40 years for Ramones self titled debut album
Recording sessions began in early February 1976 and were completed within a week for $6,400. The album cover, photographed by Punk magazine's Roberta Bayley, features the four members leaning against a brick wall in NY. The record company paid only $125 for the front photo, which has since become one of the most imitated album covers of all time.
'Punk' wasn't strictly invented by The Ramones, but they did the two minute blast thing, the simplicity and no jamming thing. Punk evolved, thanks to The Ramones. The word 'punk' had been around for years and years of course but The Ramones were the first American punk band in the modern, musical sense of the word. They looked funny, the songs were right, dumb and incredibly simplistic - but catchy with it. One thing The Ramones did do was bring a love of Sixties pop into the equation.
Fourteen songs, just over twenty nine minutes of music. Occasionally, the relentless assault of two minute catchy guitar riffs can become grating if the entire fourteen songs each employs the same vocal tone, same guitar tone, etc, etc. But of course, there are variations. It's these variations that we seek out. The Ramones weren't about doing anything other than write catchy songs.
The Ramones were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.
"When the [Ramones] hit the street in 1976 with their self-titled first album, the rock scene in general had become somewhat bloated and narcissistic. The Ramones got back to basics: simple, speedy, stripped-down rock and roll songs. Voice, guitar, bass, drums. No makeup, no egos, no light shows, no nonsense. And though the subject matter was sometimes dark, emanating from a sullen adolescent basement of the mind, the group also brought cartoonish fun and high-energy excitement back to rock and roll."
-Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
The album was certified gold in America by the RIAA in April 2014.
Joey, Johnny, Dee Dee, Tommy,The Ramones, were not your normal punk band. This is deliriously silly and happy stuff - a cover of an old Rock and Roll tune. Because they could, and they did.
The Ramones - Blitzkrieg Bop
The Ramones – Judy Is a Punk