To The Ramones -Dustin’s Bar Mitzvah

“You made me walk through the pouring rain to come round to your place, you said it would sound better if you told me to my face”

Dustin’s Bar Mitzvah knew what they were doing. They did not expect to be playing arena shows in ten years and be on the list of nominees for the hall of fame in twenty.

Dustin’s Bar Mitzvah knew this was a phase. They boshed out three singles, a demo compilation in Japan (Dial M for Mitzvah) and a debut album in 2006. And then they were gone. They had a blindingly good time taking the sound of suburban Acton (Lahndahn Engerland) on tour in the back of beaten up old transit van for a hot minute a dozen years ago. And that was it.

The song is about being dumped. It’s about dealing with rejection through punk and it’s a tribute to the greatest band wot ever was. I heard it at the time and have loved it ever since because it sounds how it feels.

There’s no major guitar hero in DBM. There’s not an amazing drummer nor a boogie man bass player. There’s a singer with snot where he should have range ………………and yet, they’ve made one of my all time favourite records in To The Ramones. It sounds how it should. It’s fun, its funny, it’s sad and it’s exciting. It could have been recorded in 1977 or 2019 or any time in between.  

“Now I can’t wait to go home, so I can listen to the Ramones, lie down on my bed and get your voice out of my head”

It also serves really well as a way of teeing up a record by the real deal R.A.M.O.N.E.S Ramones!


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