American rock band. The Ramones, widely considered the quintessential early punk band, were formed in Forest Hills, Queens in 1974. Though not biologically related, all the members adopted the last name Ramone and had a signature haircut and scuzzy look. The band was a staple of the CBGB scene in the 1970s and songs like "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend" and "I Wanna Be Sedated" became punk anthems. The Ramones were awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011.