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[[caption-width-right:360:The original line-up of The Ramones. From left to right: Joey Ramone, Johnny Ramone, Dee Dee Ramone and Tommy Ramone.]]

->''"Hey, ho! Let's go!"''

'''''1-2-3-4!''''' The Ramones, an American rock band first formed in 1974, are widely regarded as the first PunkRock band.

Their influence on the Music/PunkRock movement was musical rather than political. While the Music/SexPistols or Music/TheClash's lyrics focused on sticking it to the man, The Ramones preferred to talk about common juvenile themes, like love, drugs, alienation and cheap horror movies. In contrast to the luxuriant symphonic rock that was dominant at the time, they wrote very simple, very fast songs. Their other schtick was to adopt pseudonyms; all the various members of the band went by "[First Name] Ramone" even though none of them were related, and (for that matter) none of them had that surname in real life. While their influence on rock music is widespread (one magazine ranked them the second-greatest band ever, behind only Music/TheBeatles), their records never sold well and they toiled on in relative obscurity for many years before finally giving up the ghost in 1996.

In an all too [[BittersweetEnding bittersweet way]], the band are now arguably [[VindicatedByHistory far more famous and are given more credit now than when they ever were performing]], and after [[DeadArtistsAreBetter all of the founding members have died]].

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!!Principal Members (Founding members in '''bold'''):

* Marc Bell (Marky Ramone) - drums (1978–1983, 1987–1996)
* [[Music/{{Blondie}} Clem Burke]] (Elvis Ramone) - drums (1987)
* '''Douglas Colvin (Dee Dee Ramone)''' - bass, backing and lead vocals, guitar, synthesizer (1974-1989, died 2002)
* '''John Cummings (Johnny Ramone)''' - guitar (1974-1996, died 2004)
* '''Thomas Erdelyi (Tommy Ramone)''' - drums (1974-1978, died 2014)
* '''Jeffery Hyman (Joey Ramone)''' - lead vocals, drums (1974-1996, died 2001)
* Richard Reinhardt (Ritchie Ramone) - drums, backing and lead vocals (1983-1987)
* Christopher Joseph Ward (C.J. Ramone) - bass, backing and lead vocals (1989–1996)

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!!Studio Discography

* 1976 - ''Music/{{Ramones}}''
* 1977 - ''Leave Home''
* 1977 - ''Rocket To Russia''
* 1978 - ''Road To Ruin''
* 1980 - ''End Of The Century''
* 1981 - ''Pleasant Dreams''
* 1983 - ''Subterranean Jungle''
* 1984 - ''Too Tough To Die''
* 1986 - ''Animal Boy''
* 1987 - ''Halfway To Sanity''
* 1989 - ''Brain Drain''
* 1992 - ''Mondo Bizarro''
* 1994 - ''Acid Eaters''
* 1995 - ''ˇAdiós Amigos!''

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!!Live Discography:

* 1979 - ''It's Alive''
* 1991 - ''Loco Live''
* 1996 - ''Greatest Hits Live''
* 1997 - ''We're Outta Here!''
* 2001 - ''You Don't Come Close''
* 2003 - ''NYC 1978''

