The Ramones Sign Off: Wake-Up Video

The Sex Pistols often get credit for jump-starting the punk revolution in the late 1970s, but by the time Never Mind the Bollocks Here's the Sex Pistols dropped in late 1977, the Ramones already had three full-lengths under their collective belt. Formed in Queens, New York around 1974, the Ramones (none of whom were actually related, nor were any of them actually named "Ramone") stormed the growing punk scene in New York City with a mix of jumpy teenage aggression, sweet old-school soul and a penchant for slick singalong hooks. And as far as legacies go, it's hard to compare the Ramones to the Sex Pistols, as Johnny Rotten's collective were broken up only a handful of months after the release of Never Mind the Bollocks, while the Ramones were a popular and functioning band well into the '90s. On this day in 1996, the group performed together for the last time.

By the time 1995 rolled around, it looked like another great renaissance for the men of the Ramones. Punk rock had made it to the radio in the form of Green Day, and the Ramones released Adios Amigos, a stout collection of tunes that featured their classic sound: Three chords, two minutes and one awesome chorus after another. But the band took the title of the album literally and announced that their appearances on the 1996 version of the Lollapalooza tour (which also featured Metallica, Rancid, Screaming Trees and Soundgarden) would constitute their farewell. They stuck to their guns, and after the Lollapalooza tour wrapped up, they ended their reign as punk rock's oldest (and most influential) band with a show at the Palace in Hollywood, California. Ironically, one of their last singles was a fun, bouncy, slightly melancholy track called "I Don't Want to Grow Up," and there's no better sentiment to describe the band's approach to music — and to life — than that.

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