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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 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.

Customer Reviews

Best American Band

The Ramones

Great album; recording quality iffy

Wicked tunes. Is it just me, or does it seem like the bass is cranked with very little guitar?

Amazing

Love this album and wow it's 6.99

Biography

Formed: 1974 in Queens, New York, NY

Genre: Punk

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 considerably,...
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