Johnny Ramone

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It was a Nuthouse

In 1974 the New York City music scene was shocked into consciousness by a band of misfits from Queens called the Ramones. Playing in seedy Bowery bar to a small group of fellow struggling musicians, the band struck a chord of disharmony that rocked the foundation of the ’70s music scene.

They were the four weirdest kids in Forest Hills, New York. An army brat who claimed to sell Nazi paraphernalia for morphine. A delinquent who dropped TV sets off roofs. A gangling freak with OCD. And even a quietly organised music obsessive?? the four weirdest kids in Forest Hills, mixed leather, pop art and the Three Stooges and accidentally revolutionised rock?n?roll.

Everybody knows the shaggy-haired, leather jacket-sporting punk rock band from NYC known as the Ramones. With hits such as ?Blitzkrieg Bop? and ?Sheena is a Punk Rocker,? the Ramones were one of the first bands to hone and define the garage-rock-based punk sound of the ’70s, taking influence from classic rock bands like The Who; greaser, doo-wop, and ’50s rocker culture; and the balls-to-the-wall energy and stripped-down songwriting of the likes of The Stooges and MC5, turning it into a formula that created a revolution. Whether or not you like the Ramones, it’s impossible to overstate their influence.

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