Yes, it's hard to believe that it was 36 years ago today that The Ramones' self-titled debut album was released. Considering that the album still packs one helluva punch by 2012 standards, we at The Shit cannot fathom what impact this album must have had on unsuspecting listeners in 1976.
Hell, one could very well call this album Ramones Greatest Hits and not get too much of an argument from anyone. The album is jam-packed with would-be classics such as "Blitzkrieg Bop", "Beat On The Brat", "Judy Is A Punk", "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend", "Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue", "I Don't Wanna Go Down To The Basement", "I Don't Wanna Walk Around With You", "Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World".
Legendary producer Craig Leon's production perfectly matches the band's militant no-frills aesthetic and the results are as gritty and menacing as Times Square after midnight...circa 1976, that is.
Of course, the best part is that, while this album was amazing, the band would actually build upon the promise of this seminal punk recording.