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New York Bands Celebrate 40 Years of the Ramones

September 15, 2014

On August 16th, 1974, the Ramones – the founding lineup of Johnny (guitar), Joey (voice), Tommy (drums) and Dee Dee (bass and song count-off) – performed at CBGB, a year-old club on a war-zone stretch of New York's Bowery, for the first time....

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Hollywood Forever Cemetery Hosts a Fitting Ramones Tribute

August 25, 2014

All four of the original Ramones are gone now, but the legacy of these Queens punk legends lived on as the annual Johnny Ramone birthday tribute returned to the Hollywood Forever Cemetery last night. Celebrating both the legendary guitarist...

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Mondo Bizarro

October 29, 1992

No matter how good a new Ramones album is, there's always someone complaining that it should have been better. Too slow, too quiet, even — in these days of high-priced CDs — too long: If it doesn't include fourteen tracks in under half an...

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Too Tough To Die

November 22, 1984

The Ramones' eighth studio album is an exhilarating summation of all that they do so well, from the classic thrash of "Mama's Boy" and "Human Kind" to the big-beat balladry of "I'm Not Afraid of Life." But Too Tough to Die is also a significant step forward...

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End of the Century

March 20, 1980
Not Rated

When the Ramones released their first album in 1976, corporate American radio reacted as if someone had belched at a board meeting. In a way, this response was entirely appropriate: after all, it was the Ramones' utter contempt for mid-Seventies superstar-saturated...

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Rocket to Russia

December 15, 1977
Not Rated

Rocket to Russia is the best American rock & roll of the year and possibly the funniest rock album ever made. Not that the Ramones are a joke — they're more worthwhile than almost anything that's more self-conscious because they exist in a pure...

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Ramones

July 29, 1976
Not Rated

If today's Rolling Stone were the Cahiers du Cinema of the late Fifties, a band of outsiders as deliberately crude and basic as the Ramones would be granted instant auteur status as fast as one could say "Edgar G. Ulmer." Their musique maudite —...

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Acid Eaters

March 10, 1994

Bowie did it with Pinups, Guns n' Roses with The Spaghetti Incident? — delivered supercharged covers of the music that influenced them. Now the Ramones, fondly revisiting the proto-grunge of '60s gods (Stones, Animals, Who), cult faves (Love, Troggs)...

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Animal Boy

July 17, 1986
Not Rated

Animal Men is more like it. Ten years have passed since Johnny, Joey and Dee Dee torched the sluggish Seventies with their debut album, Ramones, the punk-rock blast that shook the world, and the Carbona Kids are now staring middle age in the face, over-thirty...

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Pleasant Dreams

October 29, 1981

Pity the poor Ramones. Where once they led the charge of the punk brigade, da brudders four now eat the dust of ambulance-chasing snobs smitten by avant-funk, the new psychedelia and Spandau Baloney. After four masterpieces of heavy metal, go-go and the...

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Road to Ruin

November 2, 1978
Not Rated

I've been working at this magazine for two years now and every album I've endorsed has gone over like a fart in the elevator. What we have here is not (in the words of Cool Hand Luke) a failure to communicate; it is (in the words of Richard Nixon) a public-relations...

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Leave Home

April 7, 1977
Not Rated

These bands achieved their initial notoriety while playing in the same place (an esophagus of a bar called CBGB, in lower Manhattan) and have been lumped together with other habitués of this joint as purveyors of "punk rock." In their self-consciousness...

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