The Ramones[a] have been an American punk rock band that fashioned within the New York Metropolis neighborhood of Forest Hills, Queens, in 1974. They’re typically cited as the primary true punk rock group.[1][2] Regardless of attaining solely restricted business success initially, the band was extremely influential in the US, Argentina, Brazil and most of South America, in addition to Europe, together with the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, Sweden and Belgium.

The entire band members adopted pseudonyms ending with the surname “Ramone”, though none of them have been biologically associated; they have been impressed by Paul McCartney of The Beatles, who would examine into motels as “Paul Ramon”. The Ramones carried out 2,263 live shows, touring nearly nonstop for 22 years.[2] In 1996, after a tour with the Lollapalooza music competition, they performed a farewell live performance in Los Angeles and disbanded.[3] By 2014, all 4 of the band’s authentic members had died – lead singer Joey Ramone (1951–2001), bassist Dee Dee Ramone (1951–2002), guitarist Johnny Ramone (1948–2004) and drummer Tommy Ramone (1949–2014).[4][5][6][7] The remaining surviving members of the Ramones—bassist C. J. Ramone (who changed Dee Dee in 1989 and stayed with the band till its dissolution) and drummers Marky Ramone, Richie Ramone and Elvis Ramone—are nonetheless musically energetic.

Recognition of the band’s significance constructed over time.[8] The Ramones ranked quantity 26 in Rolling Stone journal’s record of the “100 Biggest Artists of All Time”[9] and quantity 17 in VH1’s “100 Biggest Artists of Arduous Rock”.[10] In 2002, the Ramones have been ranked the second-greatest band of all time by Spin, trailing solely The Beatles.[11] On March 18, 2002, the unique 4 members and Tommy’s alternative on drums, Marky Ramone, have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Corridor of Fame of their first 12 months of eligibility, although Joey had died by then.[2][12] In 2011, the group was awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.[13][14]

Historical past

Formation (1974–1975)

Forest Hills Excessive College, attended by the 4 authentic members of the Ramones

The unique members of the band met in and across the middle-class neighborhood of Forest Hills within the New York Metropolis borough of Queens. John Cummings and Thomas Erdelyi had each been in a high-school storage band from 1965 to 1967 often called the Tangerine Puppets.[15] They grew to become buddies with Douglas Colvin, who had lately moved to the world from Germany,[16] and Jeffrey Hyman, who was the singer for the glam rock band Sniper, based in 1972.[17][18][19]

The Ramones started taking form in early 1974 when Cummings and Colvin invited Hyman to affix them in a band. Colvin needed to play guitar and sing, Cummings would additionally play guitar and Hyman would play drums. The lineup was to be accomplished with their pal Richie Stern on bass. Nonetheless, after only some rehearsals it grew to become clear that Richie Stern couldn’t play bass, so along with singing, Colvin switched from guitar to bass and Cummings grew to become the one guitarist.[20] Colvin was the primary to undertake the title “Ramone”, calling himself Dee Dee Ramone. He was impressed by Paul McCartney’s use of the pseudonym Paul Ramon throughout his Silver Beetles days.[21][22] Dee Dee satisfied the opposite members to tackle the title and got here up with the thought of calling the band the Ramones.[23] Hyman and Cummings grew to become Joey and Johnny Ramone, respectively.[23]

A pal of the band, Monte A. Melnick (later their tour supervisor), helped to rearrange rehearsal time for them at Manhattan’s Efficiency Studios, the place he labored. Johnny’s former bandmate Erdelyi was set to develop into their supervisor. Quickly after the band was fashioned, Dee Dee realized that he couldn’t sing and play his bass guitar concurrently; with Erdelyi’s encouragement, Joey grew to become the band’s new lead singer.[21] Dee Dee would proceed, nonetheless, to rely off every track’s tempo together with his signature rapid-fire shout of “1-2-3-4!” Joey quickly equally realized that he couldn’t sing and play drums concurrently and left the place of drummer. Whereas auditioning potential replacements, Erdelyi would typically take to the drums and reveal methods to play the songs. It grew to become obvious that he was in a position to carry out the group’s music higher than anybody else, and he joined the band as Tommy Ramone.[24]

The Ramones performed earlier than an viewers for the primary time on March 30, 1974, at Efficiency Studios.[2] The songs they performed have been very quick and really quick; most clocked in at beneath two minutes. Round this time, a brand new music scene was rising in New York centered on two golf equipment in downtown Manhattan—Max’s Kansas Metropolis and, extra famously, CBGB (normally known as CBGB’s). The Ramones made their CBGB debut on August 16, 1974.[25] Legs McNeil, who cofounded Punk journal the next 12 months, later described the influence of that efficiency: “They have been all sporting these black leather-based jackets. They usually counted off this track … and it was simply this wall of noise … They appeared so putting. These guys weren’t hippies. This was one thing fully new.”[26]

