Ramonesworld Website Ramones (1976) Leave Home (1977) Rocket to Russia (1977) Road to Ruin (1978) End of the Century (1980) Pleasant Dreams (1981) Subterranean Jungle (1983) Too Tough to Die (1984) Animal Boy (1986) Halfway to Sanity (1987) Brain Drain (1989) Mondo Bizarro (1992) Acid Eaters (1993) ¡Adios Amigos! (1995) One of my favorite bands of all time, pure energy.... They were one of the first New York punks bands, and got the punk rock movement in America rolling. They started in 1974. Johnny Ramone on guitar, Dee Dee Ramone on bass (and possibly the only one that could count), Joey Ramone on vocals, and Tommy Ramone on drums. The Ramones recorded their debut album, Ramones, in February 1976. Of the fourteen songs on the album, the longest, "I Don't Wanna Go Down to the Basement", barely surpassed two-and-a-half minutes. While the songwriting credits were shared by the entire band, Dee Dee was the primary writer. The record, coproduced by Tommy and Craig Leon on an extremely low budget of about $6,400, was released in April. The now iconic front cover photograph of the band was taken by Roberta Bayley, who shot regularly for Punk magazine. Ramones made little commercial impact, reaching only number 111 on the Billboard album chart. The two associated singles, "Blitzkrieg Bop" and "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend", failed to chart at all. At the band's first major gig outside of New York, a June date in Youngstown, Ohio, approximately ten people showed up. It wasn't until they made a brief tour of England that they began to see the fruits of their labor; a performance at The Roundhouse in London on July 4, 1976 (second-billed to the Flamin' Groovies), organized by Linda Stein, was a resounding success. Their Roundhouse appearance and a club date the following night—where the band met members of the Sex Pistols and The Clash—helped galvanize the burgeoning UK punk rock scene. The Flamin' Groovies/Ramones double bill was successfully reprised at The Roxy in Los Angeles the following month, fueling the punk scene there as well. The Ramones were becoming an increasingly popular live act—a Toronto performance in September energized yet another growing punk scene. Tommy Ramone left in 1978 because he was tired of touring and the rock n roll lifestyle, Marky Ramone took over drums. He was originally in the band Dust. With the end of the 70s and the new drummer some their songs were beginning to get longer and a little bit poppier. their album Road to Ruin(one of their most widely known, especially with the movie "Rock n Roll Highschool" being released) was released in 1978. After the release of Subterranean Jungle, Marky Ramone was fired from the band because of his alcoholism. He was replaced by Richard Reinhardt, who adopted the name Richie Ramone. The first album the Ramones recorded with Richie was Too Tough to Die in 1984, with Tommy Erdelyi returning as producer. The band's main release of 1985 was the British single "Bonzo Goes to Bitburg"; though it was available in the United States only as an import, it was played widely on American college radio. The song was written by Joey in protest of Ronald Reagan's visit to a German military cemetery where SS members were buried. Richie left in August 1987, upset that after being in the band for four years, the other members would still not give him a share of the money they made selling T-shirts. Richie was replaced by Clem Burke from Blondie, which was disbanded at the time. According to Johnny, the performances with Burke—who took on the name Elvis Ramone—were a disaster. He was fired after two shows because his drumming could not keep up with the rest of the band. Marky, now clean and sober, returned. After Marky's return, they recorded four more albums--Brain Drain, Mondo Bizzaro, Acid Eaters(all cover songs), and Adios Amigos. They broke up after Adios Amigos. On July 20, 1999, Dee Dee, Johnny, Joey, Tommy, Marky, and C.J. appeared together at the Virgin Megastore in New York City for an autograph signing. This was the last occasion on which the original four members of the group appeared together. Joey, who had been diagnosed with lymphoma in 1995, died of the illness on April 15, 2001, in New York. In 2002, the Ramones were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which specifically named Dee Dee, Johnny, Joey, Tommy, and Marky. At the ceremony, the surviving inductees spoke on behalf of the band. Tommy spoke first, saying how honored the band felt, but how much it would have meant for Joey. Johnny thanked the band's fans and blessed George W. Bush and his presidency, Dee Dee humorously congratulated and thanked himself, while Marky thanked Tommy for influencing his drum style. Green Day played "Teenage Lobotomy" and "Blitzkrieg Bop" as a tribute, demonstrating the Ramones' continuing influence on later rock musicians. The ceremony was one of Dee Dee's last public appearances; on June 5, 2002, two months later, he was found at his Hollywood home, dead from a heroin overdose. End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones, a Ramones documentary, was released in theaters in 2004. Johnny, who had been privately battling prostate cancer, died on September 15, 2004, in Los Angeles, almost exactly as the film was released. The band had a lasting and impacting career, influenced soo many bands and people(including me), and made horrible in the greatest way music. Just punk rock. The ramones were and will always be the definition of punk rock, and no matter how many shitty bands copy them, they will always be the poster band for the American Punk movement. so, discuss this band *some of this is copied directly from wikipedia and I in no way take credit for some of this writing "