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!!! "Hey ho! Let's trope! Hey ho! Let's trope!":
* AlbumTitleDrop: In "Do You Remember Rock n' Roll Radio" for ''End of the Century''.
-->"It's the end, the end of the 70s\\
It's the end, the end of the century"
* AntiChristmasSong: "Merry Christmas (I Don't Want to Fight Tonight)"
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking[=/=]BreadEggsMilkSquick: "I'm Against It" goes back and forth with these tropes, as Joey rejects [[PoliticsTropes politics]], [[DirtyCommunists communists]], games and fun, Jesus freaks, circus geeks, summer and spring, [[SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll sex and drugs]], waterbugs, playing ping pong, the [=Viet Cong=], [=Burger King=], anyone and anything.
* BatterUp: ''Beat on the Brat'' is basically this trope's theme song.
-->''"Beat on the brat, beat on the brat, beat on the brat with a baseball bat, oh yeah!"''
* BigApplesauce: Played a major role in forming the New York punk scene, and many of their songs referenced different parts of New York City.
** "53rd and 3rd"
** From "Oh Oh I Love Her So":
-->"Then we went down to Coney Island"
** "Sheena Is a Punk Rocker":
-->"Well New York City really has it all oh yeah oh yeah"
** "Rockaway Beach"
** "We're A Happy Family"
-->"Sittin here in Queens eating refried beans"
** "I Just Want to Have Something to Do"
-->"Hanging out on Second Avenue Eating chicken vindaloo"
** "All's Quiet on the Eastern Front":
-->"New York beauty take my breath away"
* TheBigGuy: At 6'6", Joey towered over every other member and most other musicians.
* BrooklynRage: Unlike other NYC Bands, they were not from Manhattan but Forest Hills, Queens.
* CatchPhrase: ''ONETWOTHREEFOUR!''
* ControlFreak: Johnny Ramone.
* CoverVersion: The entirety of ''Acid Eaters'' consists of this. Further, the band covered their 60's pop influences throughout their career. On their very first album, otherwise all original material, the boys included a cover of "Let's Dance" (Chris Montez), and their last album started with Music/TomWaits' "I Don't Want to Grow Up". Other notable covers included:
** "California Sun" (The Rivieras)
** "Do You Wanna Dance?" (Bobby Freeman)
** "Needles and Pins" (The Searchers)
** "Surfin' Bird" (Trashmen)
** ... and two of their most unusual covers, the theme for the 1960s ''[[WesternAnimation/SpiderMan1967 Spider-Man]]'' cartoon, and Music/{{Motorhead}}'s tribute song to the Forest Hill Four themselves, "R.A.M.O.N.E.S."
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Dee Dee's life is littered with hard drugs, abusive relationships and even male prostitution.
* DeadArtistsAreBetter: They kept touring and recording relentlessly, but never got much wealth or recognition for it... until they disbanded and the first four members had died.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: A large portion of their songs consist of only a few lines or stanzas repeated over and over.
* DownerEnding: On so many levels. From all accounts, Joey and Johnny never did resolve their differences. The band never did achieve the big hits they were chasing for 20 years. The band were thoroughly dissatisfied with how their last show came off. Joey succumbed to lymphoma in 2001, Dee Dee died of a heroin overdose just over a year later, and Johnny died in 2004 from prostate cancer.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: Many Ramones songs are straightforward to a fault. Just a few examples:
** "I Don't Wanna Go Down to the Basement" is about not wanting to go down to the basement.
** "Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue" is about wanting to sniff glue.
** "I Don't Care" is about not caring about stuff (specifically, "this world" and "that girl").
* FilkSong: They had a few.
** "Chain Saw" was based on ''[[Film/TheTexasChainsawMassacre1974 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre]]''.
** "Pinhead" was based on the movie ''Film/{{Freaks}}'', with the "Gabba Gabba Hey!" chant being an adaptation of the "Gooboo Gabba Gooboo Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us" chant from the film.
** "Literature/PetSematary", which was written for the film.
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Joey is Phlegmatic, Johnny is Choleric, Dee Dee is Melancholic and Marky is Sanguine.
* GriefSong: "The KKK Took My Baby Away"
* HeavyMeta: "Rock and Roll High School" and "Rock and Roll Radio"
* {{Instrumentals}}: "Durango 95", their only song without any vocals. After its release in 1984, it became their traditional concert opener, prefaced with a recording of the theme from ''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly''.
* {{Irony}}: They will always be associated with New York, but their last concert was in California.
* ItIsPronouncedTroPAY: Sometimes Joey enunciates words in rather nonstandard ways. For example, in "I Don't Wanna Go Down to the Basement," he manages to say "basement" in one syllable: "bas'm." In "Texas Chainsaw Massacre," he pronounces "Massacre" with a long e sound.
* IWantSong: Many songs contain the phrase "I Wanna" or "I Don't Wanna". A collection of them have been gathered and parodied [[http://shirtsofsatan.files.wordpress.com/2011/02/ramonesmisfits.jpg here]].
** Examples in the titles include "I Wanna Be Sedated", "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend", "Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue", "I Don't Wanna Go Down To The Basement", "I Don't Wanna Walk Around With You", "I Don't Wanna Be Learned/I Don't Wanna Be Tamed", "Now I Wanna Be A Good Boy", "I Wanna Be Well" "I Wanna Live".
** Partial Exceptions: "I Just Want To Have Something To Do", "I Wanted Everything", "I Don't Want You", "I Want You Around", "We Want The Airwaves".
** Occasionally, as noted in the covers above, they would ask "Do YOU Wanna Dance?"
** These also appear within the lyrics, for example, in "Pet Sematary":
--> I don't wanna be buried\\
