Just practicin' steps and keepin' outta the fights
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was what everybody said about them, even the bandmembers themselves. They must have made quite an impact when they appeared and buried almost everything which had been done in rock music before them.I know for my friends and I that first Ramones album was nothing short of a revelation. It's easy to lose sight of it now, but at the time it was revolutionary. No one had ever heard anything like it. So minimalist. So brutally fast. So funny.
I've been thinking about that, and what's funny is the Ramones didn't really bury 70s rock, their progeny did. They were never really successful, at least not in the way that success is measured in THE MUSIC BUSINESS. They struggled constantly and only persevered through stubbornness and an unwillingness to quit.They must have made quite an impact when they appeared and buried almost everything which had been done in rock music before them.
None of the bands who created what became punk rock were successful: the Stooges, the Velvet Underground, the MC5, the New York Dolls, the Ramones. None of them were successful, but all of them were influential. The old joke is that the Velvet Underground only sold 10,000 records, but everyone who bought the record started a band. You could say the same thing about the Ramones.
Also, that when the Ramones listended to the Clash's first album, they considered it a cheap rip-off of their style. And that Johnny Rotten didn't dare to enter their dressing room when they played in London, because he (and everybody) thought the Ramones were a gang from Brooklyn and would beat him up :D