Apr 8, 2015

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Today in the spotlight, a band often cited as the first band to define the punk rock sound. Because of achieving only limited commercial success the music press loved them, hence they became a major influence on the 1970s punk movement in both the United States and United Kingdom. All of the band members adopted pseudonyms ending with the surname "Ramone", although none of them were related. They said they were too tough to die..yeah well we know better now the 'whimps' are all dead. They left us with plenty to  N'Joy

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The original members of the band met in and around the middle-class neighborhood of Forest Hills in the New York City borough of Queens. John Cummings and Thomas Erdelyi had both been in a high-school garage band from 1966 to 1967. They became friends with Douglas Colvin, who had recently moved to the area from Germany. The Ramones began taking shape in early 1974, when Cummings and Colvin invited Hyman to join them in a band. The initial lineup featured Colvin on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, Cummings on lead guitar, and Hyman on drums. Colvin, who soon switched from rhythm guitar to bass, was the first to adopt the name "Ramone", calling himself Dee Dee Ramone. He convinced the other members to take on the name and came up with the idea of calling the band the Ramones. Hyman and Cummings became Joey Ramone and Johnny Ramone, respectively.

Johnny's former bandmate Erdelyi was set to become their manager. Soon after the band was formed, Dee Dee realized that he could not sing and play his bass guitar simultaneously, thus Joey became the band's new lead singer. Dee Dee would continue, however, to count off each song's tempo with his signature rapid-fire shout of "1-2-3-4!" Joey soon similarly realized that he could not sing and play drums simultaneously and left the position of the drummer. While auditioning prospective replacements, Erdelyi would often take to the drums and demonstrate how to play the songs. It became apparent that he was able to perform the group's music better than anyone else, and he joined the band as Tommy Ramone.

Around this time, a new music scene was emerging in New York centered around two clubs in downtown Manhattan—Max's Kansas city and, more famously, CBGB (usually referred to as CBGB's). The Ramones made their CBGB debut on August 16 74. The band swiftly became regulars at the club, playing there seventy-four times by the end of the year. After garnering considerable attention for their performances—which averaged about seventeen minutes from beginning to end—the group was signed to a recording contract in late 1975 by Seymour Stein of Sire Records. By this time, the Ramones were recognized as leaders of the new scene that was increasingly being referred to as "punk".

The Ramones recorded their debut album, Ramones, in February 1976. While the songwriting credits were shared by the entire band, Dee Dee was the primary writer. Ramones was co-produced by Tommy and Craig Leon on an extremely low budget of about $6,400 and released in April. Ramones was not a commercial success, reaching only number 111 on the Billboard album chart. The two singles released from the album, "Blitzkrieg Bop" and "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend", failed to chart. At the band's first major performance outside of New York, approximately ten people showed up. It wasn't until they made a brief tour of England that they began to see the fruits of their labor; a performance at The Roundhouse in London on July 4, 1976 was a resounding success.

Their next two albums, Leave Home and Rocket to Russia, were released in 1977. Both were coproduced by Tommy and Tony Bongiovi. Leave Home met with even less chart success than Ramones. Rocket to Russia was the band's highest-charting album to date, reaching number 49 on the Billboard 200. The Ramones recorded It's Alive, a live concert double album, at the Rainbow Theatre, London, which was released in April 1979.

Tommy, tired of touring, left the band in early 1978. He continued as the Ramones' record producer under his birth name of Erdelyi. His position as drummer was filled by Marc Bell, He became Marky Ramone. Later that year, the band released their fourth studio album, Road to Ruin. The album, co-produced by Tommy with Ed Stasium, included some new sounds such as acoustic guitar, several ballads, and the band's first two recorded songs longer than three minutes. It failed to reach the Billboard Top 100.

After the band's movie debut in Roger Corman's Rock 'n' Roll High School (1979), renowned producer Phil Spector became interested in the Ramones and produced their 1980 album End of the Century. Though it was to be the highest-charting album in the band's history—reaching number 44 in the United States and number 14 in Great Britain—Johnny made clear that he favored the band's more aggressive punk material. Pleasant Dreams, the band's sixth album, was released in 1981. It continued the trend established by End of the Century, diluting the rawer punk sound showcased on the band's initial three albums. Slick production was again featured, this time provided by Graham Gouldman (10cc). Another futile attempt to get airplay on American radio. Subterranean Jungle, produced by Ritchie Cordell and Glen Kolotkin, was released in 1983. The album peaked at number 83 in the United States, it would be the last album by the band to crack the Billboard Top 100.

One would expect the band to collapse and in a sense it did several drummers went and came (back) by 1989 founder member Dee Dee left the band after the recording of their tenth studio album, Brain Drain, co-produced by Beauvoir, Rey, and Bill Laswell.He was replaced by Christopher Joseph Ward (C.J. Ramone), who performed with the band until they disbanded.

