The Ramones’ self-titled debut album, released in 1976, is a punk rock masterpiece that laid the foundation for an entire genre. Clocking in at just under 30 minutes, this record
The Ramones’ Subterranean Jungle (released 2/23/83) begs the question of whether this is the album that signals the punk icons’ awareness of the passage of time and, more specifically, the fact they
Whoever would’ve thought that, with forty-five years of hindsight, The Ramones’ Rocket to Russia (released 11/4/77) would become so topically relevant? But all political and cultural issues aside, the prototypical punks’ third album both looks (in its black and hot pink color scheme) and sounds (in the comparative clarity of crashing guitars and drums) like their definitive work. And while it doesn’t quite render obsolete their eponymous debut or their resounding reiteration of that opening statement in the form of the sophomore album Leave Home, it certainly functions as a reliable benchmark for the genesis of punk.
[Originally Published: April 28, 2011]
Yesterday, Wolfgang’s Vault unveiled a Video Vault featuring 50 years worth of footage lovingly restored by archivist Braden Towne and his team. Towne detailed the painstaking process of prepping this footage for the internet age in a fascinating blog entry. Best part? You can stream each video for free.
Since I’ve spent most of the last 24 hours checking out videos on the site, I thought I’d make a list of the best clips I came across for this week’s B List. I stuck with clips from the ’70s this time around and once Wolfgang’s adds more video to the portal, we’ll examine material from other decades.
The Grateful Dead famously closed out the Winterland in San Francisco on New Year’s Eve 1978, but a few nights earlier The Ramones tore through many of their best songs at the venue including Blitzkrieg Bop.
Audio Quality: A, Video Quality: B+, Black & White
This clip gives us a look at the Fillmore East as the Allman Brothers Band, i.e. the Fillmore “house band,” tear through Whipping Post with the late Duane Allman leading the way.
Audio Quality: A-, Video Quality: A, Color
READ ON for more of this week’s B List…