Ramones

Formed January 1974. Disbanded 1996.
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Tommy Ramone on the Ramones

Filmed for the BBC Four documentary Once Upon A Time In New York: The Birth Of Hip Hop, Disco & Punk, here Tommy Ramone recalls seeing the New York Dolls and how it inspired the idea for the band that would become the Ramones.

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The Ramones were an American rock band that formed in the New York City neighborhood of Forest Hills, Queens, in 1974. Despite achieving only limited commercial success, the band was a major influence on the punk rock movement in both the United States and United Kingdom.

All of the band members adopted pseudonyms ending with the surname "Ramone", although none of them were related. They performed 2,263 concerts, touring virtually nonstop for 22 years. In 1996, after a tour with the Lollapalooza music festival, the band played a farewell concert and disbanded. By 2014, all of the band's original four members – lead singer Joey Ramone (1951–2001), guitarist Johnny Ramone (1948–2004), bassist Dee Dee Ramone (1952–2002) and drummer Tommy Ramone (1949–2014) – had died.

Recognition of the band's importance built over the years, and they are now mentioned in many assessments of all-time great rock music, such as the Rolling Stone list of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time" and VH1's "100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock". In 2002 the Ramones were ranked the second-greatest band of all time by Spin magazine, trailing only the Beatles. On March 18, 2002, the original four members and Tommy's replacement on drums, Marky Ramone, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2011, the group was awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

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    Rocket to Russia 1977

    Reviewed by John Doran
    Rocket to Russia is a classy album in ragged, oil-stained jeans.
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    Reviewed by Chris Jones
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  3. Review of The Ramones

    The Ramones 1976

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    ...not many people did actually buy the album, but nearly all who did formed a band.
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