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Ramones debut FINALLY goes gold, 38 years later

Jun 11, 2014

No, that title is not a typo. It’s 100% accurate.

While it may seem well beyond unfathomable, it took nearly 40 years for the seminal debut from The Ramones to achieve “Gold” status with the Recording Industry Association Of America, indicating it has sold in excess of 500,000 copies.

Containing genre-defining tracks like “Blitzkrieg Bop,” “Judy Is A Punk” and “Beat On The Brat,” the album was initially released on April 23, 1976, to extremely mixed reviews. However, it quickly became the blueprint for the rising punk sound, and scores of bands continue to copy their style to this day. Yet the album never really sold well, and remains in the eyes of many a “cult classic;” though those who understand music as a whole see it as a truly groundbreaking musical moment.

Though many may be confused as to how such a massively influential record, from a band that was rightfully enshrined in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, can just now be achieving such a status in terms of sales, the reality remains that while their impact is immeasurable, The Ramones were not nearly as commercially successful as many of their peers and followers. In fact, while many of these other bands were living lives of excess, The Ramones were often an opening act at many phases in their career.

Regardless, in their latest sales figures update, the RIAA printed that from the sales ending the week of April 30, 2014, the record finally crossed the threshold, joining the bands’ only other Gold selling album, “Ramones Mania” (which accomplished the feat in just over six years).

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Recorded in less than a week on a hilariously small budget (about $6000), many point to the tone of the album as the beginning of the DIY movement in underground music, as there is a raw, almost reckless sound throughout. Yet much like a number of their peers, people fail to see the precision and focus the band has at every moment, which is what makes it jus as powerful and energizing to hear nearly four decades after it first shook the world.

Listen to the full album below, then go buy a few copies!

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