Photos by Nick Tomecek
I have idolized the leather-jacket wearing, punk-rock band members who lean against brick walls since my eyes first made contact with this iconic album cover.
Most are familiar with the album art for Ramones’ 1976 self-titled album, as well as its opening song, “Blitzkrieg Bop.” I’m not sure if anyone knows the meaning behind the song, but it’s popularly embraced as a motivational chant.
Hey ho, let’s go! Hey ho, let’s go!
I won’t argue.
The whole record is upbeat, filled with many songs that could double as sports team theme chants. Although I love every boyish track on the record, one always steals my heart.
“I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend” is a charming song that easily channels The Beatles. The lyrics aren’t complex, and I think that is what I like about it.
Sweet little girl I want to be your boyfriend
Do you love me babe?
I love this song even more, because another one of my favorite bands covered it. Talking Heads, an experimental rock group, played this song at some of its concerts in the late 1970s.
There is almost nothing I enjoy more than watching and hearing all my favorite musical groups intertwine.
I appreciate the simplistic, juvenile nature of the lyrics on “Ramones,” even if there is more to them than I know. This Ramones record is all about wants and needs, just look at the song titles.
These punk-rock heroes don’t wanna walk around with you. They don’t wanna go down to the basement. They wanna be your boyfriend.
I don’t blame them. I don’t want to go to the basement, either.
“Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World” is another favorite on this album and a song later covered by Metallica among other bands. The Nazi themes in the song with the edgy sound are extremely compelling.
Despite the consistent genre in the track listing, this record is versatile. I listen to it in every season and every time of day.
I think it’s the perfect record to give as a holiday gift, jam out to with your family or jam out to after things don’t go well with the family, because, let’s face it, holidays bring out the worst in people.
When I hear “Ramones,” I feel as if I should be jumping around at a concert in an underground bar in a big city.
I paired this record with a gold chain choker, burgundy velvet romper with thin straps, a faux leather jacket, and lace-up heels. I can definitely see myself wearing this to a rock concert.
Brick wall or not, the Ramones come to mind every time I don a leather jacket.
Choker - TOVA
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Jacket - Gypsy Warrior
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Romper - Urban Outfitters
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Shoes - Love Culture
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