Ramones Artistfacts

  • 1976-1996
    Joey Ramone (Jeffry Hyman)Vocals
    Johnny Ramone (John Cummings)Guitar
    Dee Dee Ramone (Doug Colvin)Bass1976-1989
    Tommy Ramone (Tom Erdelyi)Drums1976-1978
    Marky Ramone (Marc Bell)Drums1978-
    CJ Ramone (Chris Ward)Bass1989-
  • Most of their songs are about two minutes long - partly because they didn't do guitar solos. In concert, when a song ended, they did a 1, 2, 3, 4 count-in and went right into the next one.
  • In 2014, the last of their original members died. Here's the timeline:

    2001 - Joey dies of lymphatic cancer at 49
    2002 - Dee Dee dies of a heroin overdose at 50
    2004 - Johnny dies of prostate cancer at 55
    2014 - Tommy dies of bile duct cancer at 65
  • They were one of the most successful and influential punk rock bands, but most of their albums didn't sell very well and they didn't earn widespread acclaim until the '90s, when their influence on the genre became clear. They earned validation when they were induced into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on the first ballot in 2002.
  • In 1979, they starred in the movie Rock And Roll High School. In the film, students try to get tickets to a Ramones show and end up taking over the school.
  • Joey was an avid online stock trader in the late '90s. He was a big fan of cable network CNBC, and wrote a song named after his favorite anchor, Maria Bartiromo. There were plans to have him sing it on her show, but he never recovered from his cancer.
  • They were the first punk band inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. The Clash and The Sex Pistols were eligible the same year (2002) but didn't get in.
  • When Joey Ramone died, the surviving members vowed to never perform together again.
  • The Ramones were inspired by '60s girl groups, particularly The Ronettes. Joey Ramone helped produce Spector's 1999 solo album, She Talks to Rainbows, and duetted with her on the track "Bye Bye Baby." >>
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    Jeff - Kendall Park, NJ
  • Joey started dating a girl named Linda Danielle in the late '70s. He took her on tour, but she started having an affair with Johnny, forming a very uncomfortable love triangle. In 1982, she left Joey, and in 1984 married Johnny, taking the name Linda Ramone. The remained married until his death.

    The relationship between Joey and Johnny was already tense, but this ruined it completely. They remained bandmates long after, but the animosity never abated. Johnny didn't attend Joey's funeral.
  • They appeared on an episode of The Simpsons where they perform at Mr. Burns' birthday party. They sing Happy Birthday to him and afterwards, Mr. burns says to Smithers: "Have the Rolling Stones killed!" >>
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    Tom - Trowbridge, England
  • In their early years, their goal was to write a new song at every rehearsal, which resulted in lots of material to choose from.
  • Marky Ramone was fired in 1983, shortly before completion of the Subterranean Jungle album. He was replaced by Richie Ramone until 1987. Richie wanted money from T-shirt sales, and Johnny refused, so he was replaced for a few disastrous shows by Clem Burke of Blondie (as Elvis Ramone), before Marky rejoined. >>
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    Glen - Hollywood, CA
  • In 1997, four species of trilobites were named after members of the band: Mackenziurus johnnyi, Mackenziurus joeyi, Mackenziurus deedeei, and Mackenziurus ceejayi.
  • When Joey died, The Misfits removed their own content from their website and replaced it with a picture of Joey. Social Distortion did likewise, displaying a photograph of Mike Ness and Joey Ramone as tribute. >>
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    Katie - NSW, Australia, for above 2
  • When Dee Dee quit the band in 1989, he released a rap album called Standing In The Spotlight under the name "Dee Dee King." He rapped in German on one song.
  • The band name came from Paul Ramon, which was a fake name Paul McCartney used when The Beatles (known then as The Silver Beatles) were touring Scotland in 1960. Doug Colvin was a big McCartney fan and was using the name Dee Dee Ramone when the band formed. The rest of the group thought it sounded like a cool name, so they decided to use it as their band name and aliases. >>
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    Bertrand - Paris, France
  • For the most part, they were miserable in each other's company, which was tough because they were in such close quarters. After they played their final show in 1996, they each packed up and left without saying goodbye.
  • Before their concerts, the Ramones would rehearse their entire set (unplugged) backstage.
  • In 1978, they opened some shows for Black Sabbath's Never Say Die! tour. It did not go well. In his Songfacts interview, Marky Ramone described one of the shows: "After about five or six songs, we got booed, we got every kind of coin tossed at us, and any other thing you could imagine, and we just said, "F--k you," and we left the stage. We gave them the middle finger and walked off."
  • As quoted in the book England's Dreaming, Revised Edition: Anarchy, Sex Pistols, Punk Rock, and Beyond, manager Danny Fields says the Ramones first album cost six thousand dollars to make, explaining, "The album was just making a statement. like the picture on the cover, you put them in the alley behind CBGBs and make sure it's in focus. They had invented themselves, and they could have probably done the album for six hundred dollars."
  • They never appeared on Saturday Night Live, although they did have an offer. In 1977 when the planned musical guest, the Sex Pistols, couldn't get into the country, producers asked the Ramones to fill in. They turned it down, and the gig went to Elvis Costello, who left his mark by stopping his performance and launching into a song he wasn't supposed to play.
  • The Ramones T-shirt has become a ubiquitous garment. It's estimated that more Ramones T-shirts have been sold worldwide than the band's albums.
  • Joey had OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder), which was so bad he would often return to places to retrace steps or touch certain objects. On one occasion the band's tour bus had to head back and forth between London and Heathrow Airport so he could finish counting the squares on one of the vehicle's checkered headrests.
  • In March 1996, the Argentine branch of Coca Cola announced they would give away free tickets to a Ramones concert in Buenos Aires in exchange for 10 caps from bottles of the soft drink. Massively underestimating the band's appeal in Argentina, Coca Cola didn't make enough tickets available, resulting in hundreds of Argentine youths rioting. Several Buenos Aires stores and businesses were looted and destroyed during their rampage.

