The Ramones

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The Ramones revitalized rock and roll at one of its lowest ebbs, infusing it with punk energy, brash attitude and a loud, fast new sound. (...) The Ramones got back to basics: simple, speedy, stripped-down rock and roll songs. Voice, guitar, bass, drums. No makeup, no egos, no light shows, no nonsense. And though the subject matter was sometimes dark, emanating from a sullen adolescent basement of the mind, the group also brought cartoonish fun and high-energy excitement back to rock and roll. They launched the grassroots punk-rock movement in New York and London – the Clash were among those who paid heed when the Ramones first toured Britain – and helped downsize rock from arenas and stadiums to the more sensibly scaled environs of clubs and neighborhood holes-in-the-wall. [1]

The Ramones were a punk band comprised of four original members. They included Johnny, Dee Dee, Joey, and Tommy. They are very influential among many different individuals; genres; and artist groups. All have now died, Tommy was the last to die aged 62. [2]


  1. Ramones Biography
  2. Tommy Ramone dead: Last surviving founder and drummer seminal punk band The Ramones dies aged 62

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