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.
The Ramones put on a front of unity. Members of the band had a uniform, a hairstyle, and an erasure of individual identities - they all adopted the last name Ramone. Behind the scenes, the Ramones were a deeply divided, tumultuous unit, whose lives were marked by mental illness and drug addiction. Crazy things the Ramones did range from stealing each other’s girlfriends to tricking friends into drinking urine and ditching punk in favor of rap. Read on for some little heard stories about the Ramones and the answer to the question everybody’s asking, “Which Ramone had his own line of marinara sauce?”