Comments: 21

  • David from FloridaThe Ramones are my favorite band.they have been for 40years
  • Zero from The Abyss, NjI guess Germans rape differently than the rest of the world...
  • Daryl Rano from Scottsdale, AzThe Ramones ROCK! wish they were all still around...
    I've watched Rock And Roll High School at least a million times, and plan on watching it a million more ... demerit demerit!
  • Ziggy from HellDid anybody else happen to notice that on that fact about Dee Dee becoming a rapper, it said "He RAPED in German on one song"? That doesn't sound right...hehehe...Anyway, RAMONES ROCK! I love em. It's weird cause I also like Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd and all that, but for different reasons. I love them for the creativity and the complexity, the Ramones I just love for the simplicity. It's crazy!
  • Munch from Sunderland, OtherThe Ramones rock. Joey, Jihnny and Dee Dee you are missed. The Ramones still live and always will.
  • Mellissa from Wasaga Beach, CanadaThe Ramones will be around for awhile yet. Everyone loves the underdog
  • Laura from Ontario, CaThe Ramones will always kick major butt!
  • Maya from San Francisco-ish, CaMy favorite band EVER! :D
    They're great. So funny. So catchy. So lovable. So... untalented? But that's just part of their charm.
    They were all from Queens, NY. Dee Dee moved there after getting back from Germany, I think.
    Yeah, Paul McCartney used the alias "Paul Ramon".
    RIP Joey, Dee Dee and Johnny.
  • Micah from Huntington Beach, CaThey are so underrated. Same with the clash. So great.
  • Joey from Rochester, InJoey Ramone is a father to punk rock, and changed the way people will think of music of generations to come, you will forever hold a place in our hearts and mind.
  • Anna from Melbourne, AustraliaThe Ramones are so big at my school right now, I kind of started the treand really, everybody adores them. The ramones rock!!!!
  • Ethan from Elizabeth, CoThey did get their name from Pail McCartney as Johnny clearly says in the Ramones Raw dvd.
  • Katie from AustraliaWhat a band! I love the Ramones, and I find it hard to understand why they weren't more popular.
  • Max from Cleveland, OhThe band didn't get their name from the Beatles. My dad (Agnar C.) was a great friend of Dee Dee (Doug Colvin)in Forrest Hills, NY. Doug came up with the punk rock sound but decided to put a 50's spin on everything. Doug thought that "Ramones" sounded really 50's. He changed his first name to "Dee Dee" so that his initals would spell DDR (Deutch Democratic Republic)being German. He spoke German fluantly; he lived there from birth until he was 14 or 15.
  • J from Here, AlThe Ramones self-titled debut album was released in '76, a year before the Clash and Pistols' debut albums were released. So no, the Clash and Pistols weren't eligible until the year after the Ramones. The Clash were inducted in '03.
  • Daniel from Cape Breton, CanadaWe miss you Johnny!
  • Nick from Portland, OrIn Pet Semetary, "Sheena is a Punk Rocker" is the song playing when the truck hits the kid.

    I thought maybe there was another Ramones song playing when you first see the truck but I am not sure. The end credits only list Sheena and Pet Semetary.
  • Aaron from New York, NyAfter the Ramones broke up in 1996, Dee Dee, CJ, and Marky would sometimes get together to play small clubs in New York City. They called themselves THE REMAINS. I don't think Joey or Johnny were ever involved in this.
  • Aaron from New York, NyStephen King is a huge Ramones fan. Many of his stories have references to Ramones songs. The band also wrote a song for the movie version of "Pet Semetary". Also, "Blitzkreig Bop" is playing when the truck driver kills the little boy in the film.
  • Ariel from Woodbridge, CtI think it was just Paul Mcartney, who often used the alias Paul Ramone.
  • Joe from Philly, PaI think I saw somewhere that their name was a type of tribute to the Beatles... when the Beatles checked into hotels they would sign as Ramones instead of using their real names.
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