RAMONES: Rocket To Russia LP


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Originally released in 1977 (the year that punk died), ‘Rocket To Russia’, still stands as arguably one of the most vital punk staples to ever come out of the genre. The strength of lead single, ‘Sheena Is A Punk Rocker’, was enough to secure the band a deal with Sire Records, who would front a hefty sum for the budget, which was poured into production costs. Admittedly, the project didn’t sell in the high regions the members had hoped, citing the influence of the Sex Pistols as a negative blanket over the scene, but the more psychedelic, surf-rock sonics may have been too much of an outlier for the time. While sporting another essential cut in the form of, ‘Teenage Lobotomy’, as well as the iconic rendition of, ‘Surfin’ Bird’; the album would mark the final endeavour of all four original Ramones before drummer Tommy would depart, whilst remaining on as producer for the acclaimed follow up the next year, ‘Road To Ruin’.

Cretin Hop
Rockaway Beach
Here Today, Gone Tomorrow
Locket Love
I Don’t Care
Sheena Is A Punk Rocker
We’re A Happy Family
Teenage Lobotomy
Do You Wanna Dance?
I Wanna Be Well
I Can’t Give You Anything
Surfin’ Bird
Why Is It Always This Way