This iconic album earned it one of the most influential punk albums of all time. The Ramones’ Self-Titled release sparked the punk movement in the United States, while British counterparts like The Sex Pistols and The Clash defined the genre for the mainstream. Using only basic chords and the generic four-piece band arrangement, The Ramones could write iconic songs like “Blitzkrieg Pop” and “Judy is a Punk,” which pulled from the ‘50s and ‘60s pop sensibilities to create a new bread of rock & roll. Stripped-down, abrasive and intense, their sound would help inspire American hardcore to play it faster and get even angrier.
“Hey! Ho! Let’s Go!” A short chorus that would come to embody the Ramones and punk for decades to come. It’s in the band’s simplicity that they found their success. A few chords and some attitude were all it took for them to breathe life into rock & roll’s spirit. And although the band never saw great commercial success in their heyday, they did have massive influence and critical acclaim. They made the most out of what they had. If they could do it, you could do it too, inspiring bands like Bad Brains, Black Flag, Green Day and Soundgarden into existence. Flirting with dark ideas for the time like drugs, addiction and even Nazi brutalism, the Ramones were edgy but their DIY spirit and signature sound made them into enduring punk icons.