right. Considering how far she’s already grown in the last twelve months, and the loyal army of fans she’s built up, who knows just how bright the future will be following the release of her debut EP this summer.

Find the playlist, below.

The Far Out Weekly Playlist:

  • Beastie Boys – ‘Sabotage’
  • Deep Purple – ‘Highway Star’
  • London Grammar – ‘Lose Your Head’
  • Rianne Downey – ‘Stand My Ground’
  • Arcade Fire – ‘We Used To Wait’
  • Ramones – ‘Blitzkrieg Bop’
  • EOB – ‘Brasil’
  • Dusty Springfield – ‘Take Another Little Piece Of My Heart’
  • Rolling Stones – ‘You Can Make It If You Try’
  • Eddie Cochran – ‘Summertime Blues’
  • Wings – ‘My Love’
  • Nirvana – ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’
  • Johnny Cash – ‘Ring Of Fire’
  • John Lennon – ‘Stand By Me’
  • Jefferson Airplane – ‘White Rabbit’