Music: Ramones

Ramones.

Ramones is the debut studio album by The Ramones, released in 1976. Although not very successful at the time, it's since become one of the most influential records in Punk Rock and considered one of the Ramones' finest outings. Fan favourites are "Blitzkrieg Bop", "Beat On The Brat", "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend", "Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue" and "53rd & 3rd".

In 2006 Time Magazine included the album in their list of 100 timeless and essential albums. The album was also added to the National Recording Registry in 2012 for its cultural, historical and aesthetical value. A Big Name Fan was influential British radio DJ John Peel who, in 1997, placed it at nr. 3 in a list of his 20 personal favourite albums note  when asked by the newspaper "The Guardian".


Tracklist:

Side One

  1. "Blitzkrieg Bop" (2:12)
  2. "Beat On The Brat" (2:30)
  3. "Judy Is A Punk" (1:30)
  4. "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend" (2:24)
  5. "Chain Saw" (1:55)
  6. "Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue" (1:34)
  7. "I Don't Wanna Go Down To The Basement" (2:35)

Side Two

  1. "Loudmouth" (2:14)
  2. "Havana Affair" (2:00)
  3. "Listen To My Heart" (1:56)
  4. "53rd & 3rd" (2:19)
  5. "Let's Dance" (1:51)
  6. "I Don't Wanna Walk Around With You" (1:43)
  7. "Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World" (2:09)


Bonus Tracks (2001 Expanded Edition):

  1. "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend (Demo)"
  2. "Judy Is A Punk (Demo)"
  3. "I Don't Care"
  4. "I Can't Be"
  5. "Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue (Demo)"
  6. "I Don't Wanna Be Learned / I Don't Wanna Be Tamed"
  7. "You Should Never Have Opened That Door"
  8. "Blitzkrieg Bop (Alternate Version)"


Principal Members:

  • Dee Dee Ramone - bass, backing and co-lead vocals
  • Joey Ramone - lead vocals
  • Johnny Ramone - guitar
  • Tommy Ramone - drums


Now I Wanna Sniff Some Tropes:

  • Alliterative Title: "Blitzkrieg Bop", "Beat on the Brat".
  • All of the Other Reindeer:
    53nd & 3rd
    You're the one they never pick
    53nd & 3rd
    Don't it make you feel sick?
  • Badass Boast: "53nd & 3rd":
    Then I took out my razorblade
    Then I did what God forbade
    Now the cops are after me
    But I proved I'm no sissy.
  • Batter Up: "Beat On The Brat", where spanking a brat with a baseball bat is considered to be the only option left.
  • Big Applesauce: "53rd and 3rd" takes place in New York City.
  • Continuity Nod: Just like on this album cover the band would pose again against a wall on the album cover of Rocket To Russia. "Havana Affair" would later receive a Call Back on End Of The Century, with the track "This Ain't Havana".
  • Cover Version: "Let's Dance" is a cover of the 1962 Chris Montez hit song.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: "53rd and 3rd" is a thinly veiled song about Dee Dee Ramone's past as a male prostitute.
  • Deliberately Monochrome: The cover was shot in black-and-white because it was cheaper.
  • Department of Redundancy: The lyrics, but hey, it's the Ramones!
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Most of their songs have the content description pretty much described in their respective titles.
  • Face on the Cover: The band, posing against a wall.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar:
    • "Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue".
    • "53rd and 3rd" about male prostitution.
    • "Blitzkrieg Bop" and "Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World" evoke Nazi imagery.
  • Gratuitous German: "Blitzkrieg Bop".
  • "I Want" Song: "I Wanna Be Your Girlfriend" and "Now I Want To Sniff Some Glue".
    • Subverted with "I Don't Wanna Go Down The Basement" and "I Don't Wanna Walk Around With You".
  • Murder Ballad: "53rd and 3rd".
    Then I took out my razorblade
    Then I did what God forbade
    Now the cops are after me
    But I proved I'm no sissy.
  • Non-Appearing Title: The album title does not appear in the lyrics.
  • One Woman Song: "Judy Is A Punk" and "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend".
  • The Power of Love: "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend", "Listen To My Heart", "Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World".
  • Punk Rock: Pretty much what launched (American) punk in the United States.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot:
    • "Beat On The Brat" was written after Joey Ramone saw a mother going after a kid with a baseball bat in the lobby of his apartment.
    • "53rd & 3rd" was inspired by Dee Dee's past as a male prostitute, though the murder in the song was fiction.
  • Refrain from Assuming: "Blitzkrieg Bop" is not named "Hey Ho, Let's Go".
  • Shout-Out:
    • "Chain Saw" shouts out to The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974).
    • The album cover itself has been copied by countless other punk and rock bands.
    • The song "Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue" inspired the punk fanzine "Sniffin' Glue".
  • Single Stanza Song: "Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue".
  • Stock Sound Effects: A real chainsaw is heard at the start of "Chain Saw".
  • Subdued Section: "Blitzkrieg Bop".
  • Teenage Death Songs: "53rd & 3rd" in which a male prostitute murders one of his clients "to prove he's no sissy".
  • Those Wacky Nazis:
    • "Blitzkrieg Bop" which references the "Blitzkrieg" ("lightning war") tactic in which the Germans conquered Western Europe in 1940.
    • "Today Your Love, Tomorrow the World", which uses the lyrics "I'm a Nazi schatze, y'know I fight for the fatherland." The lyrics were originally going to repeatedly state "I'm a Nazi, baby" until Sire Records president Seymour Stein told the band to change them.
  • Three Chords and the Truth: All songs.
  • Today X, Tomorrow the World!: "Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World".