Today New York,
Tomorrow The World!
Whatever your taste in punk rock, I defy anyone to refute the
importance of
the Ramones debut album (released 40 years ago
this month on April 23rd). It's a record that changed lives! If your
just discovering punk or like me another old dog circling the block,
you really need this album in your collection. It still excites. 'The
Ramones' is an utterly, sweaty, sneaker filled row of buzzsaw
nihilism. It's a ripped jean, revved up guitar blast of leather bound
glory with exceptionally dumb vocals. In fact this album is
everything you ever need to know about punk rock!!!!...it really is
audio
"steamheat!"
29 minutes of rabid energy is the sound of an attitude that reflects
the true reality of Noo Yawk. It's the perfect snotty artifact that
epitomises and depicts punk rocks absolute introduction to the
safe stagnant, stale world of 1976 popular music. It's impact alone
can be still felt today!
'The Ramones' is an out and out classic from the iconic cover to
the total blitzkrieg on its stark black vinyl. Music as we knew it,
would never be the same again!
The Ramones formed in New York in '74 , and are the definitive bunch of loser white kids. All they had was the raw music they created  
with lots of practice and gigs. They and soon began courting the underground NY music press. Lead singer beanpole Joey Ramone
said Lisa Robinson, who edited Hit Parader and Rock Scene,
"started writing about us in Rock Scene,”. Robinson convinced Danny
Fields, who had managed
The Stooges, to see the band; he would eventually end up managing them. According to Fields the
Ramones
“had everything I ever liked. The songs were short. You knew what was happening within five seconds.”
Tommy Ramone the diminutive drummer claims, “Craig Leon is the one who got us signed. Singlehanded.” The Ramones auditioned
for Sire Records in the late '75 and signed with Sire in January 1976.
As Seymour Stein head of Sire Records has said,
“their melodies were very catchy and stayed with me, dancing around in my head, and
it was absolutely clear that for better or for worse, underneath it all was a pop-band mentality.”
The debut album was recorded at Plaza Sound, Radio City Music Hall New York in February 1976 for just over $6,400. According to
producer Craig Leon most of the work with the band was completed in a week:
“It took just three days to get the music down, four for the
vocals.”
In an era of bloated, overproduced excess, $6,400 was a paltry amount. “Some albums were making a half-million dollars to
make,”
Joey Ramone has said, “and taking two or three years to record, like Fleetwood Mac.”
According to Leon, “capturing the energy of the live shows was quite important. But if you jump to the conclusion that the sound of the
recording was just the sound of the band live you would be mistaken even though that’s what I was trying to convey. The album is quite
layered and structured and took full advantage of the studio technology of its time.”
The album itself sounded like nothing that proceeded it musically. Kicking off with their soon to become anthem 'Blitzkreg Bop'. The
Ramones
gave us their street manifesto with the gang like "Hey Ho Lets Go" via a mesmerising intro and is a song that definitely
generates steam heat on the dance floor. It's followed by Joey's snidey threat to the neighbourhood brats who he wants to
"beat with a
baseball bat, oh yeah, oh yeah ooh ooh."
Joey Ramone: "I wrote 'Beat On The Brat' about the spoiled brats in Queens." And what was
unleashed is addictive, primal angst with one of punks most memorable guitar riffs. 'Judy Is A Punk' begins a whole host of love/hate
songs dedicated to women who are either broken, damaged or down right crazy and boasts the classic line of sarc
"second verse same
as the first".
They slow down for the almost cutsey 'I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend' which sees the unrequited love sick Ramones at their
poppiest best. If you listen hard enough you can hear a 12-string guitar, tubular bells and a glockenspiel on this track. We lurch back to
basics during 'Chainsaw' with its ultra violent nod towards b movies faves like the 'Texas chainsaw massacre' and came with a mean
chainsaw sound on the intro and a guitar to match, complete with those unerving
"oh no oh yeah" outro chant.'Now I wanna Sniff Some
Glue' is probably one of their most famous tracks and yet another punk classic on the urban decay and boredom routine which these
boys knew a lot about. It became a punk staple complete with Dee Dee's "12345678" middle eight.  
"Now I wanna sniff some glue
Now I wanna have somethin' to do
All the kids wanna sniff some glue
All the kids want somethin' to do."
This track is also the song that inspired the first UK
punk fanzine 'Sniffin Glue'. Mark P. wrote
"I went and
bought the import copy before it came out in Britian. I
was just blown away. It was like...fucking hell, what an
exciting album! They had the edge over
Doctor
Feelgood
for me. This was something special, their
whole attitude."
Guitarist Johnny Ramone added: "We
couldn't write about love or cars, so we sang about this
stuff, like glue sniffing. We thought it was funny. We
thought we could get away with anything."
Joey and Dee Dee's lyrical collaboration's installed
sinister tension during 'I Don't Wanna Go Down To The
Basement' and ticks all the right boxes with that
impending doom of there really is something down there
with the slightly tongue in cheek
"hey daddyo we don't
wanna go"
. Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols learned his
primal bass routine to this song. Continuing
the
Ramones
penchant for cartoon violence, they warn all
the loudmouths out there with a stiff threat they're
gonna get beat up if they don't
"shut it up!", complete
with brilliant middle eight that fades out into the midst of
Queens.
The Ramones go almost political 'Havanna
Affair' with this spy spoof on the Cuban missile crisis. 'Listen To My Heart' is a breeze with those hand clapping and shimmering guitars.
Its followed by one of my fave
Ramones songs is Dee Dee's '53rd And 3rd'. The corner of 53rd Street and 3rd Avenue in Manhattan,
New York, is a real place that was once frequented by young male prostitutes trying to turn a trick. Written by bass player Dee Dee
Ramone, this song tells about young male prostitutes selling sexual favors to older men for cash. There was a rumor that Dee Dee
engaged in that same activity to earn drug money, but if there's any truth to it, he took it to his grave. The one cover they do on this
album is 'Lets Dance' which suits
the Ramones perfectly and they even add a keyboard on the last verse and make it their own but
blink and you might miss it. More relationship problems surge forward on "I Don't Wanna Walk Around With You" on this love hate
relationship number that boasts one of the few guitar solos on this album, but its a good un' which is made even better with a classic
dose of feedback, which then segues brilliantly into the penultimate tracks. Which comes with the brilliant
"I'm a Shock Trooper....in a
stupor yes i am",
ending with the classic "Eins! Zwei! Drei! Vier"! count in from Dee Dee as the band declare 'Today Your Love,
Tomorrow The World' before bringing the album to a close.
1-2-3-Yours
Peter Don't Care (April 2016)
THIS MONTHS PLAYLIST
THE RAMONES - 'Ramones' LP
THE RAMONES - 'Leave Home' LP
THE RAMONES - 'Rocket To Russia'  LP
THE RAMONES  - 'It's Alive' LP
THE RAMONES - 'Road To Ruin' LP

THIS MONTHS YOUTUBE
Features one of the many live clips of the
Ramones
on stage, but this one is from September
3rd 1982 in the Californian Sun and i really like the
sound and the fact that they were really outstanding
in a live scenario. Check out Joey brandishing a full
size baseball bat.
RAMONES SAN BERNADINO '82

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THE RAMONES
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be when i was last looking quite a few years ago but
if you can't be arsed searching then the official one
is always a good place to start. Its pretty clinical but
boasts some great  video footage.
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