Punk-rock royalty, countercultural icon Jeffry Ross Hyman aka Joey Ramone was best known and loved for being lead singer in The Ramones. But lead vocal was just the tip of the iceberg when it came to this man’s extensive talents. Singer, songwriter and drummer also came under his domain (in fact he initially served as the group’s drummer while Dee Dee Ramone sang up front until their manager Tommy Erdelyi suggested a switch up).
Unbeliveably despite their manjor influence in the punk rock movement across the pond Clem Burke, Johnny Ramone, Dee Dee Ramone and Joey Ramone (all of whom adopted the Ramone stage name) achieved relatively minor commercial success (with their compilation album ‘Ramones Mania’ being the only one to sell enough copies to be certified gold in the US).
In 1996 the band split and within eight years of the breakup, the band’s three founding members – Joey, Johnny, and Dee Dee – had all died, making their deaths feel like less of a coincidence and more of an evil conspiracy of some kind.
Don’t get us wrong plenty of punk rockers have checked out early over the years, but Joey was hardly a live-fast, die-young type. He had a love for the music and a dedication towards doing it the Ramones way. He went beyond music and became an icon for geeks and misfits everywhere.
Recognition of their contribution to the world of punk rock grew over the years and they are now rightfully widely considered one of the greatest rock bands of all time.