Ramones’ third studio album, “Rockets to Russia,” pushes the band forward as they get better at their instruments and their old-school pop influences appear more clearly. They used more surf rock sound, focused heavily on production and even had a variety of tempos making more mid- and slow-paced songs. It still appealed to punks but was heading in a different direction than many other bands of the time. The hit songs on the album were “Rockaway Beach,” “Sheena Is a Punk Rocker” and “Teenage Lobotomy.”
“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.