The band swiftly grew to become regulars on the membership, taking part in there seventy-four occasions by the top of the 12 months. After garnering appreciable consideration for his or her performances—which averaged about seventeen minutes from starting to finish—the group was signed to a recording contract in late 1975 by Seymour Stein of Sire Data. Sire A&R man Craig Leon[27] noticed the band and introduced them to the eye of the label. Stein’s spouse, Linda Stein, noticed the band play at Moms; she would later co-manage them together with Danny Fields.[28] By this time, the Ramones have been acknowledged as leaders of the brand new scene that was more and more being known as “punk”.[29][30] The group’s uncommon frontman had lots to do with their influence. As Dee Dee defined, “All the opposite singers [in New York] have been copying David Johansen [of the New York Dolls], who was copying Mick Jagger … However Joey was distinctive, completely distinctive.”[31]

Spearheading punk (1976–1977)

Ramones performing in Toronto in 1976

April 1976 situation of Punk. The duvet picture of Joey, by Punk cofounder John Holmstrom, was impressed by the work of comedian e-book artist Will Eisner.[33] Holmstrom would go on to do album artwork for Rocket to Russia and Highway to Break.[34]

The Ramones recorded their debut album, Ramones, in February 1976. Of the fourteen songs on the album, the longest, “I Do not Wanna Go Right down to the Basement”, barely surpassed two and a half minutes. Whereas the songwriting credit have been shared by the whole band, and every member did contribute some writing, a lot of the writing was accomplished by Dee Dee.[35][36] The Ramones album was produced by Sire’s Craig Leon, with Tommy as affiliate producer, on an especially low finances of about $6,400 and launched in April.[37] The now iconic entrance cowl {photograph} of the band was taken by Roberta Bayley, a photographer for Punk journal.[38] Punk, which was largely liable for codifying the time period for the scene rising round CBGB, ran a canopy story on the Ramones in its third situation, the identical month because the file’s launch.[33][39]

The Ramones’ debut album was greeted by rock critics with glowing opinions. The Village Voices Robert Christgau wrote, “I like this file—like it—though I do know these boys flirt with photographs of brutality (Nazi particularly) … For me, it blows all the pieces else off the radio”.[40] In Rolling Stone, Paul Nelson described it as “constructed nearly completely of rhythm tracks of an exhilarating depth rock & roll has not skilled since its earliest days.” Characterizing the band as “genuine American primitives whose work needs to be heard to be understood”, he declared, “It’s time fashionable music adopted the opposite arts in honoring its primitives.”[41] Newsdays Wayne Robbins merely anointed the Ramones as “one of the best younger rock ‘n’ roll band within the recognized universe.”[42]

Regardless of Sire’s excessive hopes for it,[43] Ramones was not a business success, reaching solely quantity 111 on the Billboard album chart.[44] The 2 singles issued from the album, “Blitzkrieg Bop” and “I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend”, did not chart. On the band’s first main efficiency outdoors of New York, a June date in Youngstown, Ohio, members of Cleveland punk legends Frankenstein aka the Lifeless Boys have been current and struck up a friendship with the band.[45] It was not till they made a quick tour of England that they started to see the fruits of their labor; a efficiency on the Roundhouse in London on July 4, 1976, second-billed to the Flamin’ Groovies, organized by Linda Stein, was a powerful success.[46] T-Rex chief Marc Bolan was in attendance on the Roundhouse present and was invited on stage.[47][48] Their Roundhouse look and a membership date the next night time—the place the band met members of the Intercourse Pistols and the Conflict—helped impress the burgeoning UK punk rock scene.[4] The Flamin’ Groovies/Ramones double invoice was efficiently reprised on the Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles the next month, fueling the punk scene there as effectively. The Ramones have been turning into an more and more fashionable stay act—a Toronto efficiency in September energized one more rising punk scene.[49]

Their subsequent two albums, Depart Dwelling and Rocket to Russia, have been launched in 1977. Each have been produced by Tommy and Tony Bongiovi, the second cousin of Jon Bon Jovi.[50] Depart Dwelling met with even much less chart success than Ramones, although it did embrace “Pinhead”, which grew to become one of many band’s signature songs with its chanted chorus of “Gabba gabba hey!” Depart Dwelling additionally included a fast-paced cowl of the oldie “California Solar”, written by Henry Glover & Morris Levy, and initially recorded by Joe Jones,[51] although the Ramones based mostly their model on the remake by the Rivieras. Rocket to Russia was the band’s highest-charting album so far, reaching quantity 49 on the Billboard 200.[52] In Rolling Stone, critic Dave Marsh referred to as it “one of the best American rock & roll of the 12 months”.[53] The album additionally featured the primary Ramones single to enter the Billboard charts (albeit solely as excessive as quantity 81): “Sheena Is a Punk Rocker”. The follow-up single, “Rockaway Seaside”, reached quantity 66—the very best any Ramones single would ever attain in America. On December 31, 1977, the Ramones recorded It is Alive, a stay live performance double album, on the Rainbow Theatre, London, which was launched in April 1979 (the title is a reference to the 1974 horror movie of the identical title).[54]

Transitional interval (1978–1983)