After more than a decade and a half at Sire Records, the Ramones moved to a new label, Radioactive Records. Their first album for the label was 1992's Mondo Bizarro, which reunited them with producer Ed Stasium. Acid Eaters, consisting entirely of cover songs, came out the following year. In 1995, the Ramones released ¡Adios Amigos!, their fourteenth studio album, and announced that they planned to disband if it was not successful. Its sales were unremarkable, garnering it just two weeks on the lower end of the Billboard chart. The band spent late 1995 on what was promoted as a farewell tour. However, they accepted an offer to appear in the sixth Lollapalooza festival, which toured around the United States during the following summer. After the Lollapalooza tour's conclusion, the Ramones played their final show on August 6, 1996, at the Palace in Hollywood. A recording of the concert was later released on video and CD as We're Outta Here !

Joey, who had been diagnosed with lymphoma in 1995, died of the illness on April 15, 2001, in New York. In 2002, the Ramones were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which specifically named Dee Dee, Johnny, Joey, Tommy, and Marky. The ceremony was one of Dee Dee's last public appearances; on June 5, 2002, two months later, he was found at his Hollywood home, dead from a heroin overdose. End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones, a Ramones documentary, came out in 2004. Johnny, who had been privately battling prostate cancer, died on September 15, 2004, in Los Angeles, shortly after the film's release. Remaining are the Ramones who played drums over the years, Tommy, Marky, Richie and Elvis, meanwhile Tommy (Tom Erdelyi, born January 29, 1952, died July 11th, 2014).

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End of the Century didn't make the Ramones into the stars they so wanted to be, so they hooked up with another '60s icon, Graham Gouldman, for its follow-up, Pleasant Dreams. Oddly, Gouldman directs the band away from their bubblegum, British Invasion, and surf fetishes toward acid rock and heavy metal. They still manage to squeak out a couple of irresistibly catchy songs, but the production is too clean to qualify as punk, and the music itself has lost sight of the infectious qualities that made their earlier records such fun. Yet those flaws seem endearing compared to the metallic meanderings of their late-'80s records.

Ramones - Pleasant Dreams  (flac 253mb)

01 We Want The Airwaves 3:22
02 All's Quiet On The Eastern Front 2:14
03 The KKK Took My Baby Away 2:32
04 Don't Go 2:48
05 You Sound Like You're Sick 2:42
06 It's Not My Place (In The 9 To 5 World) 3:24
07 She's A Sensation 3:29
08 7-11 3:38
09 You Didn't Mean Anything To Me 3:00
10 Come On Now 2:33
11 This Business Is Killing Me 2:41
12 Sitting In My Room 2:30

Ramones - Pleasant Dreams  (ogg 96mb)

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Tentatively returning toward punk, or at least new wave, the Ramones turned in their most enjoyable record since Rocket to Russia with Subterranean Jungle. Producers Ritchie Cordell and Glen Kolotkin were the heads of the edgy power pop and punk label Bomp!, so they steered the Ramones back toward the '60s pop infatuation that provided the foundation for their early records. It's a strategy that pays off well -- for the most part, the group's originals are so punchy and catchy that they make the pair of covers superfluous. Comprised of a set of unabashedly hook-laden songs and driven by more subtle rhythms, Subterranean Jungle may not be a punk record in the strictest sense of the word, yet the Ramones haven't sounded quite as alive in a long, long while.

Ramones - Subterranean Jungle  (flac 223mb)

01 Little Bit O' Soul 2:43
02 I Need Your Love 3:08
03 Outsider 2:10
04 What'd Ya Do? 2:23
05 Highest Trails Above 2:09
06 Somebody Like Me 2:32
07 Psycho Therapy 2:35
08 Time Has Come Today 4:24
09 My-My Kind Of A Girl 3:31
10 In The Park 2:36
11 Time Bomb 2:08
12 Everytime I Eat Vegetables It Makes Me Think Of You 3:12

 Ramones - Subterranean Jungle  (ogg 83mb)

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With the Ramones' original drummer, Tommy Erdelyi, producing, the group returns to simple, scathing punk rock on Too Tough to Die. The group takes the big guitar riffs of Subterranean Jungle and makes them shorter and heavier. the Ramones' rhythms are back up to jackhammer speed and the songs are down to short, terse statements. The results read like a reaction to hardcore punk, but the Ramones are more melodic than any hardcore band, as well as smarter than most. Apart from the occasional foray into pop, such as the surprisingly effective Dave Stewart-produced "Howling at the Moon," the album is a sterling set of lethal punk, the best the Ramones had made since the end of the '70s. It was also the last great record they would ever make.

Ramones - Too Tough to Die (flac 253mb)

01 Mama's Boy 2:11
02 I'm Not Afraid Of Life 3:13
03 Too Tough To Die 2:37
04 Durango 95 0:55
05 Wart Hog 1:54
06 Danger Zone 2:08
07 Chasing The Night 4:27
08 Howling At The Moon (Sha-La-La) 4:07
09 Daytime Dilemma (Dangers Of Love)4:32
10 Planet Earth 1988 2:54
11 Humankind 2:42
12 Endless Vacation 1:49
13 No Go 3:08

Ramones - Too Tough to Die (ogg 93mb)

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