Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The Ramones - The Palladium - NYC - 1.7.1978 (SBD)

It's hard to imagine that someone actually had to write the lines "hey-ho, lets' go". It feels like such a simple and basic chant that it must have predated time itself. But someone had to be the first to come up with it. 

The Ramones formed in in Queens, New York in 1974. They all came together sharing a mutual love of The Stooges who's raw bloody rage gave The Ramones infinite inspiration. They quickly found a home in Manhattan clubs like CBGB's and Max's Kansas City playing alongside the god fathers of punk like the New York Dolls and Iggy Pop. 

The Ramones can be credited with being the first true and pure punk band because they invented and perfected the basic punk formula. They boiled the music down to it's most basic elements. They played quick two minute songs, which was about half the length of the average Dolls tune. Every song was built around a fast sloppy 3 or 4 chord riff with a simple, driving, repetitive hook, a basic verse-chorsu-verse structure, and fast simple lyrics that walked a fine line between psychotic and retarded. 

The Ramones also pioneered the punk attitude of complete indifference to their audience. Before them Iggy had experimented with attacking his audience, but Joey just ignored them completely. He did not dance, move, or even look up while he was playing. He just stood in front of the mic with his long, greasy, black hair in front of his face. There was no stage banter. The only way you could tell when one song stopped and the next started was by a short pause for Dee-Dee to yell, "1-2-3-4!". 

In the second half of the 1970's The Ramones produced four albums using their signature formula: Ramones, Leave Home, Rocket to Russia, and Road to Ruin. These four records pushed rock and roll to new levels of intensity and cemented the sound and aesthetics of  punk rock. They worked their way through the Ramones formula in every possible permutation and by the end of Road to Ruin they had carried it to it's natural conclusion. 

Today I'm a sharing the Ramones live at the historic Palladium in New York City recorded live January 7, 1978. This was recording right in the middle of the Ramones hey day. They had already achieved world wide success, but they were still young and fresh. They were not yet tired, aging rock stars. This show has some special energy because they are performing back in their hometown of New York City. One of the only pauses in the whole set is right before Blitzkrieg Bop. A very energized Joey says, "Well, it's great to be back here in New York City, and it's good to see all of you again."   

This show was recorded from the soundboard for an for F.M. radio broadcast on The King Biscuit Flower Hour. The audio quality is excellent. If it weren't for the cheering crowd after each song it would be difficult to distinguish between some of theses tracks and the recordings used on their early records. 

The Ramones
Location: The Palladium - New York, NY
Recorded: 01.07.1978
Source: FM Broadcast
Duration: 56 min
Size: 125mbs 
Bitrate: 320 kbps
Download: http://www.mediafire.com/?gb2w56hqdy63rwc

01. Rockaway Beach
02. Teenage Lobotomy
03. Blitzkrieg Bop
04. I Wanna Be Well
05. Glad To See You Go
06. Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment
07. You're Gonna Kill That Girl
08. I Don't Care
09. Sheena Is A Punk Rocker
10. Havana Affair
11. Commando
12. Here Today, Gone Tommorrow
13. Surfin' Bird
14. Cretin Hop
15. Listen To My Heart
16. California Sun
17. I Don't Wanna Walk Around With You
18. Pinhead
19. Do You Want To Dance
20. Chainsaw
21. Today Your Love, Tommorrow The World
22. Now I Wanna Be A Good Boy
23. Suzy Is A Headbanger
24. Let's Dance
25. Oh, Oh, I Love You So
26. Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue
27. We're A Happy Family


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