Joey Ramone, c. 1980

Tommy, uninterested in touring, left the band in early 1978. He continued because the Ramones’ file producer beneath his delivery title of Erdelyi. His place as drummer was crammed by Marc Bell, who had been a member of the early Seventies exhausting rock band Mud, Wayne County,[55] and the pioneering punk group Richard Hell & the Voidoids.[56] Bell adopted the title Marky Ramone. Later that 12 months, the band launched their fourth studio album, and first with Marky, Highway to Break. The album, co-produced by Tommy with Ed Stasium, included some new sounds corresponding to acoustic guitar, a number of ballads, and the band’s first two recorded songs longer than three minutes. It failed to achieve the Billboard High 100. Nonetheless, “I Wanna Be Sedated”, which appeared each on the album and as a single, would develop into one of many band’s best-known songs.[57] The art work on the album’s cowl was accomplished by Punk journal cofounder John Holmstrom.[58]

After the band’s film debut in Roger Corman’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Excessive College (1979), famend producer Phil Spector got interested within the Ramones and produced their 1980 album Finish of the Century. There’s a long-disputed rumor that through the recording periods in Los Angeles, Spector held Johnny at gunpoint, forcing him to repeatedly play a riff.[59] Although it was to be the highest-charting album within the band’s historical past—reaching quantity 44 in the US and quantity 14 in Nice Britain—Johnny made clear that he favored the band’s extra aggressive punk materials: “Finish of the Century was simply watered-down Ramones. It is not the true Ramones.”[60] This stance was additionally conveyed by the title and monitor choice of the compilation album Johnny later oversaw, Loud, Quick Ramones: Their Hardest Hits. Regardless of these reservations, Johnny did concede that a few of Spector’s work with the band had benefit, saying “It actually labored when he acquired to a slower track like ‘Danny Says’—the manufacturing actually labored tremendously. ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Radio’ is de facto good. For the tougher stuff, it did not work as effectively.”[61] The string-laden Ronettes cowl “Child, I Love You” launched as a single, grew to become the band’s greatest hit in Nice Britain, reaching quantity 8 on the charts.[62]

Nice Desires, the band’s sixth album, was launched in 1981. It continued the development established by Finish of the Century, taking the band farther from the uncooked punk sound of its early information. As described by Trouser Press, the album, produced by Graham Gouldman of UK pop act 10cc, moved the Ramones “away from their pioneering minimalism into heavy steel territory”.[63] Johnny would contend on reflection that this route was a file firm choice, a continued futile try to get airplay on American radio.[1] Whereas Nice Desires reached quantity 58 on the U.S. chart, its two singles did not register in any respect.[64]

Subterranean Jungle, produced by Ritchie Cordell and Glen Kolotkin, was launched in 1983.[65] In accordance with Trouser Press, it introduced the band “again to the place they as soon as belonged: junky ’60s pop adjusted for present tastes”, which amongst different issues meant “easing off the breakneck rhythm that was as soon as Ramones dogma.”[63] Billy Rogers, who had carried out with Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers, performed drums on the album’s second single, a canopy of the Chambers Brothers’ “Time Has Come At the moment”, turning into the one track displaying three totally different drummers: Rogers on recording, Marky on album credit and Richie on video clip.[66] Subterranean Jungle peaked at quantity 83 in the US—it will be the final album by the band to crack the Billboard High 100.[67][68] In 2002, Rhino Data launched a brand new model of it with seven bonus tracks.[69]

Shuffling members (1983–1989)

Joey and Dee Dee Ramone in live performance, 1983

Ramones performing in São Paulo in 1987

After the discharge of Subterranean Jungle, Marky was fired from the band as a consequence of his alcoholism.[70] He was changed by Richard Reinhardt, who adopted the title Richie Ramone. Joey Ramone remarked that “[Richie] saved the band so far as I am involved. He is the best factor to occur to the Ramones. He put the spirit again within the band.”[71] Richie is the one Ramones drummer to sing lead vocals on Ramones songs, together with “(You) Cannot Say Something Good” in addition to the unreleased “Elevator Operator”. Joey Ramone commented, “Richie’s very gifted and he is very numerous … He actually strengthened the band 100% as a result of he sings backing tracks, he sings lead, and he sings with Dee Dee’s stuff. Up to now, it was at all times simply me singing for probably the most half.”[72] Richie was additionally the one drummer to be the only real composer of Ramones songs together with their hit “Someone Put One thing in My Drink” in addition to “Smash You”, “Humankind”, “I am Not Jesus”, “I Know Higher Now” and “(You) Cannot Say Something Good”. Joey Ramone supported Richie’s songwriting contributions: “I inspired Richie to jot down songs. I figured it will make him really feel extra part of the group, as a result of we by no means let anyone else write our songs.”[73][74] Richie’s composition, “Someone Put One thing in My Drink”, remained a staple within the Ramones set record till their final present in 1996 and was included within the album Loud, Quick Ramones: Their Hardest Hits.[75] The eight-song bonus disc, The Ramones Smash You: Dwell ’85, can also be named after Richie’s composition “Smash You”.

