MARKY RAMONE AND THE SPEEDKINGS Legends Bleed (Thirsty Ear) Rating: NNN Rating: NNN
In light of all that's gone on with the Ramones recently -- two deaths, one Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame induction -- you've gotta hand it to Marky Ramone for refusing to grow old gracefully. He's still kicking and pounding. It's interesting that this band should be named Marky Ramone and the Speedkings, considering that he's not the frontman, but then again, few people would give the Legends Bleed disc a second glance if it didn't bear the Ramones hallmark. But the Speedkings, with vocalist Nick Cooper, guitarist Dee Skywalker and bassist Steven Jay, exhibit some flash of their own with great guitars and hard-ass vocals. The songs are fun in an adolescent way and regularly slip into Ramones territory. In addition, four bonus Ramones live tracks are included. Marky Ramone and the Speedkings hit Healey's March 2.