by KXLU Reverend Dan
The Ramones were not punk rock. Every idiot knows that. They were just four hoodlums from Queens who wanted to play rock and roll like every other jacss in the U-S of A.
And instead of just being a band, they goddamn changed the world as you and I know it. Four delinquents banging away on crappy instruments making the most angelic and holy music ever. Rock and Roll with a primitive brutal beauty. Ever watch Gilligan’s Island? Sure you have.
And you know that when Gilligan would turn on the radio, this cool twangy Rock and Roll would always blast out. This twangy, goofy, Bo Diddley-esqe rave up.
And it would only play for a second or two, but those two seconds of noise captured the wild abandon that is the essense of Rock and Roll perfectly. The Ramones are the logical idiot evolution of the “Gilligan’s Island Radio Music,” They were the perfect essense of Rock and Roll, a true milestone in music history. No I”m not fking kidding.
These guys were important!
And if you were a fledgling guitar player, their first album was the one album you could absolutely play along with to every single song! That’s probably why so many garage bands birthed up after the Ramones; they taught us how to play the guitar (or bass, for that matter…left channel: bass, right channel: guitar). They didn’t know they were geniusessese…genii…they didn’t know they were brilliant. But they were. Go ahead, put that first album on right now…I know you’ve got it.
And you really need to hear it again. You’ll dig it of course, but right about when you get to “Chainsaw” you’ll find yourself sitting on the edge of your chair or bed with your mouth hanging open at the sonic perfection cranking from the speakers. From guys wearing torn jeans and t-shirts. Hell, I could do that! Let’s start a band! What would the world be like without the Ramones? It would be JUST LIKE IT FKING IS RIGHT NOW. God I fking miss the Ramones. I thank every deity that the records still exist, some small documentation that a band that amazing ever even existed.
And I thank every deity that the spirit of the Ramones lives on in bands all over the world. We will remember.