The Ramones revolutionized music when they formed in Queens, New York back in 1974. They’re widely considered the first punk rock band, creating a blueprint for the genre that bands would go on to copy for decades. Whether it’s the infectious shouting“hey ho, let’s go” when“Blitzkrieg Bop” hits, or the catchy songwriting of“I Wanna Be Sedated” that gets stuck in your head, the Ramones made timeless music that remains relevant today.
The Ramones’ logo is one of the most recognizable in music history, designed by artist Arturo Vega. Vega built the concept around the use of the United States presidential seal, viewing the band as the“ultimate” all-American band. The baseball bat in the right claw was a nod to Johnny Ramone’s baseball fandom, the arrows were included to represent the band's aggression, and the left claw holds an apple tree branch because the band was as“American as apple pie,” as explained by Vega. The eagle also holds a ribbon with the“hey ho, let’s go” lyrics from“Blitzkrieg Bop.” The final touches on the logo are the names of the four founding members: DeeDee, Johnny, Tommy, and Joey.
Now, the Ramones seal is one of the most iconic band logos ever created.