that the popular pop-punk band
Blink-182 had broken up, I wondered, for a split-second, where I was
get my fix of fast, loud punkish music.
realized I was being an idiot. I didn't like Blink-182 particularly and
weren't too great to begin with. Upon thinking about it some more, I
that there is only one great punk band, and that band is The Ramones. If you don't know who The Ramones
are, you shouldn't be allowed to live, or should stop reading this
because this rant is about how great The Ramones
and you will be like a lost child adrift at sea with ravenous sharks at
heels if you read this and don't know who The Ramones
In the 1970s, disco and rock were competing on
a furious stage for supremacy. Then out of left field came something
different: punk. It was loud and angry and fast, almost a tribute to
music. But punk was different. There wasn't any particular skill behind
you had to do was grab a guitar, learn maybe two chords, crank your amp
and play as fast as possible. But the music needed a band to back it
band was a group from the Queens area of New York City called the Ramones. They weren't too fast on the albums,
produced a wall of pure noise when they played live. At the CBGB in New York, where the
often, they once played 20 songs in 17 minutes. Most people would say,
impossible. Nobody can play that fast because I listen to boring music
decided what is possible." Whoever says that is an idiot. The Ramones could play faster than the speed of
speed of light is roughly 3 times 10 to the eighth meters per second.
RAMONES COULD PLAY FASTER THAN THAT! And the music, in addition to
extremely fast, was also ridiculously loud. Windows would shake for
surrounding a club wherever the Ramones
played. But being fast and loud is useless
band is awful. The Ramones were excellent.
songs may have sounded alike, but they were catchy and could have been
in the 1950s were it not for the fact that you could become deaf at a Ramones’ concert. The band occasionally covered
classics such as "Let's dance" and "California Sun,"
they could play anything in the loud, angry style that made them
Classics such as "I Wanna Be Sedated,"
"Rock and Roll High School," "Blitzkrieg Bop" and others
have been used to sell products, but are still essential in any music
The Ramones not only
invented punk music, but helped it to survive for so long. The Ramones played from 1974 until 1996, having only
one or two
member changes in those 22 years. The formula for each show was exactly
same. They would go out on stage, the bassist (whether it was Dee Dee Ramone or,
toward the end, CJ
Ramone) would yell out the usual
THREE, FOUR" and they would be off, playing fast and furious power
that would leave weaker musicians praying for the sweet release that
can provide. It was a beautiful and brilliant display of pure rock
way it was meant to be played. This was the simplest music in the
world, but at
the same time, the most difficult you could ever imagine. There were no
no complex bridges, no areas of
improvising. It was
just straight, lightning-quick rock that left you blown away and unable
hear, a small sacrifice for seeing the Ramones
out ton after ton of rock.
A large number of bands today pretend to be
punk or hardcore. This is essentially what the popular Warped Tour is
about; pretenders. The Ramones were not fake. Ever. Even if
for some sick
reason they wanted to be fake, their rock
not allow it. I see a lot of bands listing their influences. Besides
awful bands, they put themselves as Punk or Screamo
or whatever kids with too much time list themselves as, who say things
"We totally sound like _______. They're, like, the best punk band
ever." These people are idiots. All the bands they listen to have
borrowed something from the Ramones, and
haven't, there is something wrong, regardless of what music they play.
you're a punk band, you have been influenced by the Ramones,
and denying that fact makes you a liar. In a perfect world, we would
holding hands in a peaceful manner and rocking to the Ramones
as much as humanly possible. So I, Eamonn "Rocktacula" Rockwell, urge you, as music fans
citizens of this great country (America), to buy and
as much live Ramones’ music as you can.
You will love
it, or you will die.