One, Two, Three, Four! The Ramones!
Originating out of New York City's Queens district in the mid 1970s, The Ramones are one of the biggest names in rock and roll. The original group consisted of lead singer Joey Ramone, lead guitarist Johnny Ramone, bassist Dee Dee Ramone, and drummer Tommy Ramone – and yes, they all adopted surnames to reflect their band's name.
Throughout their decades-long career, The Ramones performed some 2,263 concerts, touring both in the US and abroad. Ever wonder who's responsible for pioneering the punk rock movement? According to some sources, it's The Ramones. MTV even published an article on its website, in which in said The Ramones were the first punk rock band. That's a pretty bold statement given the countless number of other “punk rock” bands who've appeared since then.
“The Ramones were the first punk rock band,” wrote MTV.com in its biography on The Ramones. “Other bands, such as the Stooges and the New York Dolls, came before them and set the stage and aesthetic for punk, and bands that immediately followed, such as the Sex Pistols, made the latent violence of the music more explicit, but the Ramones crystallized the musical ideals of the genre.”
Whether or not The Ramones truly invented punk rock is open to debate. However, there's no denying the fact that Johnny, Joey, Dee Dee and Tommy heavily influenced the genre, shaping it into what we now call punk rock. They went where no other band had gone before, putting their own unique spin on traditional rock and rock. This spurred a new era of music, giving other punk rock bands to venture into this same uncharted territory.
You can show your support to the pioneers of punk rock by sporting one of The Ramones t-shirts offered here at BeltsBucklesTees. The shirt depicted below features a Presidential-like logo along with the words “Joey Ramone – One, Two, Three Four.” Unless you're a die-hard fan who's seen The Ramones perform, you might be wondering what exactly this means. Well, before playing a new song, Dee Dee would scream into the microphone, “one, two three, four!” to get fans amped up. I think it's safe to say it worked, because fans still associate this phrase with The Ramones.
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