40 Years of Ramones!
It seems like just yesterday I was playing my records (secretly) in my bedroom on my funky little disco light turntable. Little did I know then, I would soon find a music and a culture that would fuel intense creativity and passion inside me.
Punk is officially 40 years old this year and it (nor myself) shows no signs of slowing down.
One of the greatest Punk bands to ever hit the airwaves were the Ramones from Queens, NY. The band formed in 1974 and got their start playing a little dive bar in the NYC Bowery District called CBGB’s. After being signed to Sire Records in 1975, the Ramones first self-titled album came out in April 1976 – with the longest song being only 2:41. The rest, as they say, is history.
Any self-respecting Punk knows exactly what those numbers mean at a Ramones concert – frankly it was one of the only way to differentiate between the songs in their sets. If you thought a Ramones song was quick on their albums, it was doubly fast when played live.
The energy of a Ramones concert was magical and from my experience, has never been duplicated by any other band I’ve seen live. It’s good, clean fun at a Ramones concert, with lots of pogo-ing, singing and overall joy, especially if you are up by the stage (which I was the few times I saw the Ramones live in concert).
Opening this evening at the Queens Museum in Queens, NY is “Hey! Ho! Let’s Go: Ramones and the Birth of Punk”, an exhibit celebrating 40 years of the Ramones and their influence on Punk. I cannot wait to take a (much-needed) road trip to see this amazing tribute to one of the most well-known and influential Punk bands ever.
In honor of this exhibit and 40 years of the Ramones, I’ve assembled a purely Ramones 40 song mixtape playlist of their music, both album and live cuts, along with a few gems from the 1979 classic indie movie, Rock ‘n’ Roll High School, starring the Ramones and P.J. Soles.
This starts my year-long celebration of 40 years of Punk, and what a way to start it off!
I’m so glad I got to see the Ramones live while they were still around. What’s your favorite Ramones song? Did you ever see them live? Please comment below with your faves and memories of this great Punk band!
- Blitzkrieg Bop
- Teenage Lobotomy
- We Want The Airwaves
- Somebody Put Something In My Drink
- I Wanna Be Sedated
- Bonzo Goes To Bitburg (My Brain is Hanging Upside Down)
- I Wanna Live
- Rock ‘n’ Roll High School
- I Want You Around
- Do You Wanna Dance
- I Don’t Want To Grow Up
- Rock and Roll Radio
- Rockaway Beach
- Beat on the Brat
- Cretin Hop
- Judy Is A Punk
- Pet Sematary
- California Sun
- I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend
- I Believe In Miracles
- Bye Bye Baby
- I Need Your Love
- Needles and Pins
- Go Mental
- Suzy Is A Headbanger
- Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World
- I Don’t Wanna Go Down To The Basement
- Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue
- We’re A Happy Family
- Surfin’ Bird
- My My Kind of Girl
- Oh Oh I Love Her So
- Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment
- Glad To See You Go
- Poison Heart
- Have You Ever Seen The Rain
3 Thoughts to “40 Years of Ramones!”
I first heard The Ramones on the soundtrack to a movie called Times Square. I didn’t see the movie until decades later (and it wasn’t that good), but that soundtrack album changed my life! The Ramones song on there was I Wanna Be Sedated. I bought End of The Century on LP a bit later.
Wait, I take it back! I think I actually first heard/saw The Ramones on the old Sha-Na-Na TV show! Maybe. My memory ain’t what it used to be. 🙂
I clearly remember my first RAMONES concert in 1987. I was 16 then and my impression was that a U.F.O. had landed – they were so unreal and great. I could not believe it. Especially that they looked exactly the way they looked on the Album-Covers.
No fake. It went like: 1-2-3-4 and before you knew it the concert was over – with 30 or so songs played.
Today still “Rockaway Beach” is one of the greatest Rock’n’Roll songs ever.
Thanks für sharing this.