I LOVE THE SMELL OF PUNK IN THE MORNING: “BLITZKRIEG BOP”- THE RAMONES

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I Love The Smell of Punk In The Morning- “Blitzkrieg Bop”- The Ramones.

Earlier in the day debuting the featuring I went with the Sex Pistols iconic “Anarchy In The U.K” to lead things off. Turning across the Atlantic to the Queens part of New York City we have The Ramones. The Ramones debut album came out before the Sex Pistols first single – in April 1976. While that album was not a commercial success [on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart- it peaked at #11- and of all the fourteen studio albums their highest charting album “End Of The Century” peaked at #44} the band is looked at today in the United States and the United Kingdom as being highly influential. The first four Ramones albums are great. The Ramones were simply ahead of their time.

Ramones songs were short and to the point- the debut albums 14 songs clock in at 29:04. The lead off track may be the most famous of all Ramones songs- “Blitzkrieg Bop” was credited as being written by all the group members but it was Tommy and Dee Dee who were the writers. Joey Ramone does the singing. The Ramones by the way were not brothers or named Ramone. They¬† took the name Ramones- from the habit Paul McCartney had of checking into hotels under the name Paul Ramon. The first song on the first album is pretty much the blue print for all that would come over the next twenty years. The song opens with the now famous “Hey! Ho! Let’s Go!”

“Blitzkrieg Bop” comes in at #92 on Rolling Stone Magazine’s 500 Greatest Songs Ever list. Q magazine ranked it at #31 in their Greatest Guitar Tracks list- while Rolling Stone on a similar list has it at #18.

The Ramones have had a tragic history. All four original members have passed away- Joey Ramone at 49, Dee at 50, Johnny at 55 and Tommy at 65.

While the group didn’t have the commercial success they deserved- they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility 2002 and in 2011 were awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grammy’s.

Four men standing against a graffiti-covered wall. Each man has a black leather coat, blue jeans, and brown hair. At the top of the black-and-white image, "RAMONES" is spelled out in all caps.

With the before mentioned Sex Pistols you need to own “Never Mind The Bollocks”- with the Ramones you need the first four albums {The Ramones. Leave Home, Rocket To Russia and Road To Ruin- and if you are fanatical about them all fourteen albums. The Ramones are one of my all time favorites. I was lucky enough to see them twice in concert and at the second concert in 1995 I met my future wife.

5 responses to “I LOVE THE SMELL OF PUNK IN THE MORNING: “BLITZKRIEG BOP”- THE RAMONES

  1. 1978. A village in Dorset.
    Rocket To Russia was the first album I bought with my paper round wage. I heard The Ramones on Stuart Henry’s Street Sounds show (Radio Luxembourg). I had found a transistor radio on a pile of rubble just outside the village – it had been left by some workmen, I guess – and I distinctly recall the absolute thrill of hearing this music for the first time. Changed my life. R2R still holds a special place for me aged 55. I guess there’s no stoppin’ the cretins from hoppin’!

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