Sadly, the last founding member of the Ramones, Tommy, has passed away on Friday, abruptly bringing a close to a band that defined the punk genre.
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It is officially the end of an era. Tommy Ramone, drummer and the last original co-founding member of the Ramones, has passed away on July 11 at 65 years old.
“Tom died yesterday, July 11, at 12:15 p.m. at his home in Ridgewood, Queens,” Andy Schwartz, publisher of New York Rocker magazine, said on behalf of Ramone’s family, per Rolling Stone. “He was in hospice care following treatment for cancer of the bile duct.”
Founded in 1974, the Ramones — Dee Dee, Johnny, Joey and Tommy — practically invented the New York City punk scene in the 1970s with hits like “I Wanna Be Sedated,” “Sheena is a Punk Rocker” and “Blitzkrieg Bop.” Dee Dee, Johnny and Joey Ramone all died within the space of four years, with Joey passing away first in 2001 from lymphoma at only 49 years old. Tommy was the last original member of the band and the only one to live to see his 60s.
To celebrate this band — that successfully provided a soundtrack to our rebellious teenage years — let’s all walk down memory lane and rock out to the Ramones’ best songs. Watch the neck though, we’re not as young as we used to be…
1. “Blitzkrieg Bop,” Ramones (1976)
2. “Sheena is a Punk Rocker,” Rocket to Russia (1977)
3. “Rockaway Beach,” Rocket to Russia (1977)
4. “I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend,” Ramones (1976)
5. “Beat on the Brat,” Ramones (1976)
6. “I Wanna Be Sedated,” Road to Ruin (1978)
7. “Judy is a Punk,” Ramones (1976)
8. “Pet Sematary,” Brain Drain (1989)
What is your favourite Ramones song? We all had a favourite member, who was yours?