Op-Ed: Why Weren’t The Ramones Called To Testify In The Phil Spector Case?


Friends of mine often ask me why I don’t tell some stories about all the bands I have worked with and dish out some dirt? Well, dig in! You would imagine in a trial like Phil Spector’s case, it would help the prosecution to call a character witness who had once had a gun pulled on them. In a VERY famous incident, while recording End Of The Century, Producer Phil Spector pulled a gun on the band and demanded they play wife Ronnie’s hit “Baby I Love You”.

Years ago, while working with Marky Ramone on a Misfits record, I said to Marky, “So why did Phil Spector pull a gun on you guys?” He replied with a very confrontational “HE DIDN’T PULL A GUN ON ME!!! IT WAS THOSE GUYS!!!!” I sheepishly backed down seeing that I had touched a nerve. Throughout the whole Spector trial, I was hoping one of the two surviving members of the band would get called to the bench. Sometime later it dawned on me why this would never happen: Marky adored Phil and wasn’t there for the incident, whereas Johnny is a Crazed Republican and probably supports the right to bear arms in these instances. It then became clear to me I would never hear Marky’s amazing accent on the stand and I was filled with sadness for the rest of that day. Apperantly, the prosecution didn’t need the help.

Jesse Cannon is the editor of Musformation. He produces records at his studio Cannon Found Soundation. Follow him on Twitter at @JesseCannonMusF. For more info please visit his website.