The Tor Guides

Stepping into summer with Ramones

In Classic rock on 23 May, 2011 at 14:01

Jackie is a punk
Judy is a runt
They both went down to Berlin, joined the Ice Capades
And oh, I don’t know why
Oh, I don’t know why

According to Billboard the music of 1974 was the music of Barbra Steisand, Terry Jacks and Barry White, all of them holding on to the first three positions in Billboard´s  Year-End Hot 100 chart for that year. Other notable acts on that chart is Paul Anka and Chicago – and Sweden´s Blue Swede with Hooked on a Feeling. One has to take a really close look in order to find anything that would make it somewhat close to a Spotify playlist in 2011. Elton John´s splendid Benny And The Jets is of course already there, as is Macca´s Band on the Run. However, there is nothing that is giving the slightest hint of what´s lurking around the corner.

In 1974 Dr Feelgood released its furious Down By The Jetty and according to legend Clem Burke brought a copy of that album back to the states where he and his mates learned to rock in present and future tense. Among the bands that soon would redefine the modern US rock scene, we´d find Television and Patti Smith as well as Burke´s Blondie – and of course the phenomenal Ramones!

The clip below is from that very same year – the year that also brought us Annie´s Song! – with Ramones bashing out Judy Is A Punk, from their selftitled album, released in 1976. I remember holding that dear album in the one hand and AC-DC´s High Voltage in the other, with only enough money to buy one of them. Which one I did buy? I might tell you later on – both are now in my possession, both in vinyl and CD.



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