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“We were real. We were unique. We’re like four unique individuals. It’s a chemical thing. It’s a strong chemical imbalance. Opposites attract and all that crap” Joey Ramone
JEANS AND CONVERSE SHOES ICONS “THE PUNK-ROCK BAND THE RAMONES
Pop culture, a totality of ideas, perspectives, attitudes, images, philosophy, music, design, art, and creativity gain popularity across the world in a faster way than ever before and has become the standard of mass consumption in real-time
Ramones true denim icons and punk rock band wearing faded blue denim jean’s regular fit, straight legs and skinny fit. The Levi 505 zip fly jeans made in the 60s is a genuine classic. Be careful because the Levi, 505 fit today is different and cannot be compared with the 60s or 70s fit. London may have been ground zero for punk, but the loud, manic sounds of the Ramones are 100% American. The bands original four members – Tommy, Johnny, Joey, and Dee Dee all adopted the name Ramones as surname and was in front of an entirely new musical movement. Velvet Underground was creation of factory studio and Andy Warhol. Ramones was heavily influenced on what happening in New York in the middle of the 70s, and the Ramones were a definite attempt to do something. They weren’t trying to an art band; they were trying to be heavy mental bubblegum. Who was Ramones?
THE CLUB CBGB N.Y.C THE RAMONES HOME AND PLAYGROUND
Not only, Ramones was inspired by the scene around Andy Warhol and the factory (the post on Andy Warhol and the Factory “All tomorrows parties, Andy Warhol, Billy Name and the Factory.“, almost the full rock scene was; Avant-garde movies, comic books and mad magazine were a big part of the brand new artistic sphere in New York in the 1970’s. Ramones real playground as many other bands growing up with punk music was the club in East Village CBGB. Ramones could play an entire concert in 20 minutes; one song after another started with one, two, and three and rarely lasted for more than three minutes. The Ramones was like New York City on speed, just faster.
MC5, IGGY POP, STOOGES AND THE SEX PISTOLS
The bands the Ramones and lead singer Joey Ramone went seeing and was their musical reference points, and inspiration was bands such as the Stooges, Iggy Pop, and MC5, following they became a part of the emerging culture that later should be labeled punk, a movement that happened on both sides of the Atlantic, partly unaware of each other. Later, around 1975 the punk movement across USA and UK were equally admired of each other work, bands such as The Sex Pistols that was a band concerned about the image and concept as a band as much as the music. Nevertheless, the Ramones biggest inspirations at that same time were the second album of the Clash “white riot.” A highly recommended post; 1970s fashion look books, the only band that mattered, the Clash
The fashion viewpoint of Malcolm McLaren manager of Sex Pistols and the designer Vivienne Westwood should become during those years 1975–1977 the leading designer duo in the world, what they did with Sex Pistols managed to steal PR of the punk scene and made it difficult for bands that actually were better. Their store Sex that later took the name Seditionaries in Kings Road were at the moment the most important fashion store for the world, and the duos were admired of Ramones style, fast and energetic music. They understood that The Ramones with their style not only was ahead of their time music wise, they also had a clear vision and concept with their uniform, 3-4-minute songs and 20-30 minutes concert set. A style they also applied to the Sex Pistols. Read 1970s punk youth culture and fashion look books
ONE -TWO- THREE-FOUR, THE RAMONES STYLE
Ramones style from the last half of the 70s, alternative clean punk rock style. They represent the iconic look of N.Y and America. Their style was simple, clean and the clothes represented by American original brands such as Levi’s jeans, Converse shoes and plain tees with alternative underground band graphics. The clothes were not worn, baggy or tight but more like the second skin. They had a typically anorexic frame rock star body, long hair with mod cut, pale white skin.
CONVERSE ALL STARS SHOES
Shoes, the classic Original American brand Converse Chuck Taylor all-stars. Fabric canvas, high or low model, colors black or worn out faded blue and often with plain or graphic tees – fitted and worn out together with a pair of Converse all-star. The combination a Levi’s 505 or 501, black heavy leather jacket, however, short waist, the mandatory tee and Converse shoes is “The Ramones uniform.” A “cartoon like” classic-rock outfit for both sexes, if you’re in addition if your figure is slim there is possible no way to go wrong.
LEVI’S 505 JEANS WITH ZIPPER 60’s STYLE
Ramones and denim-jeans; Levis 501 lines, a line that has all the varieties of a classic five pocket western Jean with buttons; however, zip fly as the 505 fit that were introduced by the American Authentic brand Lee and picked up by Levis in the 1960s as a part of the skinny fit at that present time. A zip fly is a better alternative if you want a really skinny fit as they had in the 1970s, people to a sense of fashion, did lay upon the ground used a tang to push up the zipper or got help to do it therefore, buttons were no option . Instead, 505 jeans designed with the zipper-fly front. The 505 that is in the market today is updated and a different model than the 1970s fit. Recommended post How to put your soul into a Levi’s 501 shrink to fit jean?
