Bossa N' Ramones is an album that places the songbook of the creators of punk in a new place full of subtleties, elegance and imagination. With more than a million records sold around the world, the newest chapter of The Rio Series is, without a doubt, the most adventurous and seductive. Recorded around the world, the album shines with the guest appearances of two transcendental female vocalists; Cherie Currie, ex singer of The Runaways (all female glam rock band who were a direct inspiration to the punk movement), Angie Bowie (singer, actress and writer, ex-wife of David Bowie and creator of the concept of glam rock) and Yasmin Gate, a member of Dirty Princess…
The gigs and shows played by the Ramones between 1977 & 1980 were perhaps the finest they ever performed. Despite having, during their 22 year career, played live over 2000 times - more than The Grateful Dead ever did, and without all the hoo-ha - it was the three years following the release of the group s debut album on the Sire label (issued in February 1976) that their most electric, dynamic and passionate live appearances took place. The recording and release of The Ramones had instilled a communal confidence in the group and this translated into making their shows less chaotic, somewhat longer and certainly featuring a lot more new material than had ever surfaced prior to the album coming out.
Really energetic live recording from 1977! Recorded live a mere 10 days after the release of their seminal 3rd long player, Rocket To Russia, this classic radio broadcast captures New York's (and arguably the world's) greatest punk band at the pinnacle of their fast, loud, dumb powers. Everything you could hope for from a live Ramones set!
Not many bands can honestly say they changed the shape of rock & roll as we know it and upended part of the larger global culture at the same time. The Ramones did just that; by stripping down and speeding up rock & roll like a hot rod that could outrun all competition, and injecting it with a massive dose of snotty, absurdist humor, they gave the music a new lease on life, and left behind a handful of brilliant recordings that are still a solid kick to hear nearly four decades after their debut hit the streets. Punk rock first emerged from a very specific time and place, but the best of it is timeless in its joyous roar, and the first four Ramones albums absolutely live up to that description.
This is the complete review of the history and music of the band during its seventies heyday plus rarely seen performances from the 80s.
The Ramones are the first punk rock band. Other bands, such as the Stooges and the New York Dolls, came before them and set the stage and aesthetic for punk, and bands that immediately followed, such as the Sex Pistols, made the latent violence of the music more explicit, but The Ramones crystallized the musical ideals of the genre.