Talking Heads drummer Chris Frantz has written a tribute piece to his late friend Thomas Erdelyi following The Ramones star's death last month (Jul14). The two punk icons became friends when Talking Heads toured with The Ramones in the 1970s and Frantz reveals Erdelyi, aka Tommy Ramone, was too serious for the exploding punk scene.
In a piece written for the new issue of Rolling Stone magazine, Frantz recalls, "He had a seriousness about him that was different from most people in the business. The other Ramones deferred to him because he had the experience and the leadership qualities the others didn't quite have.
"As time wore on, it was not fun for Tommy. This was the time of gobbing (spitting) as a sign of approval, and they'd have to wipe down his drum set after shows. He didn't like the spit part at all. So I wasn't surprised when he decided to give up his post and let Marky Ramone take over in 1978."
Erdelyi lost his battle with cancer on 11 July (14), aged 65.
An instrumental track Talking Heads played at New York's fabled CBGB club in the 1970s has resurfaced, decades after it was thought to have been lost. The new wave band, then comprised of frontman David Byrne, drummer Chris Frantz and bassist Tina Weymouth, debuted the song, dubbed Theme, while supporting fellow rockers Television on 30 July, 1976.
It never featured on any of the band's releases, but 37 years later, it has appeared online.
The piece, uploaded to fansite Talking-Heads.net, opens with Byrne announcing, "This is an instrumental." An audience member asks, "No title?" to which the singer replies, "We call it Theme, but then we just keep it to ourselves."