The primary album the Ramones recorded with Richie was Too Powerful to Die in 1984, with Tommy Erdelyi and Ed Stasium returning as producers. The album marked a shift to one thing just like the band’s authentic sound. Within the description of Allmusic’s Stephen Thomas Erlewine, the “rhythms are again as much as jackhammer velocity and the songs are all the way down to quick, terse statements.”[76]

The band’s predominant launch of 1985 was the British single “Bonzo Goes to Bitburg”; although it was accessible in the US solely as an import, it was performed broadly on American school radio.[77] The track was written, primarily by Joey, in protest of Ronald Reagan’s go to to a German army cemetery, which included graves of Waffen SS troopers.[78] Retitled “My Mind Is Hanging Upside Down (Bonzo Goes to Bitburg)”, the track appeared on the band’s ninth studio album, Animal Boy (1986). Produced by Jean Beauvoir, previously a member of the Plasmatics, the album was characterised by a Rolling Stone reviewer as “nonstop primal fuzz pop”.[79] Making it his choose for “album of the week”, New York Occasions critic Jon Pareles wrote that the Ramones “communicate up for outcasts and disturbed people”.[80]

The next 12 months the band recorded their final album with Richie, Midway to Sanity. Richie left in August 1987, upset that after being within the band for 5 years, the opposite members would nonetheless not give him a share of the merchandising cash.[81] Richie was changed by Clem Burke from Blondie, which was disbanded on the time. In accordance with Johnny, the performances with Burke—who adopted the title Elvis Ramone—have been a catastrophe. He was fired after two performances (August 28 & 29, 1987) as a result of his drumming couldn’t sustain with the remainder of the band.[81] In September, Marky, now clear and sober, returned to the band.[23]

In December 1988, the Ramones recorded materials for his or her eleventh studio album, and what was alleged to be a “comeback” for the band,[82][83] Mind Drain; co-produced by Beauvoir, Rey, and Invoice Laswell. Nonetheless, the bass elements have been accomplished by Daniel Rey and the Dictators’ Andy Shernoff. Dee Dee Ramone would solely file the extra vocals on the album citing that members of the band (together with himself) have been going by private troubles and adjustments to the purpose the place he didn’t need to be within the band anymore. Though it obtained combined opinions upon its launch in early 1989, the album included the band’s highest-charting hit in America, “Pet Sematary”.[84]

Regardless of not desirous to be within the band anymore, Dee Dee (who was sober by this level) was current for the world tour for Mind Drain and performed his final present with the Ramones on July 5, 1989, at One Step Past in Santa Clara.[85] He was changed by Christopher Joseph Ward (C. J. Ramone), who carried out with the band till they disbanded. Dee Dee initially pursued a quick profession as a rapper beneath the title Dee Dee King. He rapidly returned to punk rock and fashioned a number of bands, in a lot the identical vein because the Ramones, for whom he additionally continued to jot down songs regardless of by no means rejoining the band.[86]

Last years (1990–1996)

After greater than a decade and a half at Sire Data, the Ramones moved to a brand new label, Radioactive Data. Their first album for the label was 1992’s Mondo Bizarro, which reunited them with producer Ed Stasium.[87] Anticipated as a “comeback” for the Ramones after years of decline in recognition,[88][89] the album was licensed Gold in Brazil after promoting 100,000 copies, being the primary Gold certification The Ramones have been ever awarded,[90][91][92] whereas its lead single “Poison Coronary heart” was one other high ten hit within the US for the band.[84]

Acid Eaters, consisting completely of canopy songs, got here out in 1993.[93] That very same 12 months, the Ramones have been featured within the animated tv collection The Simpsons, offering music and voices for animated variations of themselves within the episode “Rosebud”.[94] Govt producer David Mirkin described the Ramones as “gigantic, obsessive Simpsons followers.”

In 1995, the Ramones launched their fourteenth and remaining studio album ¡Adios Amigos!, and introduced that they might be disbanding the next 12 months.[95][96] Its gross sales have been unremarkable, garnering it simply two weeks on the decrease finish of the Billboard chart.[97] The band spent late 1995 on what was promoted as a farewell tour. Nonetheless, they accepted a proposal to look within the sixth Lollapalooza competition, which toured round the US throughout the next summer time.[98] After the Lollapalooza tour’s conclusion, the Ramones performed their remaining present on August 6, 1996, on the Palace in Hollywood. A recording of the live performance was later launched on video and CD as We’re Outta Right here!. Along with a reappearance by Dee Dee, the present featured a number of visitors together with Motörhead’s Lemmy, Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell and Ben Shepherd, and Rancid’s Tim Armstrong and Lars Frederiksen.[3]

Aftermath and deaths

On July 20, 1999, Dee Dee, Johnny, Joey, Tommy, Marky, and C. J. appeared collectively on the Virgin Megastore in New York Metropolis for an autograph signing. This was the final event on which the unique 4 members of the group appeared collectively. Joey, who had been identified with lymphoma in 1995, died of the sickness on April 15, 2001, in New York.[4][99] Joey and Marky, who had been concerned in a feud, buried the hatchet and made up on stay radio on the Howard Stern Present in 1999.[100]

