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)" from his solo album Don't Worry About Me is heartbreaking under the circumstances by the time it was released, lymphoma had already taken his life.
    • The music video of "Pet Sematary" features the band at a cemetery, performing to which a tombstone is put ontop of them as they're technically buried alive. This is worse now that all Joey, Johnny, and Dee Dee Ramone are gone (Tommy as well tragically, but he wasn't in the band anymore during the time the band recorded Brain Drain).
    • Too Tough To Die. The title is very tragic because, out of the four members who performed on the album, only drummer Richie Ramone is still alive.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Joey rejecting ping pong and the Viet Cong in "I'm Against It": Anyone remember Forrest Gump?
  • Narm: Punk rocker Dee Dee Ramone becomes rapper Dee Dee King. Hear for yourself Dee Dee's interpretation of hip hop. The one album under the Dee Dee King monicker, Standing In The Spotlight (subtle) was a critical and commercial dud.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The artwork for Brain Drain. Yikes!
  • 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".
  • 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.

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