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75 Essential Albums – #7 Ramones

After over six weeks of providing a rundown of 65 albums that I believe everyone should own we come to the final 10.  In the days between now and Xmas I will give a run down of my personal take on the top 10 albums ever released.  Hopefully I have given you some thoughts as to new albums to check out and I hope that the final 10 will have you rewriting your Christmas lists and picking up a few of these brilliant albums.

Ramones – Ramones

The Ramones debut album was released in 1976 and made on a budget of just $6000 and recorded in just 7 days using microphone techniques adapted from orchestral works and adapted by the Beatles.  Despite its 14 tracks the album comes in at under 30 minutes with the longest track coming in at just 2:34.  At face value It hardly seems likely that this would be a recording that would simply change the face of music.  Like Nirvana 15 years later the Ramones took a stagnating music industry by the throat and shook it back to life.

In July 1976 Rolling Stone wrote with “their first album, Ramones, is constructed almost entirely of rhythm tracks of an exhilarating intensity rock & roll has not experienced since its earliest days.”

Writing in 2007 Chris Jones for BBC music said “Dumb, crude, three-chord thrash? Yes. Fast, exhilarating and brand new? Yes. Intelligent, boundary smashing and woefully underrated? Definitely. The Ramones were all of these things and more. Like a film’s opening credits their first album contains everything that their later career was to offer, and in 1976 nothing else sounded quite like it.”

So it was with roaring guitar, overbearing power, catchy choruses and easy chord progression that the Ramones created one of the most recognisable sounds in music and created a new genre.  The songs are all hard-driving and catchy, the simple lyrics over top. “Blitzkrieg Bop” is the first real punk sound ever recorded and arguably one of the most recognisable songs of all time.  Seriously the four words “Hey, ho! Lets go!” repeated, over and over is hardly forgettable.   Likewise “Beat on the Brat” isn’t exactly cerebral with the lines “Beat on the brat, beat on the brat, beat on the brat with a baseball bat”, definitely not cerebral but definitely amusing and definitely catchy.

The great attraction of the album is its simplicity, its sense of fun and the controversy it created, believe me in 1976 no-one was singing songs like “Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue”.  Sadly for the Ramones they were just too different and too radical for radio stations and as a result they never really hit the heights of bands like the Sex Pistols and the Clash who followed in their footsteps.  That said, their influence cannot be denied,  In my opinion, this is one of the greatest and most influential albums of all time, check it out, if you don’t know it you will love it, if you do remind yourself what a great band the Ramones were.

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About The Sound of Summer

Hi, I am Alan. I live in Broadstone, Dorset with my wife, Shirley, my son, Ryan and two dogs called Bailey and Jasper. I have recently retired after working in the Armed Forces and in Public Service since 1977 so I now have a bit more time to do the things I love. Music is a huge part of my life and always has been. I have a broad taste in music and can find something to enjoy in most styles of music. I have always been attracted to music which has something to say, is outside the mainstream and is perhaps a bit rebellious. I guess my early influences were late 1970's Punk and new wave bands, especially those who came out of Northern Ireland where I grew up. I loved Stiff Little Fingers, The Undertones, Rudi, Starjets etc but also bands like The Ramones, The Clash, The Jam and so on. I like singer songwriters including Van Morrison, Springsteen, Neil Young & Bob Dylan and in recent years I have become more interested in folk and acoustic music but I also love the sort of high drive energetic Folk/Punk music delivered by bands like The Levellers, Leatherat, Ferocious Dog and many others who frequent the UK Festival scene. I have long since lost the desire to spend my holidays laying around in the sun and these days am much more likely to be found in a muddy field somewhere in the UK during the festival season.

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  1. Pingback: 75 Essential Albums – #6 – The Clash – London Calling | The sound of summer

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