The spirit of punk has been rendered mild, rather than wild, at the Queens Museums show dedicated to the legendary band.”>
Walking up to the Queens Museum, nestled in a bucolic park of the New York City borough, there was a mass of black-clad, middle-aged rockers, hipsters, and children sporting leopard print tights and sunglasses.
Well over a thousand people were in queue to see Hey! Ho! Lets Go, the museums new exhibition paying homage to the biggest thing to come from Queens, New York (besides the Mets, the U.S. Open, and the remnants of two Worlds Fairs)the contemptuous, black mop-headed punk band, Ramones.
Opening day guests were greeted by the juxtaposition of museum docents and two 20-something pop-punk bands that did not play Ramones covers, nor embody the charisma or talent of the Ramones.
In keeping with the anarchic spirit of punk rock, the show is free and open to the masses. But visitors will not find the authentic punk grime of Maxs Kansas City or the folkloric piles of CBGBs dog shit at this pristine establishment.
There are no bathrooms filled with junkies, no graffitied walls, no dank rooms filled with cigarette smoke and beer-swilling lushes.