Edition: Limited Edition of 25
Gelatin Silver Print made by Roberta Bayley from the original negative in her lab in New York City.
With signature and handwritten caption by the photographer
Certificate of Authenticity of TMPG with the artist's signature
© Roberta Bayley, 1976
For their debut album, The Ramones originally wanted an album cover similar to the 1964 Beatles album, Meet The Beatles! The label was unhappy with the first results. The group met up with Roberta Bayley, at the time a photographer for Punk Magazine. The photograph she shot turned out to be the classic Ramones album cover. The band's attitude and stance influenced the design of several other album covers and many of the band's other photos. The Ramones cover was ranked number 58 on Rolling Stone's 1991 list of 100 Greatest Album Covers.
The Ramones, First álbum cover. New York City, 1976
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Ramones is the debut studio album by American punk rock band Ramones, released on April 23, 1976 by Sire Records. After Hit Parader editor Lisa Robinson saw the band at a gig in New York City, she wrote about them in an article and contacted Danny Fields, insisting that he be their manager. Fields agreed and convinced Craig Leon to produce Ramones, and the band recorded a demo for prospective record labels. Leon persuaded Sire president Seymour Stein to listen to the band perform, and he later offered the band a recording contract. The Ramones began recording in January 1976, needing only seven days and $6,400 to record the album. They used similar sound-output techniques[clarification needed] to those of the Beatles and used advanced production methods by Leon.
The album cover, photographed by Punk magazine's Roberta Bayley, features the four members leaning against a brick wall in New York City. The record company paid only $125 for the front photo, which has since become one of the most imitated album covers of all time. The back cover depicts an eagle belt buckle along with the album's liner notes. After its release, Ramones was promoted with two singles, which failed to chart. The Ramones also began touring to help sell records; these tour dates were mostly based in the United States, though two were booked in Britain.
Violence, drug use, relationship issues, humor, and Nazism were prominent in the album's lyrics. The album opens with "Blitzkrieg Bop", which is among the band's most recognized songs. Most of the album's tracks are uptempo, with many songs measuring at well over 160 beats per minute. The songs are also rather short; at two-and-a-half minutes, "I Don't Wanna Go Down to the Basement" is the album's longest track. Ramones contains a cover of the Chris Montez song "Let's Dance".
Ramones peaked at number 111 on the US Billboard 200 and was unsuccessful commercially, though it received glowing reviews from critics. Many later deemed it a highly influential record, and it has since received many accolades, such as the top spot on Spin magazine's list of the "50 Most Essential Punk Records". Ramones is considered an influential punk album in the US and UK, and had a significant impact on other genres of rock music, such as grunge and heavy metal. The album was ranked at number 33 in Rolling Stone's 2012 list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time and was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America in 2014.