MY PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH THE LEVI STRAUSS 505 JEANS FIT
Personally, I do not like the new fit as Levis has made them to adapt today’s more mainstream trends, the 1970s were another world, extremely a trend conscious and took everything as far out. It is just to have a look at the 1970s bell bottom Jean to understand. This was the mainstream back in the late 60s and 70s unfortunately; the fit today is both wider and lower than the waist, nevertheless, worn too high. The fits in 1970s were sexy, swaging the Jean on your hip were weary both by girls and boys. As a former designer for Levi Strauss I believe this is a mistake. In my opinion the original 505 who was high waist, and, could be worn low by girls is critical for as their bum look wise has become too big. I cannot understand that Levi’s that have a long history do such mistakes and not after the original. However, this is also the case for 501 that in most cases get a different fit for each decade; this is one of the reasons for that Levi’s 501 lost the grip on the market in the late 1990s and early 2000.
TEES AND GRAPHIC CODES
Tee graphics with indie and rock band motives. Classic tees, N.Y tees, black & white, faded 2 hand look. The tee was always fitted. This is important to remember as it’s an essential style of a skinny fit (Ramones-tees-from-the-70s Kenneth’s at Buddha Jean’s collection). Read the useful posts; ‘”tees icon one of the punk movements, the fashion revolution started that with Vivienne Westwood, Sex Pistols. Look books and youth culture punks” and finally, the post about the significant English band musically as well as fashionably, a band that bridged punk, post punk and new-wave, the reason U2 started; the almighty The Clash from UK, most probably besides The Beatles and The Rolling Stones the finest and important bands come out of UK in pop rock history.
SCHOTT BLACK LEATHER JACKET, PREFERABLY THE ORIGINAL AMERICAN NYC PERFECTO MOTORCYCLE JACKET AND JOEY RAMONE SUNGLASSES
Arguably, the most famous leather motorcycle jacket in history was the Schott NYC Perfecto 618. This jacket set off the leather motorcycle craze in the middle 1950′ when worn by Marlon Brando in the 1953 film “The Wild Ones”; the Ramones wore this type of jacket of course. Joey Ramone wore always Aviator style sunglasses will perform, the American jeans brand True Religion has designed a pair of Vintage replica sunglasses named Joey; classic Ray Ban pilot glasses, steel frames with big mirror glasses.
THE RAMONES DNA
WHO: American punk rock band The Ramones with pseudonyms ending on Ramone.
THE MEMBERS:Dee Dee Ramone (Douglas Colvin), Johnny Ramone (John Cummings) Joey Ramone (Jeffry Hyman), Tommy Ramone (Thomas Erdelyi), Marky Ramone (Marc Bell), Richie Ramone (Richard Reinhardt) (Elvis Ramone (Clem Burke) and C. J. Ramone (Christopher Joseph Ward)
WHEN: Formed in 1974
WHERE: New York City neighborhood of Forest Hills, Queens, US.
ACHIEVEMENTS: The Ramones made 2363 concerts and 14 studio albums and were inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame in 2007 and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
WHY DENIM ICON? Toured in the name of denim nonstop for 22 years; 2263 concerts before their farewell concert in 1996. The Ramones’ visual imagery and art complemented the themes of their performance and music. The band members adopted a uniform look of long hair, leather jackets, T-shirts, torn jeans, and sneakers. This fashion emphasized minimalism, which was a powerful influence on the New York punk scene of the 1970s and reflected the band’s short, simple songs. Heavily influenced by Andy Warhol scene and Avant-garde films and comic books they are seen as the ultimate American band. The band released 14 studio albums and inspired to 48 tribute albums.
FILMS ABOUT THE RAMONES
A must see film about the band, fashion style and history is the great documentary “End of the Century”, there is no need to see another. Another film worth seeing is Too Tough to Die: A Tribute to Johnny Ramone (2006). However, if you feel like see a non-documentary film Detroit Rock City Cast or Rock ‘n’ Roll High School. The full list of films related to the Ramones and also with their music
USEFUL WEBSITES AND INFORMATION
About Ramones Wikipedia
Ramones sunglasses Joey
Levi’s 505 zip fly 60s
Motorcycle jacket Schott N.Y.
Leave Home (1977)
Rocket to Russia (1977)
Road to Ruin (1978)
End of the Century (1980)
Pleasant Dreams (1981)
Subterranean Jungle (1983)
Too Tough to Die (1984)
Animal Boy (1986)
Halfway to Sanity (1987)
Brain Drain (1989)
Mondo Bizarro (1992)
Acid Eaters (1994)
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