Frantz: “If I had to put all of these bands in order of their musical impact on me, I’d put the Ramones at number one. They were the first band that we ever played with as Talking Heads. When we did our audition at CBGBs, Hilly Kristal put us on before the Ramones. There were maybe 20 people in the audience – 10 were our friends, and 10 were the Ramones’ friends. It was quite a night.
“To me, they’re the ultimate when it comes to punk music. They had marvelous pop music melodies and, of course, those driving power chords. The drums were just perfect every time. And Joey, despite the intense volume that was around him, always managed to hit the notes. He was a very good singer. I always thought that was pretty bremarkable.”
Weymouth: “In terms of lyrics, they're right up there with Kraftwerk. Emil Schult wrote most of the lyrics for Kraftwerk, and Dee Dee Ramone wrote 99.9 percent of the lyrics for the Ramones. He was brilliant. I wish I could be as direct as he was. I’m much more introspective. Dee Dee was a remarkably prolific songwriter. And Joey, you know, he wasn’t bad himself.”