Marky Ramone: ‘Phil Spector didn’t hold a gun to us’

Drummer speaks about his time in the producer's mansion

Former Ramones drummer Marky Ramone has claimed that despite rumours, producer Phil Spector never held a gun to the band’s heads while they were recording their 1980 album, ‘End Of The Century’.

According to rumours Spector held the band hostage at gunpoint during fraught recording sessions. However, in a new NME.COM video, which you can watch by clicking below, the drummer has attempted to quash the rumours.

“There were no guns pointed at anybody,” he said. “They [guns] were there but he had a license to carry.


“He never held us hostage. We could have left at any time. We had the keys.

In the video Marky Ramone also talked about the clash in political ideals he had with his bandmates, describing Johnny and Dee Dee Ramone as “fanatics”.

He said, “I’m a Democrat, Joey was a Democrat. Johnny and Dee Dee were staunch, avid right wing conservative fanatics. Our political views were definitely different.”

Watch the full video interview by clicking below.

var config = new Array();config[“videoId”> = 3449474001; config[“videoRef”> = null;config[“lineupId”> = null; config[“playerTag”> = null; config[“autoStart”> = false; config[“preloadBackColor”> = “#FFFFFF”; config[“width”> = 486; config[“height”> = 412; config[“playerId”> = 1670076655; createExperience(config, 8);