Trivia / The Ramones

  • Author Existence Failure: The entire original lineup of the band is gone. Joey, Johnny, and Dee Dee all passed within 8 years of their breakup — Joey to lymphoma in 2001, Dee Dee to an overdose in 2002, and Johnny to prostate cancer in 2004. Original drummer Tommy succumbed to bile duct cancer in 2014.
  • Breakthrough Hit: "Blitzkrieg Bop".
  • Chart Displacement: Their highest charting "hit" on the charts? "Rockaway Beach", which peaked at #66. In fact, of their three charting singles, none of them were the legendary "Blitzkrieg Bop" or "I Wanna Be Sedated". Even on other charts, it was songs from the band's final years, "Pet Sematary" and "Poison Heart" (#2 and #6 at the Modern Rock charts).
  • Creator Backlash:
    "I think that some of the worst crap I ever wrote went on the album. That was me at my worst."
    • Johnny said:
    "End of the Century was just watered-down Ramones. It's not real Ramones. 'Baby, I Love You'—I didn't play on that at all. What am I gonna do—play along with an orchestra? There's no point. End of the Century was trying to get a hit on each song, instead of trying to get a hit on one or two of the songs on the album and trying to make the rest as raunchy as you can. They ain't gonna play the other ten songs, anyway."
    • Johnny raved about Mondo Bizarro when it was released, but grew to hate it over the years, admitting a dislike in the End of the Century documentary.
  • Genre Popularizer: They unintentionally created and popularized the Pop Punk genre.
  • Missing Episode: "Carbona Not Glue" from Leave Home was deleted from copies, due to a potential lawsuit from the makers of Carbona, a trademarked cleaning solvent. A live version of the song was a Hidden Track on the version of Loco Live released by Sire records, and the studio version appeared on the box set Weird Tales Of The Ramones, but to this day the song isn't included on Leave Home itself.
  • No-Hit Wonder: Despite being cult legends, their highest selling album (End of the Century) peaked at #44, and they never got higher than #66 on the Billboard Hot 100 ("Rockaway Beach").
  • One of Us: their Spider-Man Theme cover cements their geek status.
  • Promoted Fanboy: Replacement bassist C.J. Ramone was a big fan of the band before joining.
  • Troubled Production: The band had a notoriously horrible time recording End of the Century under Phil Spector.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: Rocket to Russia, due to its Cold War associations.