On March 18, 2002, the Ramones have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Corridor of Fame, which particularly named Dee Dee, Johnny, Joey, Tommy, and Marky. On the ceremony, the surviving inductees spoke on behalf of the band. Johnny spoke first, thanking the band’s followers and blessing George W. Bush and his presidency, and America. Tommy spoke subsequent, saying how honored the band felt, however how a lot it will have meant for Joey. Dee Dee humorously congratulated and thanked himself, whereas Marky thanked Tommy for influencing his drum model. Inexperienced Day performed “Teenage Lobotomy”, “Rockaway Seaside”, and “Blitzkrieg Bop” as a tribute, demonstrating the Ramones’ persevering with affect on later rock musicians. The ceremony was one in every of Dee Dee’s final public appearances, as he was discovered useless on June 5, 2002, from a heroin overdose.[5]

On November 30, 2003, New York Metropolis unveiled an indication designating East 2nd Avenue on the nook of Bowery as Joey Ramone Place. The singer lived on East 2nd for a time, and the signal is close to the previous Bowery web site of CBGB.[101] The documentary movie Finish of the Century: The Story of the Ramones got here out in 2004. Johnny, who had been identified with prostate most cancers in 1999, died on September 15, 2004, in Los Angeles, shortly after the movie’s launch.[6] On the identical day as Johnny’s demise, the world’s first Ramones Museum opened its doorways to the general public. Positioned in Berlin, Germany, the museum options greater than 300 gadgets of memorabilia, together with a pair of stage-worn denims from Johnny, a stage-worn glove from Joey, Marky’s sneakers, and C. J.’s stage-worn bass strap.[102] On October 8, 2004, Tommy Ramone, C. J. Ramone, Clem Burke, and Daniel Rey carried out within the “Ramones Beat on Most cancers” live performance.[103]

The Ramones have been inducted into the Lengthy Island Music Corridor of Fame in 2007.[104] That October noticed the discharge of a DVD set containing live performance footage of the band: It is Alive 1974–1996 contains 118 songs from 33 performances over the span of the group’s profession.[105] In February 2011 the group was honored with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Drummers Tommy, Marky, and Richie attended the ceremony.[13][14] Marky declared, “That is wonderful. I by no means anticipated this. I am certain Johnny, Joey, and Dee Dee would by no means have anticipated this.”[13] Richie famous that it was the primary time ever that every one three drummers have been beneath the identical roof, and mused that he could not “assist considering that [Joey] is watching us proper now with just a little smile on his face behind his rose-colored glasses.”[14]

On April 30, 2014, their debut album, Ramones, grew to become licensed Gold by the Recording Trade of America after promoting 500,000 copies, 38 years after its launch.

Arturo Vega, artistic director from their formation in 1974 till their disbanding in 1996 and infrequently thought of the fifth Ramone, died of most cancers on June 8, 2013, on the age of 65.[106] The ultimate authentic member, Tommy Ramone, died on July 11, 2014, after a battle with bile duct most cancers.[107]

On October 30, 2016, the band had a avenue in Queens, New York named for them. As of that date, the intersection of 67th Avenue and one hundred and tenth Avenue in entrance of the principle entrance of Forest Hills Excessive College was formally named The Ramones Approach.[108]

On April 15, 2021, the twentieth anniversary of Joey Ramone’s demise, it was introduced that Pete Davidson would painting Ramone within the upcoming Netflix biopic I Slept with Joey Ramone which relies on the 2009 memoir of the identical title written by Ramone’s brother Mickey Leigh. Leigh will function an govt producer with a script written by Davidson and director Jason Orley.[109]

Conflicts between members

Rigidity between Joey and Johnny coloured a lot of the Ramones’ profession. The pair have been politically antagonistic, Joey being a liberal and Johnny a conservative. Their personalities additionally clashed: Johnny, who spent two years in army faculty, lived by a strict code of self-discipline,[110] whereas Joey struggled with obsessive–compulsive dysfunction and alcoholism.[111][112] Within the early Nineteen Eighties, Linda Danielle started a relationship with Johnny after having already been romantically concerned with Joey, who had reportedly accused Johnny of “stealing” his girlfriend; this incident is believed to have been the inspiration behind “The KKK Took My Child Away”.[113] Consequently, regardless of their continued skilled relationship, Joey and Johnny had develop into aloof from one another.[6] Johnny didn’t contact Joey earlier than the latter’s demise, though he stated that he was depressed for “the entire week” after his demise.[81]

Dee Dee’s bipolar dysfunction and repeated relapses into drug habit additionally induced vital strains.[114] Tommy would additionally depart the band after being “bodily threatened by Johnny, handled with contempt by Dee Dee, and all however ignored by Joey”.[115] As new members joined over time, disbursement and the band’s picture incessantly grew to become issues of significant dispute.[116] The tensions among the many group members weren’t stored secret from the general public as was heard on the Howard Stern radio present in 1997, the place through the interview Marky and Joey acquired right into a battle about their respective ingesting habits.[117]

