The Ramones’ Debut Album 37 Years Later

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'The Ramones' (Sire Records, 1976)

‘The Ramones’ (Sire Records, 1976)

On April 23 in 1976, the music industry was sucker-punched by a grimy-looking pack of misfits from Queens, New York. Punk rock pioneers the Ramones released their debut, self-titled album through Sire Records and forever cemented a place for rapid, bizarre, distorted and feverishly catchy pop songs in modern culture.

Bands like the Velvet Underground and The Stooges had pushed the envelope with taboo themes in their art rock approaches in the late 1960s and early 1970s, but The Ramones presented a whole new take on “punk rock.”

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