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5 Little-Known Facts About The Ramones’ Debut, Released On This Day in 1976 (4/23)


The Ramones’ eponymous debut album is largely regarded as one of the most influential punk rock records of all time. But that wasn’t the case when the band first released the album on April 23, 1976.


Although the critical reception of ‘Ramones’ was overwhelmingly positive, the record failed to garner significant commercial success. It would take nearly four decades for the album to reach gold status in 2014, and in 2022, Rolling Stone ranked it No. 1 on its list of 100 Best Debut Albums of All Time.


From its historically low budget to its under-30-minute, all-stinger tracklist, the Ramones’ iconic debut embodied punk in every sense of the word.

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