On April 23, 1976, punk decided it was here to stay. It was on that day that The…

Written by on April 23, 2018


On April 23, 1976, punk decided it was here to stay. It was on that day that The Ramones released their self titled LP “The Ramones”.

After Hit Parader editor Lisa Robinson saw the band at a gig in New York City, she wrote about them in an article and contacted Danny Fields, insisting he be their manager. Fields agreed and convinced Craig Leon to produce Ramones, and the band recorded a demo for prospective record labels. Leon persuaded Sire president Seymour Stein to listen to the band perform, and he later offered the band a recording contract. The Ramones began recording in January 1976, needing only seven days and $6,400 to record the album. They used similar sound-output techniques to those of the Beatles, and used advanced production methods by Leon.

The album cover, photographed by Punk magazine’s Roberta Bayley, features the four members leaning against a brick wall in New York City. The record company paid only $125 for the front photo, which has since become one of the most imitated album covers of all time.

Do you remember your first thoughts when you first heard The Ramones?

Happy Birthday to The Ramones debut LP!! Hard to believe, but this album is 42 years old today.




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