Tommy Ramone, who was behind the drums as the Ramones led a punk revolution during the mid seventies, has died at the age of 62.
A feature length biopic telling the story of New York punk pioneers the Ramones is edging closer, according to Linda Ramone – widow of the band’s guitarist and songwriter Johnny.
Debut albums. Get them right, and their impact can change the world. Some mark the starting point for even greater things to come, others make such a lasting impression their legacy becomes an almost unbearable burden on the shoulders of its creators.
Many bands have got it very right on their first attempt; defining eras, inspiring generations, or simply becoming cult classics for an instantly dedicated fanbase. Here, we’ve sorted through the long-list of enduringly classic debuts to present 25 of our own essentials, all of which have left an indelible mark on the musical landscape.
When you’ve been through our rundown, leave a comment below letting us know which debuts you keep going back to time after time, and which records not included on our list you feel deserve a mention.
C.J made the admission to Greatsouthernbrainfart.com, explaining how Metallica acted upon a tip off from his one-time bandmate Johnny Ramone with an offer on two separate occasions.
In fact, this snot-nosed street punk squad from Atlanta has slowly built up a cult following with an image based on the exact opposite.
Their now legendary live shows have been peppered with everything from vandalized equipment to indecent exposure to the exchanging of various bodily fluids, while their previous recording efforts were heavily indebted to an inclusive, anything-goes lo-fi aesthetic.
So it seemed like a shock of sorts when the group announced their new album ‘Arabia Mountain‘ would not only feature an outside producer for the first time, but that that producer would be none other than Mark Ronson, the Grammy Award-winning celebrity DJ best known for his retro-slick work with the likes of Amy Winehouse, Christina Aguilera, and Duran Duran.
The English do not know how to do summer. Sad, but true. We give it a go, with open-toe sandals, knotted handkerchiefs, flowery shirts and cocktails with those little paper umbrellas…but then a band like Best Coast hop over for a tour date or two and show us how it’s really done. Perhaps you’ve heard of them. They usually get some favourable adjectives thrown at them – surf garage pop punk California – rearrange as preferred.
Here’s a look at our picks of highlights in UK music coming up this week , which includes a huge Manchester gig from Coldplay and plenty of treats for Beatles fans.
The boxset of the fully re-mastered back catalogue of The Beatles is released today, with the individual albums being released on Wednesday. The Cribs’ fourth studio album, and first with Johnny Marr, ‘Ignore The Ignorant’ is out today and London-based singer-songwriter Jamie T releases his new album ”Kings & Queens’.
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