|1. Blitzkrieg Bop|
|2. Beat On the Brat|
|3. Judy Is a Punk|
|4. I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend|
|5. Chain Saw|
|6. Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue|
|7. I Don't Wanna Go Down to the Basement|
|9. Havana Affair|
|10. Listen to My Heart|
|11. 53rd & 3rd|
|12. Let's Dance|
|13. I Don't Wanna Walk Around With You|
|14. Today Your Love, Tomorrow the World|
|15. I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend|
|16. Judy Is a Punk|
|17. I Don't Care|
|18. I Can't Be|
|19. Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue|
|20. I Don't Wanna Be Learned/I Don't Wanna Be Tamed|
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The Ramones are the godfathers of punk and this album probably encouraged a whole generation of bands to give it a go. The album does sound a bit like an angry wasp trying to explode and the Ramones rip through a bunch of great songs from the anthem Blitzkreig Bop to true love songs like Chainsaw and I wanna be your Boyfriend.
Love this album it is simply great. Rest in peace Johnny, Joey and Dee Dee you can be proud of this.
I have to say this is probably my favourite and most listened to album of all time.
The Ramones is not a clever record - no drawn-out solos, no turntablism (it was too early for that), no in-your-face rap diatribe (ditto), no 9-minute epics about Satanic worship. In fact, half its attraction lies in its unwitting charm and innocent acceptibility - the traditional strands of popular music (the love song; urgent, frenzied rock 'n' roll anthems) are interwoven with bombasts about glue sniffing, people who talk to much and scary things in basements. Not only that, but even the most inept of guitar players could play along. And the vocals? Well, the late Joey Ramone was hardly Frank Sinatra...
And it is for these reasons that The Ramones' debut is punk's best statement. Not only for the sheer aural assault and increased blood pressure levels that it gives, but also because it blatantly said, in true punk fashion, that if you want to go and do it, go do it. A 'call-to-arms' in fact. If punk was about DIY, "The Ramones" (musically at least) is Texas, Do-It-All and B&Q all rolled into one. With some Dulux Emulsion thrown in for good measure.
Forget about the over-produced, ugly, badly-dressed punk 'rawkers' of today. Here's some 28 minutes that could (and hopefully will) change their lives. Not only that, but in its incessant bravado and character - not to mention amazing rock 'n' roll songs - "The Ramones" is one of the five best albums ever made.... Read more ›
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