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Tommy Ramone & Hungary's U.S. Ambassador Punk Out for Peace

Tommy Ramone (right) howling with
Rolling Stone writer Chuck Young
at Hungarian Embassy in Washington, DC

Tommy Ramone, the sole surving member of the seminal punk band The Ramones, was born Tamás Erdély in Budapest and left at age seven in 1956 to live in Queens. Who knew? In some bizarre home-coming ritual, he appeared last week at the Hungarian Embassy in Washington, DC, where he, the Hungarian Ambassador and wannabe rocker András Simonyi, the U.S. Ambassador to Russia Alexander Vershbow, and Rolling Stone writer Chuck Young, cranked out tribute versions of "Blitzkrieg Bop," "Beat on the Brat" and "Let's Dance" in some friendship ritual from planet Zorg. Details, photos, video and sound clips variously on Bruner Blog, Pestiside, Index.hu, the Hungarian Embassy's site and NPR.

Rick E. Bruner | East Euro Current News | Nov 22, 2004 | Comments (2)


That's Tommy Ramone?!!? Looks quite 'diplomatic' in that bad suit.

My dad met Andras the ambassador and said he was cool.

Must be a real dreamer: he was in my hometown to try to get direct Malev service between Budapest and Rockford. The whole thing just sort of dissipated into nothing, like I knew it would. Rockfordians just don't travel, and I'm not sure many Hungarians would want to fly to one of the armpits of the Midwest.

Drew | Dec 1, 2004

keep rockin tommy

james imre lenar | Jul 17, 2005