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The Ramones

Formed:

Forest Hills, Queens, New York - January 1974

Original Ramones:

Joey Ramone (Jeffry Hyman) May 19, 1951–April 15, 2001- vocals
Johnny Ramone (John Cummings) October 8, 1948–September 15, 2004 - guitar
Dee Dee Ramone (Douglas Glenn Colvin) September 18, 1952 – June 5, 2002 - bass guitar 1974–1989
Tommy Ramone (Thomas Erdelyi) January 29, 1952 - drums 1974–1978

Subsequent Ramones:

Marky Ramone (Marc Bell) July 15, 1956 - drums 1978–1983, 1987–1996
Richie Ramone (Richard Reinhardt) August 11, 1957 - drums 1983–1987
Elvis Ramone (Clem Burke) November 24, 1955 - played drums for two gigs in 1987
C.J. Ramone (Christopher John Ward) October 8, 1965 - bass 1989–1996

The Lost Ramone?:

Ritchie Ramone - Played bass twice with the Ramones during rehearsal in the early days

Early Days:

The Ramones formed as a three-piece in 1974, with Joey on drums and Dee Dee singing and playing bass. This proved difficult for Dee Dee, so Joey took over on vocals and Tommy signed on to play drums.

Their energy and brevity (many of their songs came in at under two minutes) generated a lot of buzz where the band was playing at clubs like Max's Kansas City and CBGB with other New York bands of the era, such as the New York Dolls and Talking Heads.

They eventually caught the ear of Sire Records.

The Rise:

After signing to Sire Records in 1975 and releasing a self-titled debut, the Ramones quickly escalated in popularity. After two years of touring, Marky Ramone left the band (for the first time), to be replaced by Richie.

It was this lineup that was featured in Roger Corman's campy film Rock 'n' Roll High School. This campy image would stick with Ramones for the remainder of their career, as they became better known for their bad haircuts and goofy "Gabba Hey" chants than their rock tunes.

The '80s:

The '80s would be the campiest years for the Ramones, as well as the years most plagued by lineup changes. Marky was fired in 1983 and was replaced by Richie. Richie stayed for three years and left in August 1987. He was replaced by Elvis, aka Clem Burke, the drummer from Blondie. Elvis played two shows before Marky returned.

Dee Dee Ramone left in 1989, and was replaced by C.J., who performed and recorded with the Ramones until their end.

Ramones RIP:

Joey Ramone died of lymphoma on April 15, 2001.
Dee Dee Ramone died from an accidental overdose on June 5, 2002.
Johnny Ramone died of prostate cancer on September 15, 2004.

Essential Recording:

Ramones
Rarely devoting longer than two minutes or more than three chords per song, the Ramones' self-titled debut is the first album anyone exploring this band should own. While later albums would feature such popular songs as "I Wanna Be Sedated" and "Rock N' Roll Radio," Ramones features what is arguably the Ramones most popular song, "Blitzkrieg Bop," and other classic Ramones tunes, including "Beat On the Brat" and "Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue." It's pure punk, pure Ramones and pure fun.

Discography:

Ramones (1976)
Leave Home (1977)
Rocket To Russia (1977)
Road To Ruin (1978)
Rock 'N' Roll High School (1979)
It's Alive (1979)
End Of The Century (1980)
Pleasant Dreams (1981)
Subterranean Jungle (1983)
Too Tough To Die (1984)
Animal Boy (1986)
Halfway To Sanity (1987)
Ramones Mania (1988)
Brain Drain (1989)
All The Stuff and More Volume 1 (1990)
All The Stuff and More Volume 2 (1990)
Loco Live (1992)
Mondo Bizzaro (1992)
Acid Eaters (1993)
Adios Amigos (1995)
Greatest Hits Live (1996)
We're Outta Here (1997)
Hey Ho! Lets Go! (1999)
Their Toughest Hits (2002)
Weird Tales of the Ramones (2005)

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