A 12 months after the Ramones’ breakup, Marky Ramone made disparaging remarks in opposition to C. J. within the press, calling him a “bigot,”[118] a press release he would reiterate a decade later.[119] C. J. would later reply that he was not sure as to why he would make unfavourable feedback in opposition to him within the press although he denied that it had something to do together with his marrying Marky’s niece. He additionally denied being a bigot.[120] A few years later, C. J. lamented that regardless of being the 2 surviving members of arguably the Ramones’ most commercially profitable period, and regardless of reaching out a number of occasions to affix him on stage, he and Marky have been now not in touch.[121]


Musical model

The Ramones’ loud, quick, simple musical model was influenced by pop music that the band members grew up listening to within the Fifties and Nineteen Sixties, together with basic rock teams corresponding to Buddy Holly and the Crickets, the Seaside Boys, the Who, The Beatles, the Kinks, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, the Doorways and Creedence Clearwater Revival; bubblegum acts just like the 1910 Fruitgum Firm and Ohio Categorical; and woman teams such because the Ronettes and the Shangri-Las. Additionally they drew on the tougher rock sound of the MC5, Black Sabbath,[122] the Stooges and the New York Dolls, now often called seminal protopunk bands.[123] The Ramones’ model was partly a response in opposition to the industrially produced, typically bombastic music that dominated the pop charts within the Seventies. “We determined to begin our personal group as a result of we have been tired of all the pieces we heard,” Joey as soon as defined. “In 1974 all the pieces was tenth-generation Elton John, or overproduced, or simply junk. Every little thing was lengthy jams, lengthy guitar solos … . We missed music prefer it was once.”[124] Ira Robbins and Scott Isler of Trouser Press describe the end result:

With simply 4 chords and one manic tempo, New York’s Ramones blasted open the clogged arteries of mid-’70s rock, reanimating the music. Their genius was to recapture the quick/easy aesthetic from which pop had strayed, including a caustic sense of trash-culture humor and minimalist rhythm guitar sound.[125]

As leaders within the punk rock scene, the Ramones’ music has normally been recognized with that label,[1] whereas some have categorized their model as pop punk[126][127][128] or energy pop.[129] Within the Nineteen Eighties, the band generally veered into hardcore punk territory, as will be heard on Too Powerful to Die.[125]

On stage, the band adopted a centered method immediately meant to extend the viewers’s live performance expertise. Johnny’s directions to C. J. when getting ready for his first stay performances with the group have been to play dealing with the viewers, to face with the bass slung low between unfold legs, and to stroll ahead to the entrance of stage similtaneously he did. Johnny was not a fan of guitarists who carried out dealing with their drummer, amplifier, or different band members.[130]

Visible imagery

The Ramones’ artwork and visible imagery complemented the themes of their music and efficiency. The members adopted a uniform look of lengthy hair, leather-based jackets, T-shirts, torn denims, and sneakers. This style emphasised minimalism—a robust affect on the New York punk scene of the Seventies—and mirrored the band’s quick, easy songs.[131] Tommy Ramone recalled that, musically and visually, “We have been influenced by comedian books, motion pictures, the Andy Warhol scene, and avant-garde movies. I used to be an enormous Mad journal fan myself.”[131]

The band’s emblem, based mostly on the Seal of the President of the US

The band’s emblem was created by New York Metropolis artist Arturo Vega, with the Ramones. Vega, a longtime pal, had allowed Joey and Dee Dee to maneuver into his loft.[132] He produced the band’s T-shirts—their predominant supply of revenue—basing many of the photographs on a black-and-white self-portrait {photograph} he had taken of his American bald eagle belt buckle, which appeared on the again sleeve of the Ramones’ first album.[133] He was impressed to create the band’s emblem after a visit to Washington, D.C.:

I noticed them as the final word all-American band. To me, they mirrored the American character usually—an nearly infantile harmless aggression … . I believed, ‘The Nice Seal of the President of the US’ could be good for the Ramones, with the eagle holding arrows—to represent energy and the aggression that might be used in opposition to whomever dares to assault us—and an olive department, supplied to those that need to be pleasant. However we determined to vary it just a little bit. As an alternative of the olive department, we had an apple tree department, for the reason that Ramones have been American as apple pie. And since Johnny was such a baseball fanatic, we had the eagle maintain a baseball bat as a substitute of the [Great Seal]’s arrows.[133]

The scroll within the eagle’s beak initially learn “Look out under”, however this was quickly modified to “Hey ho let’s go” after the opening lyrics of the band’s first single, “Blitzkrieg Bop”. The arrowheads on the protect got here from a design on a polyester shirt Vega had purchased. “Ramones” was spelled out in block capitals above the brand utilizing plastic stick-on letters.[28] The place the presidential emblem learn “Seal of the President of the US” clockwise within the border across the eagle, Vega positioned the pseudonyms of the band members: Johnny, Joey, Dee Dee, and Tommy. Through the years the names within the border would change because the band’s line-up fluctuated.[134]

“It is the American presidential seal—anybody can use it,” stated Marky Ramone of the brand’s ubiquity. “We share the royalties on the t-shirt and on the merchandise. A variety of the youngsters sporting that shirt may not even have heard of the Ramones’ music. I assume when you’ve got the shirt, your curiosity would possibly carry you to purchase the music. No matter, it’s a unusual phenomenon.”[135]

