Watch gloriously wholesome footage of The Ramones appearing on the ‘Regis and Kathie Lee Show’ in 1988
We’re stepping back into the Far Out Magazine archives to revisit what might be one of the most unusual television appearances of all time.
The Ramones, the uncompromising punk rock born out of the New York City neighbourhood of Forest Hills in Queens in 1974, made a surreal appearance on the ‘Regis and Kathie Lee’ in 1988. The Morning Show, a major primetime spot in mainstream television, enjoyed success by boasting light, heartwarming and wholesome content for millions of people.
However, when households around the country spotted the appearance of Joey, Dee Dee, Johnny and Marky Ramone most held their breath in anticipation while covering the ears of children for fear of what might come next. In truth, however, the punks warmed to the interview in humble fashion and enjoyed a remarkably insightful conversation.
Particular highlights included Regis Philbin asking: “Who writes these songs, ‘I Wanna Be Sedated’ and ‘Teenage Lobotomy?’ Do you guys write them?” which resulted in chuckles from both the crowd and the band. “Can you give me the lyrics to ‘Teenage Lobotomy?” Just talk them,” he added. Hilariously, as Joey Ramone attempted to read out the lyrics, even he couldn’t hold back spits of laughter at the absurdity of the situation.
Discussions about material, live shows and performing at European music festivals followed before bass player Dee Dee Ramone, located on the end of the line, stepped up to steal the show. After insisting that he was feeling “very jolly”, Dee Dee dodged questions about groupies directed at him by Kathie Lee and instead discussed his ten-year marriage.
Asked how his wife would feel about female fans, he simply replied: “My wife will punch them in the nose.”