358 of 1001 Albums: Ramones’ Self Titled

There was a lot of excitement when I saw the Ramones were the next band on the list I would be listening to. While liking the few songs I had heard I definitely hadn’t heard enough to know if I liked the band. It was also exciting to see a few songs on the album that I had already heard before, and would be getting to listen to again. While the themes of Nazism, male prostitution, violence, and and drug use are a little different the album still sounds good, and it’s no doubt these guys really spurred the punk genre.

“Blitzkrieg Bop” is the song that kicks off the album, and as most the songs on the album it at least gets you jumping and ready to hear the rest of the album. The third song is one of my favorites though, so I was definitely more excited to hear “Judy is a Punk”. It’s one of the better songs on the album, and one of my prior favorites even before hearing the whole album.

The song that I walked away with it stuck in my head though was a surprise, as I hadn’t even heard it before, and that was “I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend”. It’s one of the calmer songs on the album, but the chorus is one that will spin in your head forever. The other song that caught me was “Let’s Dance”, which is more so near the end of the album. While the songs are short there are plenty of songs on the album to make up for their lack of length.

What’s interesting about the Ramones though is the style as it isn’t something that you’ve heard mix together. You could probably pinpoint the influences quite easily, but it comes together to mix it up as punk that is unique. Joey Ramones’ vocals are simple, but they are good. He doesn’t have to force it to make it sound good with the music. The guys must have been really huge fans of The Beatles though, because not only did they mix in those same recording techniques used on their albums, but they also wanted their cover art to reflect the way The Beatles did it.

The album has a lot of songs, and the sound isn’t something I couldn’t listen to straight through as most of them have a very consistent rhythm. The vocals are good though, and the songs are good to move to, and make a good listen. You can also hear the individual instrument talent considering how the guys went about recording in their music making it a lot funner.

Rating 8 of 10.
Recommended Listen: Judy is a Punk

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