Formed in 1974 in New York, the Ramones helped invent punk rock with their loud, fast and brash new sound. The legendary band has inspired thousands of bands since and remain hip and relevant even among younger generations.
There are many fun facts and trivia to pull from about the band, but here is a list of 10 …
#1 The Ramones band name was in reference to Paul Ramon, the pseudonym the Beatles’ Paul McCartney used to maintain his anonymity when checking into hotels. The name was also chosen because it had a family feel to it.
#2 All of the members of the Ramones used Ramone as their stage last name. Their real names were Douglas Colvin (Dee Dee Ramone), John Cummings (Johnny Ramone), Thomas Erdelyi (Tommy Ramone), and Jeffrey Hyman (Joey Ramone).
#3 The Ramones began recording in February 1976, needing only seven days and $6,400 to record their eponymous debut album.
#4 The Ramones eponymous debut album cover was photographed by Punk magazine’s Roberta Bayley and featured the band members leaning against a brick wall in New York City.
#5 The album cover of Rocket to Russia was also shot against a brick wall, just outside the back door of CBGB.
#6 The average length of a Ramones song is about two minutes. One reason the songs were short … the band never performed guitar solos.
#7 Although Dee Dee Ramone left the Ramones in 1989 to pursue a solo career (including a rap album under the moniker Dee Dee King), he continued to write songs for the band until they retired in 1996.
#8 The Ramones toured relentlessly for over 20 years, but surprisingly, they never did so on a tour bus. Instead, the band spent their time on the road in a passenger van.
#9 “7-11” appeared on the band’s 1981 album Pleasant Dreams. The first stop the band would make after every show? 7-Eleven to buy snacks. Yoo-hoo Chocolate drinks were among their favorites.
#10 In March 2002, the Ramones became the first punk band to ever be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
#punkinspired … Do you have additional random facts about the band? Let us know in the comments below and watch the Ramones live in action in this clip from 1977 …