Depending on who you ask, the Ramones are the band that first ignited the punk rock movement some four decades ago. From 1976 to late 1977, the group's original lineup of Joey (vocals), Johnny (guitar), Tommy (drums), and Dee Dee (bass) set the rock scene on fire with their eponymous debut album, its sequel Leave Home, and the especially great Rocket to Russia.
However, despite the fact that the Ramones would go on to release eleven more albums with different members, those first three records are still considered the group's be-all and end-all by many fans. (To that end, the Ramones' fanbase is somewhat similar to that of Metallica.)
Sure, the band's original lineup was absolutely fantastic, but to say that the Ramones' legacy begins in the spring of '76 and ends in the winter of '77 does a massive disservice to some of the great work they did all the way through to the '90s.
Marky Ramone (the Ramones' drummer from 1978-1983 and 1987-1996), Richie Ramone (their drummer from 1983-1987), and C.J. Ramone (their bassist from 1989 to 1996) were a part of some genuinely fantastic and, at times, iconic Ramones tracks during their respective stints with the band.
The fact that there aren't nearly as many Ramones t-shirts with their names on them as there are for the original lineup is honestly a massive shame, all things considered.
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