Ramones – Ramones

Ramones – Ramones (remastered 2001)

How many times have I heard this record? Enough that it’s in my DNA, to be sure. What a perfect slice of early (1976) punk rawk.

It’d be easy to say this hairy bunch of individuals (look at that cover image!) were just a bunch of meatheads making knuckle-dragger music, but that’s so wrong. I mean, yes that last bit was a little bit true, but they were also making super-tight, super-smart songs with harmonies, interesting lyrics (about tough subjects), and a level of sassy fun that most bands still can’t even come close to touching. They were dirty and clean, my punk rock Beach Boys.

Warner Archives/Rhino have done a fantastic job putting this package together. I’d comment on the remastering job if I weren’t so busy jumping up and down and rocking out to the tunes. I mean, sounds great to me from here [jumping on the couch, stereo at full volume, playing air guitar]!

The 8 bonus tracks are worth more than the price alone (haha I spent $5 brand new), with 7 demos and the single version of Blitzkrieg Bop. Three of the demos (see track listing, below) were previously unissued until this set. Even the liner notes are a worthy read.

Completely essential.

Yes we'd love to come home with you to meet your Mom!
Yes we’d love to come home with you to meet your Mom!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Track Listing:

Blitzkrieg Bop
Beat On The Brat
Judy Is A Punk
I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend
Chain Saw
Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue
I Don’t Wanna Go Down To The Basement
Loudmouth
Havana Affair
Listen To My Heart
53rd & 3rd
Let’s Dance
I Don’t Wanna Walk Around With You
Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World

Bonus Tracks (all demos except the last track):

I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend
Judy Is A Punk
I Don’t Care*
I Can’t Be
Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue*
I Don’t Wanna Be Learned/I Don’t Wanna Be Tamed
You Should Never Have Opened That Door*
Blitzkrieg Bop (single version)

* previously unissued

19 thoughts on “Ramones – Ramones

  1. fishface says:

    Nice one! I often see kids wandering around in Ramones t-shirts and here I am at 59, saw the band back on New Years Eve ’77 at the Rainbow, London, immortalised on the ‘It’s Alive’ album. Their energy was amazing and their live renditions far faster than their studio recordings. Amazing!

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    1. keepsmealive says:

      Wow are you ever fortunate to have seen them in those early days (I was 3 in 1977). And to have a live album to immortalize it… YES! I do have a live record of theirs called We’re Outta Here! and the live versions on there were also WAY faster than the albums. There’s probably a whole musicologist’s paper in why the live stuff was played so much faster than the records. Thank you very much for your comment!

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  2. J. says:

    I’ve read a few things that have made me think that I ought to listen to the Ramones. Nothing with the impact of one line here, though: “my punk rock Beach Boys”. Nice work.

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    1. keepsmealive says:

      Just getting to the Ramones now? Wow, what a project! I mean, you’ll know the hits, but to just be getting into the albums now? I’d be fascinated to hear your thoughts!

      And thanks, I was pretty proud of that Beach Boys thing. It just felt right. I often search my sodden, ineffectual brain for just the right way to describe things and come up empty. Then I write for this blog anyway and you get what you get! Man, if I could do things like that more consistently, imagine what this blog would be like! I’d write more like… James! Holy hell, you guys would have to stand back from the glare of the awesomeness! haha.

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      1. J. says:

        Yup – they’ve been on the list since a post by Mr 1537 a while back. Just keep slipping my mind. Plus, it’s not too often I’ll see a nice Ramones record out on my travels (plenty T-shirts, though!).

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    1. keepsmealive says:

      Totally agreed. I know you dislike the evil shiny silver discs, but the bonus demos are fun too.

      I might actually say, with the Ramones, one really needs the first four albums. After that, you’re on your own recognizance. 🙂

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        1. keepsmealive says:

          Oh man, I hate when that happens. Maybe the computer is a teenager making first stabs at independent sentience. Ramones are good for that, I know I’ll be passing their records to my kids, for example!

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