Watch this tribute to Joey Ramone and New York City
Say what you will about Joey Ramone’s commercially successful afterlife, the guy is still representing the best of New York City from past the grave. Today, BMG released this tribute to the rocker and the city he called home: a music video for Joey Ramone’s “New York City.”
Directed by Greg Jardin and made from over 1600 photos of native New Yorkers, the stop motion film features a cast of contemporary New York characters wearing iconic Ramones-style leather jackets, and posing on the streets and sidewalks across the five boroughs. Cameos range from comedians like Scott Adsit, John Lutz and Kristen Schaal, to musicians like Reggie Watts and Andrew WK, to Anthony Bourdain, along with Tommy Ramone, Joey’s brother Mickey Leigh and producer Ed Stasium.
The video precedes BMG’s release of the limited edition delux version of Joey Ramone’s latest posthumous album “…ya know?,” out November 23rd. Though the album wasn’t reviewed glowingly on its first release in May, this edition will include a DVD with brand new footage of Joey, along with interviews with Elvis Costello, Kirk Hammett, Deborah Harry, Anthony Kiedis, Thurston Moore, Joe Strummer, members of Rancid and more, which is enough to pique our interest. And to top it all off with a little kitsch, the kit will include a working 5″ green vinyl holiday ornament of “Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight).”
Enjoy the video; fist-pump to the heart for Joey and NYC.