More than 30 years after the fact, it is hard to recapture the impact of the Ramones debut LP, released on April 23, 1976. It caught the rock ‘n’ roll world by surprise.
Issued during an era of wretched excess, amid the virtuosic indulgences of progressive rock and the party-hearty exhortations of disco, it was something new under the sun. The songs on the 29-minute, 14-track collection were loud, short, fast, funny, and almost invariably announced with a chanted “one-two-three-four!”. The lyrics – about glue-sniffing, Nazism, violence, and bad, stupid girlfriends -- were so dumb they were smart. On its cover, the four band members stared impassively into the... Read More