I normally wouldn’t follow up a recent post on inane Ramones trivia with another post about inane Ramones trivia, but while waiting for the Third Avenue bus with my kids earlier this week, I was struck by another arguably crucial revelation from Marky Ramone’s book that illuminated a question I’d posed here on Flaming Pablum a while back.
Those with a disarming amount of untapped cerebellum in their skulls may remember an entry I posted back in 2013, wherein I speculated that both the cover of Blondie’s Autoamerican and the video for the Ramones’ “We Want the Airwaves” took place on the roof top of 108 Leonard Street, otherwise known as the Clocktower Gallery.
Well, as it turned out, that was incorrect in both instances. The cover of Autoamerican — though a painting — was based on photographs snapped on the roof of a building on 8th Street and Broadway (see that whole explanation by clicking here and scrolling down).
Meanwhile, the Ramones did film a video on the Clocktower Gallery rooftop, but it wasn’t for “We Want the Airwaves.” It was for their cover of the theme from the “Spider-Man” cartoon. It’s a fun little clip, apart from the segments featuring Drew Barrymore needlessly expounding on a cartoon series that was on the air well before she was born. Here `tis…
For the longest while, I never did determine where the video for “We Want the Airwaves” was shot — but, once again, leave it to Marky Ramone’s “Punk Rock Blitzkrieg” to divulge the details.
According to Marky, the video for “Airwaves” was shot on the roof of Joey’s apartment building at the time, that being 115 East 9th Street (the big building below as seen from Third Avenue). That actually makes more sense, given the visual proximity to nearby landmarks like the Consolidated Edison clock tower on the corner of 14th Street and Irving Place.
Anyway, now ya know. Here it is, once again.
And, because no one asked for it....here are more videos filmed on Manhattan rooftops!