The Ramey Memo, aged 9 years, passed away on March 16th, 2013 at The Rendezvous Bar in St. Joseph, MO. The Ramey Memo was born in 2004 when friends’ love of music led to the formation of the group.
The three member group made up of Garner Quillon on drums and vocals, Raye Lynn on bass and electric violin and Tyson Bottorff on guitar and vocals played what can be most closely be identified as “alternative rock” during their tenure. Lifelong members of the St. Joseph, MO music scene; the band never strayed from their hometown and were laid to rest in the very same city with several of their closest friends and fans present late into the night of Saturday, March 16th. They were preceded in departure by the groups The Koala Bear Syndrome, Misconception and Mary Tyler Morphine.
Left to mourn in the passing of The Ramey Memo is the band Two Piece Animator and two officially released albums, 300 Voices at King Hill Pub and Forget It as well as a rare, unreleased 3rd album. Known for their uncanny ability to induce heckling, The Ramey Memo have left behind more stories than could be expressed in a typical obituary. With songs about video games, baking brownies and Darth Vader they filled a unique void in the local music scene.
Their “Satanic Rock” song was conceived late in their career and was the last of several songs to land the group in hot water. The songs “God Damn Kids” “Learning Disabilities” “C.B. Sunday” “Sonic Radiation Dildo Warfare” and “I Fucked A Goat” had previously caused a stir. The group always failed to propel into stardom because of their unique way of taking on serious issues like retardation and beastiality. The group will always be one of the most misunderstood bands to ever grace the stages of St. Joseph, Missouri’s many venues.
The following is how the VocalsOnTop.com website described their final moments as a band:
“The Ramey Memo manned the stage they had played so many times before and played songs to devoted fans who wanted nothing more than to have another show to go to by the band. In contrast, drummer Garner Quillon would gladly sing songs for the last time while Raye Lynn concentrated on her music and Tyson Bottorff was likely only able to hold back tears because he had sweated out all of his bodily fluids. Ramey would melt faces with all of their most popular songs and some carefully selected covers. The fans have always played a big role in the band’s shows. The awkward silences after songs are a common reaction to the band and likely the groups favorite part of shows.”
In lieu of flowers, it is suggested that people wishing to pay their respects do so by watching YouTube videos of the group and going to see the band Two Piece Animator.