Legacy and affect

The Ramones had a broad and lasting affect on the event of fashionable music. Music historian Jon Savage writes of their debut album that “it stays one of many few information that modified pop without end.”[136] As described by AllMusic critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine, “The band’s first 4 albums set the blueprint for punk, particularly American punk and hardcore, for the following twenty years.”[137] Trouser Press‘s Robbins and Isler equally wrote that the Ramones “not solely spearheaded the unique new wave/punk motion, but in addition drew the blueprint for subsequent hardcore punk bands”.[125] Punk journalist Phil Strongman writes, “In purely musical phrases, the Ramones, in trying to re-create the joy of pre-Dolby rock, have been to forged an enormous shadow—they’d fused a blueprint for a lot of the indie future.”[29] Writing for Slate in 2001, Douglas Wolk described the Ramones as “simply probably the most influential group of the final 30 years.”[138]

The Ramones’ debut album had an outsized impact relative to its modest gross sales. In accordance with Era X bassist Tony James, “Everyone went up three gears the day they acquired that first Ramones album. Punk rock—that rama-lama tremendous quick stuff—is completely all the way down to the Ramones. Bands have been simply taking part in in an MC5 groove till then.”[139] The Ramones’ two July 1976 exhibits, like their debut album, are seen as having a major influence on the model of most of the newly fashioned British punk acts—as one observer put it, “immediately practically each band sped up”.[140] The Ramones’ first British live performance, at London’s Roundhouse live performance corridor, was held on July 4, 1976, the US Bicentennial.[141] The Intercourse Pistols have been taking part in in Sheffield that night, supported by the Conflict, making their public debut. The subsequent night time, members of each bands attended the Ramones’ gig on the Dingwall’s membership. Ramones supervisor Danny Fields remembers a dialog between Johnny Ramone and Conflict bassist Paul Simonon (which he mislocates on the Roundhouse): “Johnny requested him, ‘What do you do? Are you in a band?’ Paul stated, ‘Properly, we simply rehearse. We name ourselves the Conflict however we’re not adequate.’ Johnny stated, ‘Wait until you see us—we stink, we’re awful, we won’t play. Simply get on the market and do it.'”[142] One other band whose members noticed the Ramones carry out, the Damned, performed their first present two days later. Jimmy Pursey of Sham 69 has stated that he considers the Ramones his band’s “solely blueprint”.[143] The central fanzine of the early UK punk scene, Sniffin’ Glue, was named after the track “Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue”, which appeared on the debut LP.[144]

Ramones live shows and recordings influenced many musicians central to the event of California punk, together with Greg Ginn of Black Flag,[145] Jello Biafra of the Lifeless Kennedys,[146] Al Jourgensen of Ministry,[147] Mike Ness of Social Distortion,[148] Brett Gurewitz of Dangerous Faith,[149] and members of the Descendents.[150] Canada’s first main punk scenes—in Toronto and in British Columbia’s Victoria and Vancouver—have been additionally closely influenced by the Ramones.[49][151] Within the late Seventies, many bands emerged with musical kinds deeply indebted to the band’s. There have been the Lurkers from England,[152] the Undertones from Eire,[153] Teenage Head from Canada,[154] and the Zeros[155] and the Dickies[156] from southern California. The seminal hardcore band Dangerous Brains took its title from a Ramones track.[157] The Riverdales emulated the sound of the Ramones all through their profession.[158] Inexperienced Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong named his son Joey in homage to Joey Ramone, and drummer Tré Cool named his daughter Ramona.[159]

New Jersey’s horror punk/hardcore punk band the Misfits (whose bassist Jerry Solely was a longtime pal of the band) have been influenced by the “Blitzkrieg” tempo of the Ramones, infusing it into their already medium-fast tempo, R&B model of punk rock.

The Ramones additionally influenced musicians related to different genres, corresponding to heavy steel. Their affect on steel gave delivery to the punk-metal “fusion” style of thrash. Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett, one of many originators of thrash guitar, has described the significance of Johnny’s rapid-fire guitar taking part in model to his personal musical improvement.[160] Motörhead lead singer Lemmy, a pal of the Ramones for the reason that late Seventies, combined the band’s “Go Dwelling Ann” in 1985. The members of Motörhead later composed the track “R.A.M.O.N.E.S.” as a tribute, and Lemmy carried out on the remaining Ramones live performance in 1996.[161] Paul Dianno, who sang on Iron Maiden’s first two albums has referred to as the Ramones his “favourite band,” and infrequently performs Ramones materials in his stay exhibits.[162] Within the realm of different rock, the track “53rd & third” lent its title to a British indie pop label cofounded by Stephen Pastel of the Scottish band the Pastels. Evan Dando of the Lemonheads,[163] Dave Grohl of Nirvana and Foo Fighters,[144] Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater, Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam[164] (who launched the band members at their Rock and Roll Corridor of Fame induction) and the Strokes[165] are among the many many various rock and steel musicians who’ve credited the Ramones with inspiring them.[166]

