Thursday, April 12, 2012

Discuss: The Ramones


Karen: Hey, ho, let's go -talk about the godfathers of punk, The Ramones.


14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Bonzo Goes to Bitburg!

--Matt alias Anonymous

J.A. Morris said...

One of the best bands of all time, and one of the most influential as well.

Their first 5 albums are unimpeachable. And they were probably the best live act of their era, wish I could've seen them in their prime.

Anonymous said...

how could anyone not love a sweet gawky shy soul like Joey Ramone?

david_b said...

I dont' recall whether it was Joey or Dee, but one of 'em's a staunch conservative who used to tick off the other guys in the band with his ultra-conservative views.

Good for him..!!!

That cover is phenominal. I need to grab that and frame in my man-cave, been looking for it for a while. Pure attitude.

Love 'Sheena', 'R&R Highschool', 'Wanna Be Sedated' and all their hits. Along with B-52s, has regular airplay at my home. Loved their movie as well..!!

They seemed a bit more palatable than Sex Pistols, more tongue-firmly-planted-in-cheek approach.

Karen said...

That was Johnny, David B. There's a great documentary -the name escapes me right now of course -that shows Johnny talking politics and it really bugs Joey.

Always loved these guys, never saw them play. Just fun, unpretentious music. "1 2 3 4!!"

Karen

Edo Bosnar said...

The Sex who? Far as I'm concerned, punk was invented in NY (Ramones) and San Francisco (Dead Kennedys). Have nothing but respect for the Ramones, and am saddened by the fact that Joey, Johnny and Dee Dee are no longer with us.

Garett said...

Still love Wanna Be Sedated, and the Ramones got me into later bands like the Dead Milkmen--silly and fun.

Brett said...

Definitely somewhere in my Top 20 (if not Top 10) Favorite Bands of all time. I was lucky to get to see them play when they opened for White Zombie in '95.

david_b said...

Thanks Karen.. Didn't have time to check wiki to verify information. Would LOVE to see that documentary.

I still love hearing stories about the Phil Spector-gun story in the studio.

Anonymous said...

One of the greats. Ironically, I have more appreciation for them now then I did in the 70's-80's. Maybe I'm losing some needless pretensions in my old age.

I agree about the first 5 albums, but might extend that to the first 7. Have to include We Want The Airwaves and Psycho Therapy.

James Chatterton

cerebus660 said...

Like many other people here I'm a long-time fan of Da Brudders Ramone. Their first two or three albums are classics of fun, dumb rock 'n' roll and, even as late into their career as 1984's Too Tough To Die, they could still leave any other band standing for sheer sonic power. I saw them live on their 1987 UK tour and they were amazing! Check out my review @
http://glasswalking-stick.blogspot.co.uk/2009/10/favourite-gig-fridays-ramones.html
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Marky Ramone is still touring and still playing Ramones songs. He's well worth catching, especially when backed by the fantastic Anti-Product...

Karen said...

David, that documentary I was blanking out on is End of the Century. I saw it in a theater in 2005. Definitely worth a viewing.

Fred W. Hill said...

I didn't really get into punk until the mid-80s, when I was in my mid-20s, and switched from listening to San Jose's classic/hard rock station in San Jose (KOME) to San Francisco's alternative rock station, Live 105. The Ramones were part of that mix, of course. I loved their humor, as well as Joey's obvious outrage at Ronnie foolishly honoring SS dead (well, Ronnie also slyly honored the traitorous and murderous KKK when he visited Philadelphia, Mississippi, during his 1980 campaign. Amusingly, I heard the song "Somebody Put Something in My Beer" numerous times before finding out it was a Ramones song. And "Beat on the Brat with a Baseball Bat" just makes me giggle; not that I'm prone to violence but it's soooo ridiculous and true -- what can you do with a brat like that?
Then, just to be different, the drummers outlived the other members of the band!

david_b said...

Ah, the doc's the same name as the Spector-produced album, QUITE a story there. Loved 'Remember R&R Radio' and a few other songs off that album.

The Ramones were announcing their last tour when I was just getting into 'em in the 80s.

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