It is kind of fitting that Hello Phones is covering The Ramones, The Ramones were the quintessential NYC band, they are a bunch of mooks from Queens. Hello Phones has a similar feel to them. You can tell these fuckers were born and breed in NYC. Their music captures that energy and the way it feels to live in this city and truly experience it.
A few years back I was lucky enough to go to Joey Ramone's apartment, a friend was working with Joey's brother and he had us up to discuss the project. I was amazed at how New York his apartment was. It wasn't the New York you would expect for a punk icon. There were no squatters, no needles or rats, the place was in order, unassuming and really rather simple. A small one bedroom right around Astor Place. As with most things NYC you judge the value on its location, and this was a valuable location.
That is the thing about New York. Most people think of it as this epic metropolis where celebrities and icons live above the clouds, but the truth is they live right next door in little one bedroom apartments. More than anything NYC is a small town disguised as a big city. Sure it is cooler than most small towns but it still comes down to the people you live with. Hello Phones embody the small town New York sound and own the energy of being fortunate enough to live in this exciting city.
For some reason it seemed like "Naked in New York" was on every other night at 2am for what seemed like years on cable. At 2am it was usually was the best thing going, which is pretty easy since everything else at that time is either infomercials or some kind of monotony like NY1 or an ESPN reel. It would often end up on the TV while I was doing something else like playing guitar or surfing the web but I have watched it through at least twice. It's actually a well done movie, better than most run of the mill romantic comedies. And oh Yeah Tony Curtis is in it. After writing my first draft I Wiki'ed the movie and then realized David Johansen is in it as well. I also read that Tony Curtis was a deadbeat. Dammed internets are always running my perception of people. I initially thought this was directed by Martin Scorcese, then the internets informed me that he in fact was only the executive producer. That made me feel a lot better. Ralph Macchio is also in this flick and he is pretty hard to dislike, unless you were those dudes from Karate Kid who just wanted to snuff him just because he was new in town. All in all the movie reminds me of another time in my life so I guess it it's nostalgic for me personally. The Ramones "Rockaway Beach" is on this soundtrack so we thought this would be a good fit . We are a band from Queens and The Ramones are "The" Band from Queens. They are such legends to us literally it blows our minds that we grew up so close to them. We saw this as an opportunity to cover one of their songs and just decided to have fun with it which we did. The Mix is raw which is how we think it should be. Enjoy.