Singer Joey Ramone (born Jeffrey Hyman) lost his battle with lymphatic
cancer on Sunday afternoon. While the UK punk movement sported an
almost uniformed short hair, anti-establishment messy look, over in NYC
the Ramones chose a route of the long hair with dark glasses look and
no decorative messages on their backs. Sure, it was NYC punk and they
helped put the disgusting CBGB's club on the map (along with the
popularity of Blondie, Talking Heads and others), but their charming
blend of rock ideals (4 chords and songs about sniffing glue and
teenage labotomies) helped make their tunes some of the biggest rock'n'
roll youth anthems. In the career that approached three decades, the
group never changed their look and always held true to their guns. .