The RAMONES – ” The Ramones ” Legendary Debut Released 40 Years Today

Posted: April 25, 2016 in Classic Albums, MUSIC
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Born and raised in New York City, the original members of The Ramones, Joey, Johnny, Dee Dee and Tommy, burst onto the scene in 1974, becoming the quintessential punk band of the decade. On February. 4th, 1976, they released their debut single “Blitzkrieg Bop,” which had a profound influence on the punk movement in both the U.S. and U.K. Then a few weeks later the First real punk album ever? dangerous discussion. I don’t know and to be honest I don’t care. For me it’s one of the most memorable LP’s ever and that’s what counts . 14 bubblegum pop punk blitzkrieg tracks in 29 explosive minutes generated by 4 bored looking dudes with lousy haircuts, leather jackets (probably stolen) and dirty jeans.
No useless guitar solos. No expensive special production effects.
The instruments were recorded in three days, the vocal parts were in four days.

Producer Craig Leon admitted that they recorded the LP quickly due to budget restrictions,
but also that it was all the time they needed. The final result was just smashing. Loud. Fast. Primitive. And an unforgettable motto: 1-2-3-4! The songs were stripped to the bone with wicked, nihilistic lyrics like never before. The unfamiliar tumult was confrontational .
But its  all good old rock ‘n roll. Back to the dangerous alleys in dark suburbs of great cities.
Original drummer (and later producer) Tommy once said that the band was just an idea. I believe him. I can imagine that the choice was quite simple for these four no future teenagers: music or jail. GABBA GABBA HEY!.
let’s have some dazzling fun at high-speed…

On April 23rd, 1976, punk decided it was here to stay. It was on that day that The Ramones released their self titled LP “The Ramones”. After Hit Parader editor Lisa Robinson saw the band at a gig in New York City, she wrote about them in an article and contacted Danny Fields, insisting he be their manager. Fields agreed and convinced Craig Leon to produce Ramones, and the band recorded a demo for prospective record labels. Leon then persuaded Sire president Seymour Stein to listen to the band perform, and he later offered the band a recording contract. The Ramones began recording in January 1976, needing only seven days and $6,400 to record the album. They used similar sound-output techniques to those of the Beatles, and used advanced production methods by Leon.
The album cover, photographed by Punk magazine’s Roberta Bayley, features the four members leaning against a brick wall in New York City. The record company paid only $125 for the front photo, which has since become one of the most imitated album covers of all time.

So Forty years ago this month, this was the album that created punk rock’s template, recorded in New York. The budget was minimal (about $6,500), the session was brief (a week), the songs were flowing (14 were recorded; many more would have to wait), and the sound was fast and fresh (stripped-down, with buzzsaw guitars set against melodic pop vocals).

The band was the Ramones, and while their self-titled debut didn’t sell many copies at the time, it is now considered one of the most influential albums ever recorded. It’s even part of the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry, added in 2012 and thus preserved for future generations to contemplate. Ten years prior to that, the band was  inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Gabba Gabby Hey!

I recall that first Ramones album getting home and playing it loudly at home, much to my father and mother’s dismay. One song in particular, the tongue-in-cheek “The KKK Took My Baby Away”, caught her ear. “Who writes songs about the KKK?” she protested. “And I’m like, ‘The Ramones! That’s who!’ ”

The Ramones formed in 1974 in Queens, New York Production cost of the album: $6400 with  producer: Craig Leon – also famous for his work with Blondie , later on he focused more on classic music and worked with Luciano Pavarotti, Andreas Scholl, Sir James Galway and The London Chamber Orchestra among others
The Front cover of the LP was a photo of the band in front of a brick wall in NYC – the record company paid only $125 for the now legendary picture taken by Roberta Bayley… released by the Record label: Sire Records with the Speed of: most tracks averaged more than 160 beats per minute
The album was certified as gold by the Recording Industry of America – 38 years after first release date – on 30th April 2014 , having sold more than 500,000 copies by then..
thanks to JL for some facts and words

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