"Ramones" is The Ramones
' debut record, released in 1976. It's one of the most influential records in Punk Rock
and considered one of the Ramones' finest outings. It was added to the National Recording Registry
in 2012 for its cultural, historical and aesthetical value.
1-2-3-4 and more Blitzkrieg tropes found on this album:
- All the Other Reindeer: "53nd & 3rd"/"You're the one they never pick/53nd & 3rd/ Don't it make you feel sick?"
- Badass Boast:
- "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" in "53nd & 3rd".
- 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.
- 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.
- Epic Rocking: "Blitzkrieg Bop".
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Most of their songs have the content description pretty much described in their respective titles.
- 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".
- Minimalistic Cover Art: The cover is just the Ramones posing against a wall.
- Murder Ballad: "53rd and 3rd".
- One Woman Song: "Judy Is A Punk" and "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend".
- 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".
- "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 "Chainsaw".
- 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" ("Flash war") tactic in which the Nazis 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 the president of Sire Records told the band to change them.
- Three Chords and the Truth: All songs.
- Today X, Tomorrow the World!: "Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World".