The Ramones

Ramones_-_Ramones_coverTonight, I’m throwing it back it to mid 70’s. No, I was not alive during this time but I could only imagine what the music scene was like. The world itself was going through many issues such as the Vietnam War, the Cold War, communism, and more. Society was changing and so was the music scene. Amidst all the chaos and destruction, a new music genre and cultural movement formed; this was the creation of punk. As a history minor, I find it interesting to see how music changes and has an influence on society; it reflects what is going on in the world during specific times. When I think of punk, which started gaining popularity around 1976, I think of rebellion. This rebellion is reflected in the bands that formed through their lyrics, sound, and image. One of the most popular and influential bands of punk was the Ramones. The Ramones, Joey, Johnny, DeeDee, and Tommy created music inside a garage in Queens, NY. There sound was chaotic and so were their blunt, tongue-in-cheek lyrics; this chaos perfectly reflected the issues during this time in history. They released many albums such as Rocket to Russia which features many famous songs like “Sheena is  a Punk Rocker”, “Teenage Lobotomy”, and “We’re a Happy Family”. The Ramones concerts, let alone any punk concert, would be crazy and out of control, but it represented the new generation of youth culture for a part of the population of the world. The Ramones performed at CBGB’s in New York City which was a major hotspot for the punk scene. Fun fact: CBGB’s which stands for “Country, Blue Grass, and Blues” originally wanted to draw in a country crowd where these genres would be played, however, it turned into a punk hotspot. The Ramones sparked a vibe that would inspire many other bands and reached across the pond to the UK where British Punk was ruled by bands like the Sex Pistols and The Clash. The punk period is a fascinating time in history and if you appreciate both history and music history, it can be seen how music reflects the times. The Ramones are one of my all-time favorites and have rightfully earned a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The impact the Ramones had on punk was tremendous and they are still a highly respected and influential band and are an inspiration for many bands and artists today. If you are looking for more punk, check out my suggested playlist tab!