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The Ramones

"Hey ho, let's go!" And so the Ramones introduced themselves to the world. The song was "Blitzkrieg Bop" and the album was entitled simply Ramones. For many people, those fourteen staggeringly short songs marked a joyous return to real rock 'n' roll -- to a time before the music was muddled by overblown arrangements and self-aggrandizing pomposity. They have been amazingly influential, showing budding musicians everywhere that you don't need technique to create exuberant, catchy and joyous music. Countless imitators followed -- everyone from the Sex Pistols to Blink 182 owe a huge debt to these four Brooklyn-based ne'er-do-wells. Onstage, the frighteningly tall Joey lurched and staggered, dangerously close to falling and impaling himself on the mic stand, while bassist (and primary creative force) Dee Dee shouted "1-2-3-4!" to introduce every song. The Ramones command attention with the sheer energy of their fast and loud sonic onslaught. They love pure pop -- the kind produced by girl groups of the early 1960s and songwriters such as Brian Wilson. "Sheena Is a Punk Rocker," "I Wanna Be Sedated," and even "Pet Sematary" are absolutely infectious songs. By melding such hook-laden tu... See More

The Ramones Concert Films

  • 1991: The Year Punk Broke

    Sonic Youth, Nirvana and The Ramones

    Year: 1991

    Runtime: 1 hr 38 min

    A visual document of Sonic Youth's 1991 European festival tour, which saw the aristocracy of the American Underground making their first inroads into the mainstream. Sonic Youth's lead singer Thurston Moore offers sardonic swipes at his band's position as the Royal Family of Alternative Rock, whilst a pre-'Nevermind' Nirvana skulk in the background, along with fellow courtesans Babes in Toyland, Dinosaur Jr, Gumball and The Ramones.

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