In a pet sematary\\
I don't want to live my life again
* LimitedWardrobe: Their stage attire varied even less than their music.
* MinisculeRocking: Of course. The first album packs 14 songs into barely 29 minutes.
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Averages a 6.
* TheMovie: ''Film/RockAndRollHighSchool''
* MusicOfNote
* PopPunk
* PowerBallad: "Poison Heart".
* ProfessionalWrestling: "Wrestling/TheCrusher", which originated on Dee Dee's rap album. The band rerecorded it for their last studio album, ''Adios Amigos'', with different lyrics.
* ProtestSong: "My Brain is Hanging Upside Down (Bonzo Goes to Bitburg)", an anti-RonaldReagan song that Republican Johnny Ramone hated.
** "We Want the Airwaves" is about radio owned by corporations not airing rock music any more.
* Music/PunkRock: One of the [[TropeCodifier bands that defined its ethos.]]
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: Deconstructed. They were a mess for most of their existence, and despised each other and were profoundly miserable at times.
* RefrainFromAssuming: "Blitzkrieg Bop" is not "Hey Ho Let's Go".
* SequelSong: "The Return of Jackie and Judy," for one.
* ShoutOut: The name ''Ramone'' was one, taken from "Paul Ramon", the pseudonym [[Music/PaulMcCartney Paul [=McCartney=]]] used to check into hotels during Music/TheBeatles' touring days.
** John Cusack's character Jake Anderson is wearing a Ramones T-shirt in a scene from ''MustLoveDogs''.
** And one Teenage Bottlerocket song has the singer giving a girl his Ramones sweatshirt.
** Also, one of Sylar's victims in ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' wore a Ramones T-shirt - which Sylar later wears to pass off as the guy just before Mohinder comes to pay him a visit.
* SingerNamedrop: "The Return of Jackie and Judy"
-->"Just to see the Ramones. Oh-yeah."
* SingleStanzaSong: They were quite partial to this one. Examples include "I Don't Wanna Walk Around With You," "Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue," "Listen To My Heart," "It's A Long Way Back."
* SpellingSong: Music/{{Motorhead}} wrote one about the band, "R-A-M-O-N-E-S". The band later did a CoverVersion themselves.
* StageNames: Taken by all of the group's members. None of them are related.
* StudioChatter: usually this just consists of Dee Dee counting in songs in his distinctive way. However, "Danger Zone" has a little bit more than that:
-->'''Dee Dee:''' Which song are we doin'?
-->'''Johnny:''' "Danger Zone"!
-->'''Dee Dee:''' Oh, ready? [[note]]or possibly "Already?"[[/note]] One-two-three-four!
* SubduedSection: "Blitzkrieg Bop" of course.
* StepUpToTheMicrophone- the song "Wart Hog", arguably the TropeMaker if not UrExample of the [[SoBadItsGood "passionate and barely comprehensible screaming"]] variant of HardcorePunk, is sun- er, ''performed'' by bassist [=DeeDee=] Ramone
* TakeThat: To a lot of Album-Oriented, Progressive, baroque, guitar-solo filled music that dominated most of TheSeventies.
** "Censorshit" is one to MoralGuardians (specifically calling out Tipper Gore by name), saying they're suppressing free speech and should focus on more important problems instead.
** They didn't spare each other. Joey wrote "The KKK Took My Baby Away" as a shot at the right-wing Johnny for stealing the liberal Joey's girlfriend.
* TeenageDeathSongs: "7-11," "53rd & 3rd."
* ThoseWackyNazis: Johnny Ramone had something of a fascination for Nazism and Nazi imagery, so lyrics mentioning or discussing Nazism pop up from time to time. This is probably most famously seen in "Blitzkrieg Bop", arguably the band's SignatureSong, but more explicitly in songs like "Today Your Love, Tomorrow the World", which uses the lyrics "I'm a Nazi schatze, y'know I fight for the fatherland." The lyrics were originally going to repeatedly state "[[RefugeInAudacity I'm a Nazi, baby]]" until the president of the record label [[ExecutiveMeddling told the band to change them]].
* ThreeChordsAndTheTruth: Almost every song. Sometimes two chords.
** Which could be attributed to Johnny Ramone's hatred of guitar solos. They were originally started because they "had gotten bored with everything else" and described '70 rock as overextended jams.
* TodayXTomorrowTheWorld: "Today Your Love, Tomorrow the World."
* TropeCodifier: PunkRock, at least the musical aspect.
* TruckDriversGearChange: "I Wanna Be Sedated", "The KKK Took My Baby Away".
* VitriolicBestBuds: Joey and Johnny Ramone- the two were polar opposites politically and philosophically, Johnny's facination with Nazism led to endless [[DudeNotFunny anti-Semitic jokes]] at Joey's expense, Joey constantly vetoed Johnny's edgier songs, and the two ultimately stopped speaking to each other after Johnny stole Joey's girlfriend (the inspiration for "The KKK Took My Baby Away"), and ultimately married her. Nonetheless, the two remained professionally inseparable, and when Joey died in 2001 Johnny was reportedly devastated and entered a prolonged depression.
* WordSaladLyrics: Typically the songs make some general sense, but sometimes there's some... odd insertions (like the whole "Do you like bananas?" bit on "This Ain't Havana").
** Could be a reference to "Havana Affair" from their first album.
-->PT-boat on the way to Havana\\
I used to make a living, man\\
Pickin' the banana
* [[invoked]]WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs - dramatically inverted in "Wart Hog" Not only were the [[ProtestSong ranting]], PoesLaw inducing lyrics the product of a ''very'' bad trip according to WordOfGod, the song ''explicitly mentions'' this fact. Twice. In separate verses. One verse contains the lines:
-->I wanna puke, I can't sit still\\
Just took some dope and I feel ill
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