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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Ramones – Judy's In The Basement - The 914 Sessions

Released : 1997
Recorded : September 19, 1975 at 914 Studios, Blauvelt, New York
Genre : Punk Rock
Label : Hit & Run Records
Producer : Tommy Erdelyi

Before the Ramones hit it big (OK, they were never as big as the Sex Pistols, but hey, they're the Ramones!) with their self-titled debut album in 1976, there was this little nugget flying around. Recorded on September 19, 1975 at 914 Studios, Blauvelt, New York, Judy's In The Basement was released as a 10-inch EP by Hit & Run Records, and made in East Berlin. The liner notes also state that the songs were produced by Tommy Erdelyi. At that time, the Ramones were PUNK. But then, given the simplicity of the songs, the catchy melodies, the singalong-ness of their tunes and those bombastic chords (never mind that they were the same three or four ones) - it's hard not to like the Ramones and doubly hard not to be inspired by them. For many, the idea of the Ramones might be boiled down to this: it's so simple anyone can do it! But the Ramones were being themselves and the fans understood this. So here are the Ramones again... hungry and eager to play and before they got swept away by their new-found fame which their debut album would unleash. Just how could anyone not want to sing along with I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend? And in the immortal words of Joey Ramone, "Hey ho, let's go!"


1. I Don't Wanna Go Down To The Basement
2. 53rd & 3rd
3. I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend
4. Judy Is A Punk (Joey Ramone)
5. Loudmouth


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