Meanwhile 3,300 miles away in the sweat boxes of CBGB’s or Max’s Kansas City – both downtown Manhattan venues – four “brothers” from Queens are infecting the crowds with their brand of short, fast and furious punk tunes.
Their debut album, Ramones, was recorded inside a week in January 1976 in a studio above Radio City Hall. On it’s release three months later the 14 song, half hour album received initially poor reviews from many journalists, but in the years to follow it has become another one of the most influential releases of the punk genre.
For a band that had so much disharmony behind the scenes, they remained a band for 22 years, with a few line up tweaks here and there, released fourteen albums and performed upwards of 2,200 concerts.
December 29th 1977 is yet another reason why I was born too late for the music I like. Ramones performed at the Victoria Hall, less than ten miles away from where I grew up, but at 4 I think I might have been too young to attend. Only slightly though.
It was very weird seeing UK low cost clothing chain store Primark selling shirts emblazoned with the Ramones Presidential style seal on the front a few years ago. It’d be interesting to find out if many of the wearers knew any Ramones songs. Their clientele aren’t what you’d call punk fans.