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You Need This: Ramones Bobbleheads!

Iggy Pop has his own action figure but now, Johnny and Dee Dee Ramone have likewise been immortalized into little tschotskes not unlike the Bill Clinton phallic corkscrew or the Obama Chia Pet: the two punks have been rendered (some might say finally) as bobblehead figures.

There are those among us who will remember the first time the Ramones played San Diego. It was in 1977 at the Backdoor on the San Diego State University campus with the New York Dolls. It is not known whether the Ramones actually liked SDSU, but the punk quartet from Queens would return six more times over the years, perhaps most notably in 1978 when a local punks the Penetrators opened for them.

In 1980 during a Ramones concert staged in the larger Montezuma Hall (they’d outgrown the Backdoor) an SDSU archaeologist and rock historian named Jamie Lennox told the Reader that “the crowd rushed the stage and actually caused it to move, band and all, and moshing caused structural damage to Montezuma Hall.”

The Ramones were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002, the same year that Dee Dee Ramone (Douglas Colvin) died. Johnny Ramone (John Cummings) died two years later.

Be the first on your block: other rockers thus immortalized by Aggronautix include San Diegan Mojo Nixon, Elvis, every member of KISS, Jacko, Jim Morrison, Jimi, (what – no Janice?) a GG Allin doll that appears to be smeared with blood and, ahh, well, you know, a Jello Biafra bobblehead, and there’s even an action figure of Eddie, the frightful mascot from Iron Maiden.

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I pause to think about how much of a staple these things have been in my life.

Iggy Pop has his own action figure but now, Johnny and Dee Dee Ramone have likewise been immortalized into little tschotskes not unlike the Bill Clinton phallic corkscrew or the Obama Chia Pet: the two punks have been rendered (some might say finally) as bobblehead figures.

There are those among us who will remember the first time the Ramones played San Diego. It was in 1977 at the Backdoor on the San Diego State University campus with the New York Dolls. It is not known whether the Ramones actually liked SDSU, but the punk quartet from Queens would return six more times over the years, perhaps most notably in 1978 when a local punks the Penetrators opened for them.

In 1980 during a Ramones concert staged in the larger Montezuma Hall (they’d outgrown the Backdoor) an SDSU archaeologist and rock historian named Jamie Lennox told the Reader that “the crowd rushed the stage and actually caused it to move, band and all, and moshing caused structural damage to Montezuma Hall.”

The Ramones were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002, the same year that Dee Dee Ramone (Douglas Colvin) died. Johnny Ramone (John Cummings) died two years later.

Be the first on your block: other rockers thus immortalized by Aggronautix include San Diegan Mojo Nixon, Elvis, every member of KISS, Jacko, Jim Morrison, Jimi, (what – no Janice?) a GG Allin doll that appears to be smeared with blood and, ahh, well, you know, a Jello Biafra bobblehead, and there’s even an action figure of Eddie, the frightful mascot from Iron Maiden.

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