Oftenly when I speak about the Ramones with friends we tend to drift off talking about skateboarding, I never understood why this is and why skateboarders would actually like the Ramones. Silly me, once I actually thought about it and listened to more of their songs I actually felt this ‘skateboarding vibe’. I guess it must be the on-going ‘rolling’ guitar chords that are being played, topped off with Joey Ramone’s lazy yet perfect vocals, sprinkled with simplistic drumming. You really do get the skateboarding vibe, not only that but each of their songs make you feel rejuvenated inside which is brilliant. Their song “Commando” just shows what I’m talking about.
The Ramones are said to be one of the first punk rock bands to emerge into the mid- 70s scene and cause quiet a sensation for the rebellious youth. The type of punk that the Ramones do is the type that I prefer the most, since I understand what their songs say and I can actually hear a melody within them. Of course punk is about rebellion and rebellion comes with picking out political ideas and giving out your own opinion through your songs, not only politics, it could also just be about any subject that you disagree with, thus giving punk the recognition or freedom. The Ramones did touch up on this subject with their song “The KKK Took My Baby Away”, obviously speaking about the infamous KKK. This is a short, snappy and catchy way of informing the listeners of just how bad the KKK were and how they “Took my baby away”. This song is easy to catch a rhythm too and sing along with, which is a great advantage, it was stuck in my head for about 2 weeks straight and I think the people around me got sick and tired of hearing me sing it in my Joey Ramone voice. Which takes me to pointing out the duration of most of their songs. The Ramones would make their songs short. According to them if you didn’t like one of their songs you didn’t need to worry ’cause the next one was coming up.
Their debut single was of course “Blitzkrieg Bop” and it influenced punk rock bands like The Clash who did a cover of this song. “Blitzkrieg Bop” is a song based about Hitler’s army. However the lyrics are versatile in the way that you might see the song in a different manner. However you’d like imagine it. This song also created what we know today as “The Ramones” with their well-known chant “Hey! Ho! Let’s go!” in the beginning of the song. “I hate to blow the mystique, but at the time we really liked bubblegum music, and we really liked the Bay City Rollers. Their song ‘Saturday Night’ had a great chant in it, so we wanted a song with a chant in it: ‘Hey! Ho! Let’s Go!’. ‘Blitzkrieg Bop’ was our ‘Saturday Night’.”- Joey Ramone.
The Ramones are one of my favorite rock bands of all time, since the music that they make is always catchy, simple and not confusing. Their songs never get boring and are always a real good groove to go all Joey Ramone to.
This band is the real definition of ‘cool’.