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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.
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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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Winter turns to summer
Sadness turns to fun
Keep your faith, baby
You broke the rules and won
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The first and best punk group ever. Formed in 1974, original members were Joey (vocals), Johnny (guitar), Dee Dee (bass; left in 1989 but was there for the best years), and Tommy (drums; left in 1979 and replaced by Marky, who was replaced by Richie but Marky returned soon after). They invented the genre we now know as punk. Their first album, Ramones, was a groundbreaking record. The band remained awesome for decades longer. Some of their best songs are Blitzkrieg Bop (Hey! Ho! Lets go!), I wanna be Sedated, Teenage Lobotomy, Pinhead, Judy is a Punk, Sheena is a Punk Rocker, We're a happy family, Glad to see you go, Rockaway Beach, and Commando. Personally, I believe their worst song was The Crusher because of the inadequate vocals that really don't sound like Joey. The band remained together until 1996. Joey died of lymphoma in '01, Dee Dee died of a drug overdose in June of '02, and Johnny died of prostate cancer in '04. They were inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame in April 2002. I get called obsessed and am criticized for liking the Ramones at my school, but only a fiendish mango could not help but like this awesome band. And although the main members are dead, the legacy of The Ramones will probably last for centuries to come.
Retarded Fool: I hate the Ramones!
Me and all the other cool people who are there: Gabba Gabba Hey!(throws potatoes at Retarded Fool)
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