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The Ramones were a hugely influential punk rock band, formed in Forest Hills, Queens, New York in January 1974. They played their first concert at the Performance Studio in New York on March 30, 1974. They led the New York punk movement and are often credited with forming the musical foundation of punk (see protopunk). The original band members all adopted Ramone as a surname although they were not actually brothers:

Joey Ramone (May 19, 1951 - April 15, 2001) (real name Jeffrey Hyman) (vocals)
Johnny Ramone (October 8, 1948 - September 15, 2004) (real name John Cummings) (guitar)
Dee Dee Ramone (September 18, 1952 - June 5, 2002) (real name Douglas Glenn Colvin) (bass guitar) (1974-1989)
Tommy Ramone (January 29, 1952) (real name Thomas Erdelyi) (drums) (1974-1978)
Later band members also adopted the name:

Marky Ramone (July 15, 1956) (real name Marc Bell) (Later replaced Tommy and Elvis on drums) (1978-1983, 1987-1996)
Richie Ramone (August 11, 1957) (real name Richard Reinhardt) (Later replaced Marky on drums) (1983-1987)
Elvis Ramone (November 24, 1955) (real name Clem Burke) (Later replaced Richie on drums) (1987)
C.J. Ramone (October 8, 1965) (real name Christopher John Ward) (Later replaced Dee-Dee on bass) (1989-1996)
An earlier member, Ritchie, left the band before the first recording (not related to the Richie Ramone, above). "Here lies Ritchie Ramone" can be seen on a cartoon drawing of a gravestone on the innersleeve of the 'Rocket to Russia' album

Colvin (Dee Dee Ramone) suggested the name, inspired by the fact that Paul McCartney used to call himself Paul Ramone (although some accounts say Paul Ramon) when he was in the Silver Beatles.

The Ramones pioneered a straightforward, stripped-down sound that was a far cry from the virtuosic musicianship and complex instrumentation that 1970s rock music had become known for. It heralded a raw, loud, fast and direct sound often reminiscent of 1950s-early 1960s rock and roll or bubblegum pop. Joey Ramone has stated the Ramones were rather taken with the Bay City Rollers' hit song "Saturday Night," and set out to imitate its catchy, sing-a-long quality.
woah the ramones kick soooo much ass!
by daniel from garland October 10, 2005
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the godfathers of punk
the ramones kick ass
by Anonymous May 30, 2003
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My favorite band of all time. People criticize them and say they aren't punk, but isn't punk about not adhering to an image anyway? The Ramones had songs that were fun to sing along to and were probably the first and last perfect US punk band. No one will ever be like them.
by Carrot May 07, 2004
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Probably the best punk rock band EVER. The Ramones is considered the first punk rock band in the 70s.

The band first started on Queens, New York in the 1974. It consist of 4 band member named Joey Ramone (Vocalist), Johnny Ramone (Guitarist), DeeDee Ramone (Bassist) and Tommy Ramone (Drummer). All of the group's members adopted the last name "Ramone". Just a few years later, Joey Ramone passed away on April 15, 2001, at age 49, the victim of lymphoma. Little more than a year later, Dee Dee Ramone was found dead in his home in Los Angeles on June 5, 2002. RIP
Long live "The Ramones".
by Teets August 13, 2004
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the single band responsible for keeping rock and roll alive throughout the 70's and 80's. they are often thought of as a punk rock band, but not on the same "punk" standards we use in modern times. their songs involve (usually) upbeat tempos and catchy tunes. in short, The Ramones may have been the single best "punk"/rock band ever.
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another amazing punk band that helped create the whole punk genre of music. and are not sell-outs.
Have great songs, such as I wanna be sedated and Don't wanna grow up
by individualanarchist December 22, 2003
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Pioneer punk band with "The KKK took my baby away" and "I wanna be sedated" their best work.
I always put on the ramones CD when the Jehovah's Witnesses come knocking on my door.
by harry flashman July 12, 2003
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