As iconic frontmen go, there are very few past or present that hold a candle to Joey Ramone. Along with the rest of his stage-ordained "siblings", the man christened Jeffrey Ross Hyman by his parents will always be heralded as a true innovator, his band's first long player preceding the spittle emblazoned likes of The Clash and the Sex Pistols by a good year or so. Unfortunately, as happens with so many artists that pave the way for others to follow, commercial success never really materialised to the extent The Ramones deserved, and despite releasing fourteen albums up to their split in 1996, they struggled to achieve anything beyond moderate levels of acclaim compared to the dizzy heights of those formative years.
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