The irony of writing an uplifting pop tune only days before he fell
seriously ill is hardly lost on former
Ramones singer Joey Ramone.
"I wrote it right before I ended up in the hospital," Ramone said about
his first crack at a solo track, a
song entitled "Don't Worry About Me." Ramone said he penned the track
not long before he ended up
in the intensive care unit of a New York hospital last month, suffering
from an undisclosed illness.
"Like, I wrote that song sort-of in response to people telling me they
were worried about what I would
do after the Ramones," said Ramone, who parted ways with the other three
members of the seminal
New York punk band in 1997 after a 22-year career. "And I finished it,
and then I ended up in the
hospital. It was definitely ironic. But I guess it works both ways."
Ramone, who said he's still recuperating at home and feeling better,
hasn't yet begun work on a
full-fledged solo album. But he added that the experience of writing the
new track whet his appetite.
"People have been asking for it, but who knows? I'm just trying to get
well now and keep a positive
While he said he is appreciative of all the fan support and concern
shown in the wake of his serious
illness, Ramone explained that he is reluctant to discuss the specifics
of his condition for now. "I'm just
trying to get well, you know?" he said. "And I just don't want any
negativity in my life right now, but
I'm glad people are concerned, that's nice."
Prior to his illness, the lanky mop-topped Ramone had spent time in the
studio with longtime producer
Daniel Rey, co-producing four tracks with idol Ronnie "Be My Baby"
Spector as well as the upcoming
album from his pals in the horror-ska band the Independents.
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