Johnny Ramone, the legendary Ramones guitarist who died on September 15, was a self-described Reagan Republican and fan of George W. Bush. Try to cram that into your pigeon hole.
He was a rebel in a rebel's world, though. Johnny Ramone was a fiercely Republican-voting, NRA-supporting musician in a milieu that is remarkable for its embrace of all things left.
Johnny went worldwide public with his partisanship in 2002, when the Ramones were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. At the microphone to give props to the people who made it all possible, he offered his own version of a Michael Moore moment.
"God bless President Bush, and God bless America," he said, clad in his trademark T-shirt, ripped blue jeans and leather jacket.
"I said that to counter those other speeches at the other awards," Mr. Ramone says in a phone interview.
Oct. 10, 2004 0:05 amPUNK IS DEAD. I CAN'T BELIEVE THIS SITE IS FULL OF JESUS FREAKS AND YOUNG REPUBLICANS. WHAT THE FUCK HAPPENED? FORGET KERRY, FORGET CLINTON, FORGET JIMMY CARTER. WHAT'S SO PUNK ABOUT SUCKING BUSH'S DICK?