The influential, and iconic frontman
for the RAMONES. Commonly
referred to as the godfather of punk, a title he shares with Iggy Pop. His visual trademarks were, circular
shades, a leather jacket, a t-shirt, sneakers, jeans, dark hair, and his height. His vocal trademark was a voice which was part snarling, part rasping, part crooning, part moaning, part growling, and part screaming. He was born
in 1951 as Jeffery Hyman, to Mrs. C. Lesher, and Mr. N. Hyman. He was SUPPOSEDLY born
sterile, a question
which has been disputed. He attended
Forest hills high with his friends, Thomas "Tommy" Erdyli, Jonathan (or was it just John) "Johnny" Cummings, and Douglas
"Dee Dee" Colvin, with whom he would start the RAMONES. After
Three decades of success, along with a couple
changes in ranks, Joey and Johnny decided to retire. Joey recorded one last album, a solo effort as a "This is the last you'll ever hear
from me" album. It was released posthumously, a year after
his death from lymphoma in 2001. He never married
or had children, possibly because of his disputed ability to sire
children, or simply because he never wanted any. He had a street in his hometown, NYC. He, along with the other RAMONES, have
been a major influence on the Punk rock
(Sex pistols, The Clash, Green Day) , Modern rock
(Killers), Alternative rock
(U2), and Heavy metal (Iron maiden, Metallica) genres. He is survived by his brother, Mickey Leigh.
1: On my last visit to hell, I had the privilege of interviewing Joey
Ramone. First, I asked
what he would have done if he hadn't died. He said:"I would host a nighttime radio show in New York, just like I do in the afterlife."
2: I then asked Joey
Ramone about his influences, and he said "The Beatles, The Ronnetes, The Mc5, Sex pistols, Clash, Motörhead, Iron F***in maiden, Metallica, Green day, etc."
Ramone. Ah, even in the afterlife, He still has a sense of humor.
4.I also asked Joey
(Ramone) if he was sterile. "EXCUSE ME?!Even if I was, do you think I'd TELL YOU?! And maybe my 'infertility' has nothing to do with me not having
kids? It's none of your *#%^*^ business anyways. Can't we talk about other +%#% please? Like, do you miss me?" "Yeah, it's much quieter on earth now. You miss earth?" "Not as much as I used to."
did answer that
one question. And it seems he never
will. So for his sake, don't talk about that
$&@; because it makes him feel