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Editors’ Notes

Released on April 23, 1976, and recorded for an estimated $6,400, the first Ramones album remains among the most important albums of the 20th century, inventing punk rock (or at least updating the blueprint heard on the first Stooges album) and inspiring countless punk, hard rock, and metal bands in the process. The original 14-song album retains a brashness that's as evocative as its black-and-white cover photo and as severe as its hard stereo mix. At a time when much music was getting slicker due to technological advances made in recording studios, The Ramones ignored it and made sure the band's energy was heard above all else. There isn't a bad cut, and many have gone on to become classics. "Blitzkrieg Bop," "Beat on the Brat," "Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue," and "I Don't Wanna Go Down to the Basement" teem with the lessons of Brill Building pop and the elemental instrumental power of a guitar-bass-drums trio led by a singer who wished he'd been born in Liverpool. The deluxe edition offers even greater insight to the band's start, with demo recordings and previously unreleased songs. 

Customer Reviews

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.

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.

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.

Biography

Formed: 1974 in Queens, New York, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s

The Ramones were the first punk rock band. Other bands, such as the Stooges and the New York Dolls, came before them and set the stage and aesthetic for punk, and bands that immediately followed, such as the Sex Pistols, made the latent violence of the music more explicit, but the Ramones crystallized the musical ideals of the genre. By cutting rock & roll down to its bare essentials — four chords; a simple, catchy melody; and irresistibly inane lyrics — and speeding up the tempo...
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