The band members have been additionally individually influential. Johnny Ramone was named one in every of Time‘s “10 Biggest Electrical-Guitar Gamers” in 2003.[167] That very same 12 months, he was quantity 16 on the “100 Biggest Guitarists of All Time” record in Rolling Stone.[168]

“We consider the Ramones as a basic, iconic band,” noticed Gene Simmons. “They’ve one gold file to their title. They by no means performed arenas; could not promote them out. It was a failed band. It does not imply they weren’t nice. It means the lots did not care.”[169]

Kevin Morby’s fourth album Metropolis Music options the monitor “1234” impressed by the singer’s childhood love of Ramones. It options the lyrics “Joey, Johnny, Dee Dee, Tommy/ They have been all my buddies, however they died.”

Tribute albums

In April 2009, Spin author Mark Prindle noticed that the Ramones needed to date “impressed a jaw-dropping 48 (at the very least!) full-length tribute information.”[170] The primary Ramones tribute album that includes a number of performers was launched in 1991: Gabba Gabba Hey: A Tribute to the Ramones contains tracks by such acts because the Flesh Eaters, L7, Mojo Nixon, and Dangerous Faith.[166] In 2001, Dee Dee made a visitor look on one monitor of Ramones Maniacs, a multi-artist cowl of the whole Ramones Mania compilation album. The Tune Ramones the Similar, which got here out the next 12 months, contains performances by the Dictators, who have been a part of the early New York punk scene, and Wayne Kramer, guitarist for the influential protopunk band MC5. We’re a Pleased Household: A Tribute to Ramones, launched in 2003, options performers corresponding to Rancid, Inexperienced Day, Metallica, KISS, the Offspring, Pink Sizzling Chili Peppers, U2, and Rob Zombie (who additionally did the album cowl art work).[171] Additionally another well-known bands recorded tribute songs. Motörhead’s Phil Campbell tells in Jari-Pekka Laitio-Ramone’s e-book Ramones: Soundtrack Of Our Lives: “We did a canopy of Rockaway Seaside with me on backing vocals, which was fairly fulfilling. When Johnny Ramone heard it, he refused to place it on the tribute album. Lemmy and I believed we did a superb model.”[172]

Punk bands corresponding to Screeching Weasel, the Vindictives, the Queers, Parasites, the Mr. T Expertise, Boris the Sprinkler, Beatnik Termites, Tip Toppers, Jon Cougar Focus Camp, and McRackins have recorded cowl variations of complete Ramones albums—Ramones, Depart Dwelling, Rocket to Russia, It is Alive, Highway to Break, Finish of the Century, Nice Desires, Subterranean Jungle, two variations of Too Powerful to Die, and Midway To Sanity, respectively.[170][173] The Huntingtons’ File Below Ramones consists of Ramones covers from throughout the band’s historical past.[174] Aaron Stingray of the Anderson Stingrays launched Songs within the Key of Joey in 2018 together with his facet venture The Brooklyn Apostles. The ep additionally options Richie Ramone as visitor drummer on SLUG.

Shonen Knife, an all-female trio from Osaka, Japan, was fashioned in 1981 as a direct results of founder-lead singer-guitarist Naoko Yamano’s instantaneous infatuation with the music of the Ramones. In 2012, to look at the band’s thirtieth anniversary, Shonen Knife launched Osaka Ramones, which featured 13 Ramones songs lined by the band.[175] There are additionally many different tribute albums listed on Jari-Pekka Laitio-Ramone’s web site.[176] Pearl Jam have lined the track “I Consider in Miracles” off the album Mind Drain on a number of events throughout stay performances.[177]

Band members

Former members

  • Joey Ramone (Jeffrey Hyman) – lead vocals (1974–1996), drums (1974); died 2001
  • Johnny Ramone (John Cummings) – guitars (1974–1996); died 2004
  • Dee Dee Ramone (Douglas Colvin) – bass, backing and co-lead vocals (1974–1989); died 2002
  • Tommy Ramone (Thomas Erdelyi) – drums (1974–1978); died 2014
  • Marky Ramone (Marc Bell) – drums (1978–1983, 1987–1996)
  • Richie Ramone (Richard Reinhardt) – drums, backing vocals (1983–1987)
  • Elvis Ramone (Clem Burke) – drums (1987)
  • C. J. Ramone (Christopher Ward) – bass, backing and co-lead vocals (1989–1996)



Studio albums

  • Ramones (1976)
  • Depart Dwelling (1977)
  • Rocket to Russia (1977)
  • Highway to Break (1978)
  • Finish of the Century (1980)
  • Nice Desires (1981)
  • Subterranean Jungle (1983)
  • Too Powerful to Die (1984)
  • Animal Boy (1986)
  • Midway to Sanity (1987)
  • Mind Drain (1989)
  • Mondo Bizarro (1992)
  • Acid Eaters (1993)
  • ¡Adios Amigos! (1995)

See additionally

  • Record of Ramones live shows
  • Gabba Gabba Hey
  • Danny Says (movie)



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