22 Songs, 44 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

One of the most thrilling albums ever made, the Ramones' debut defined the sound of American punk rock. Fast, loud, and subversively smart, these wise guys from Forest Hills, Queens fearlessly repurposed the cleanest '50s and '60s pop models—from girl groups to Beach Boys—for a disaffected new generation. From the shout-along choruses and needling fuzz guitars of "Blitzkrieg Bop" to the Lesley Gore-sweet "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend," these rip-roarin’ cuts still sound as fresh as if they were recorded today.

EDITORS’ NOTES

One of the most thrilling albums ever made, the Ramones' debut defined the sound of American punk rock. Fast, loud, and subversively smart, these wise guys from Forest Hills, Queens fearlessly repurposed the cleanest '50s and '60s pop models—from girl groups to Beach Boys—for a disaffected new generation. From the shout-along choruses and needling fuzz guitars of "Blitzkrieg Bop" to the Lesley Gore-sweet "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend," these rip-roarin’ cuts still sound as fresh as if they were recorded today.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
136 Ratings
136 Ratings
Matchbox20Fan ,

First punk album ever made

This album is excellent. The Ramones were the first punk band, and without them, so many other bands would never have existed, such as EVERY punk band, or even bands that claim to be punk but aren't. Though the image of punk is generally more violent, political, or rebellious than this, this is where punk started. This album is a must-have for any punk fan. The Ramones, while not having very complex music, were still a great band, because what they did was invent a completely new style of music. Fast, simple, and fun rock songs. That is why they are considered such a great band.

one solid album ,

best album ever

This album started a revolution. Don't be a loser and only download blitzkreig bop like a loser, but this album, and you will realize what you have been missing all those years. its gets better and better each time you listen to it.

RandyRhoads33 ,

Perhaps the first "official" Punk Rock album

While others (such as The New York Dolls, The Stooges and The Velvet Underground) laid the foundation for punk rock, the Ramones are generally thought to be the first completely "punk" band. Unlike the bands that would come after them, the Ramones were not incredibly violent and anarchic (e.g., The Sex Pistols) nor were they especially political (e.g., The Clash), the exception being "Bonzo Goes to Bitburg" on the much later album Animal Boy. However, the Ramones simple and straightfoward style of rock music set the standard for countless punk bands to come. Their style of stripping rock down to its raw core was a decidedly different approach than many of the more stylized music of many rock bands during this period (e.g., Queen, Boston). Nor were they blues-based hard rockers glorifying their excesses (a la AC/DC or Aerosmith). The Ramones were instantly recognizable thanks largely to the unpretentious vocals of Joey Ramone and the "buzz-saw" of Johnny Ramone's guitar. Dee Dee Ramone and Tommy Ramone were a fast-paced, simple, and raw rhythm section that fit the Ramones's stlye perfectly. This album, their debut, was never accorded the commercial success it deserved. Containing probably their second most famous song (after "I Wanna be Sedated") "Blitzkreig Bop" and other classics such as "Judy is a Punk" and "Chain Saw", this album is the Ramones's first step on their way to eventual (though long overdue) recognition as the "fathers of punk". Other songs that stand out are the humorous ode to inhaling substances ("Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue") and the Dee Dee Ramone penned "53rd & 3rd", a song about prostitution that is much more suggestive than usual for the Ramones. Overall, this album is well worth your looking into, and almost necessary to at least have a few songs if you are a punk fan.

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