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Friday, 7th April 2016
Who was puttin’ punk rock on wax before anyone? We’ll spell it out for ya, R.A.M.O.N.E.S. Joey, Johnny, Dee Dee, Tommy (also Marky, C.J. & Richie) Ramone took the proto-garage sounds comin’ out of Detroit in the late 60s and perfected ‘em inside the clubs of NYC in the ‘70s.
The ripples of their influence spread across the globe and through the decades. You can hear it every four-on the-floor rock n’ roll hook, see it in every decon denim & logo tee combo and feel it in any club or bar that supports a new wave of artists.
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The 70s punk scene conjures up images of mohawks, safety pin earrings and English alleyways, but it’s New York City and more importantly, The Ramones that started it all. With 4/4 timing, punishing downbeat riffing and impeccable pop instincts, four guys perfected an immediate and dangerous rock n’ roll alternative to the 1970s prog dinosaurs inside that walls of the notorious NY bar, CBGBs.
Adopting Ramone as a uniform pseudonym, the band toured virtually non-stop from 1974 to 1996. Their sound hardly changed or evolved over that time, but it never needed to. When you invent something as classic as the Ramones sound, you don’t gotta do much else.
The band rotated through members in the later stages of their career, but the formula never changed; bass, drums, guitar, vocals, “1-2-3-4!” Their hits were always cult, Blitzkrieg Bop and I Wanna Be Sedated were never Billboard sensations, but they have never gone outta style, gaining a cult following for young ears every generation.
Rocket To Russia (1977)
This is under 32 minutes of the punk rock fury with a touch of surf rock thrown in. This hybrid sound blended perfectly with Joey’s laid back vocals and the band’s punchy timing.
Sheena Is A Punk Rocker is practically an epic by Ramones standards at just under 3 minutes long; none of this album overstays it’s welcome and each song is over just as soon as it’s hook is embedded in your brain. Teenage Lobotomy touches on their usual rebellious apathy, but the riff are anything but apathetic. Crunching along after an expansive drum intro, it’s the perfect example of trad punk.
You can out this album on anywhere. Let it live in your car, soundtrack your pre-gaming or when you wanna add a lil’ punch to your next playlist, The Ramones deliver with a bonafide classic.
TOP TRACKS: Sheena Is A Punk Rocker, Rockaway Beach, Teenage Lobotomy
The Ramones style is as classic as their tracks. Ripped n’ worn denim rocked back with a minimal logo tee and a leather jacket. Throw on some simple kicks and you’ve got the uniform on lock.
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