YMMV: The Ramones

  • Base Breaker: End Of The Century, produced by no less than Phil Spector and presenting a somewhat Lighter and Softer Ramones.
    • Their latter-day albums with C. J. Ramone. It's more accurate to say that C. J. himself seems a bit of a Base Breaker.
  • Covered Up: "I Don't Want to Grow Up" was by Tom Waits from Bone Machine (it helps they've written many songs that are either "I Wanna X" or "I Don't Want X").
  • Critical Dissonance: At least regarding album sales, as the band is popular with critics and has many fans but never had a studio album above #44 at the Billboard 200, and only had two certified records (Gold for both the compilation Ramones Mania and the DVD Raw).
  • Ear Worm: The repetitive and to-the-point lyrics and music turn most of their discography into this.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Marky is better remembered as the Ramones' drummer than Tommy.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The band helped launch Punk Rock in Britain. (And, for that matter, everywhere else.)
  • Grandfather Clause: Despite the fact that they admitted to being highly pop influenced, they are almost never subject to the "pop-punk, not punk" mentality that dedicated punk fans hold, all because of being one of the first punk bands.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • Their last studio album is called "¡Adios Amigos!" ("¡Goodbye, buddies!"). After such album and the consequent tour, the band disbanded, and the four founding members died of different illnesses.
    • Joey's solo song, "I Got Knocked Down (But I'll Get Up)" is heartbreaking under the circumstances — by the time it was released, lymphoma had already taken his life.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Joey rejecting ping pong and the Viet Cong in "I'm Against It": Anyone remember Forrest Gump?
  • Magnum Opus: Usually Ramones, though Rocket To Russia and Leave Home also are strong contenders.
  • Seasonal Rot: The general consensus is that this happened sometime after Road To Ruin. Whether this includes End Of The Century or not is the subject of debate.
  • Seinfeld Is Unfunny: As with a lot of other punk bands, suffers from this in spades.
  • Signature Song: "Blitzkrieg Bop" and "I Wanna Be Sedated".
  • Tear Jerker: "Here Today, Gone Tomorrow," or as Joey put it on It's Alive, "We got a little tear jerker, for all you lonely hearts out there."
    • Joey's cover of "What a Wonderful World".
    • Joey's resigned-sounding vocals and the less-than-triumphant guitar solo of "I Don't Want to Grow Up".
    • Joey's acoustic rendition of "Life's A Gas" on his posthumous solo record, Ya Know?
      • Not to mention his slowed-down version of "Merry Christmas (I Don't Want to Fight Tonight)" on the same album. He just sounds like he's about to start weeping.
    • "Questioningly," about a guy running into an old flame, rejecting her, and later realizing how empty his life is. The solo just clinches it.
    • The last song on their last album, "Born to Die in Berlin". The title already establishes its downer credentials, but then the song comes out with the morbidly pessimistic lyrics, an oppressive, stifling atmosphere driven by possibly the heaviest riff the band ever wrote, and Dee Dee's last appearance with the band, singing a verse in German through a phone.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: Rocket To Russia, due to its Cold War associations.
  • Vindicated by History: They were not very popular during their day (at least in their home country, as the punk movement was mostly underground) but are today a staple of classic rock radio.