Released April 23, 1976 Recorded February 2 ? 19, 1976 Genre Punk Length 44:38 (Expanded release)
After Seymour Stein of Sire Records signed the band in the autumn of 1975, the band began to record their debut the following winter. Ramones was recorded quickly and cheaply at Plaza Sound, Radio City Music Hall, New York. The band recorded February 2 ? 19, 1976 on a budget of only $6,200. The template of guitar and bass in opposite channels with the drums in the middle was based on early albums by The Beatles and Cream.
Many radio disc jockeys were supposedly put off by the records' supposedly primitive, frantic music and often bizarre themes. The album did not receive heavy airplay, and it only peaked at number #111 on the Billboard's North American Pop Albums chart upon its April 23 release.
Despite this, the Ramones eventually established the reputation as being the godfathers of punk rock, and the album is highly influential on punk and myriad genres of alternative rock. In 2003, the album was ranked number 33 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. Also in 2003, VH1 named Ramones the 54th greatest album of all time. In his 1995 book, "The Alternative Music Almanac", Alan Cross placed the album in the #4 spot on the list of '10 Classic Alternative Albums'. In 2007, the album was the focus in the 20th book released in the 33? series.
The album was re-released in June 19, 2001 by Rhino Records. The original album was remastered, and it also contained eight bonus tracks which featured demo and alternate versions.
TRACKLIST: 1. Blitzkrieg Bop - 2:14 - (Ramones) 2. Beat on the Brat - 2:31 - (Ramones) 3. Judy Is a Punk - 1:32 - (Ramones) 4. I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend - 2:24 - (Ramones) 5. Chain Saw - 1:56 - (Ramones) 6. Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue - 1:35 - (Ramones) 7. I Don't Wanna Go Down to the Basement - 2:38 - (Ramones) 8. Loudmouth - 2:14 - (Ramones) 9. Havana Affair - 1:56 - (Ramones) 10. Listen to My Heart - 1:58 - (Ramones) 11. 53rd & 3rd - 2:21 - (Ramones) 12. Let's Dance - 1:51 - (Jim Lee) 13. I Don't Wanna Walk Around with You - 1:42 - (Ramones) 14. Today Your Love, Tomorrow the World - 2:12 - (Ramones) 15. I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend (demo) - 3:02 16. Judy Is a Punk (demo) - 1:36 17. I Don?t Care (demo) - 1:55 18. I Can?t Be (demo) - 1:56 19. Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue (demo) - 1:42 20. I Don?t Wanna Be Learned/I Don?t Wanna Be Tamed (demo) - 1:05 21. You Should Never Have Opened That Door (demo) - 1:54 22. Blitzkrieg Bop (single version) - 2:12