Reissued with Superior Remastered Audio on 180g Vinyl
TheRamonessounded like nothing else when their self-titled debut came roaring onto the scene in 1976. Even so, original drummerTommy Ramonedid do a pretty good job describing the band's primal sound when he penned the quartet's press bio that same year. "The Ramones all originate from Forest Hills and kids who grew up there either became musicians, degenerates or dentists. The Ramones are a little of each," he observed. "Their sound is not unlike a fast drill on a rear molar."
Named the "Greatest Punk Album Of All Time" byRolling Stone, and certainly one of the most important and influential albums of all time, the 29-minute masterpiece helped launch the punk rock scenes in both America and Britain, and also went on to inspire countless other artists for generations to come. Bringing a bubblegum sensibility to the fast-and-hard mentality, their primal sound is considered a blueprint for all things resembling snotty, catchy, ear-bleeding punk rock.
And with cornerstone anthems like "Blitzkrieg Bop," "Beat on the Brat," "Judy Is A Punk" and "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend" as its first four songs alone,Ramonesstature and supremacy is hard to argue.
TheRamones ignited the punk-rock movement with their eponymous 1976 debut, revitalizing rock and roll at one of its lowest ebbs with attitude, energy and a loud, fast new sound. By cutting music down to its bare essentials – four chords, a simple catchy melody, and a sped up tempo and irresistibly inane lyrics - the Ramones blazed the trail for thousands of bands that followed. The band's final LP of the '70s and fourth overall, Road To Ruin was their first to feature a three-minute-plus song, "I Wanted Everything," however, it's anchored by the all-time classic "I Wanna Be Sedated" and a signature cover of "Needles & Pins." Dee Dee, Joey, and Johnny were also joined for the first time here by drummer Marky Ramone, who replaced founding member Tommy Ramone, who'd left to do more producing and writing for the band.