A new court battle over the Ramones' legacy goes back to a song about the KKK

The Ramones were never a happy family. They never gave much of a crap for the political idealism that would come to be associated with the sound that they defined, either. This is especially of guitarist Johnny Ramone, a notorious conservative who celebrated the bands' induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame by […]

Great cover of The Ramones' "I Wanna Be Sedated" played on the dulcimer

I love how into it this guy is. [via Laughing Squid]

Newly completed Ramones song, S.L.U.G., released ahead of Road to Ruin reissue

I was so thrilled to discover this last night. Ahead of the forthcoming release of the remastered, expanded edition of the Ramones' iconic 1978 album, Road to Ruin, KEXP premiered a "fully-realized" version of S.L.U.G., a rare Ramones track that previous only appeared in demo and bootleg form. Rhino Records is preparing to release a […]

LISTEN: The Ramones' demo recordings for their debut album (1975)

Listen to the "truly hypnotic, pounding, buzzsaw drone [The Ramones] made as complete amateur unknowns" in this collection of demo recordings. "[The early demo recordings] offer a fascinating alternative insight into how the eventual debut album might have otherwise sounded. Their dense, primal sound reveals the surprising amount of dilution that the first record's somewhat […]