In case that you haven't seen this yet (I first spotted it Friday over at Flaming Pablum, and the item is making the rounds) ... a little afternoon entertainment via a July 1976 issue of UK weekly music newspaper Melody Maker.
The author did not care for The Ramones, saying that the only place for their "notoriously discordant music is the sweaty downtown Manhattan dives to which they are no doubt accustomed."
At author at the time was 17-year-old Steve Morrissey, who would grow up one day to save fainting woman at the Strand. And front the Smiths and enjoy a successful solo career.
Per Buzzfeed, you can buy the issue on eBay ... going for $56.89.
Heaven knows he was just miserable then.
I first saw The Ramones in August 1976 (still have the ticket stub), and still miss seeing them play. I would not know what Morrisey or The Smiths sounded like if I was locked in a room with their music, nor would I particularly care to familiarize myself with the yodelings of such a smug, self-satisfied know-nothing.
An early version of Bieber-hating.
Wasn't he president of the NY Dolls fan club? Like there was THAT big of a difference between the two? (coming from a fan of both bands)
I don't think any of us can really imagine how novel the Ramones sounded at that time. Although I still think everything after Rocket to Russia is lame.
Gonna have to agree with the mozz on this one.
I disagree about the Ramones but love the way the review's written. How many seventeen year olds have that kind of integrity and conviction, and the eloquence and perspicacity to express it so clearly. Let's face it the teens of today suck.
It reads like a typical opinion piece in about any high school newspaper. Random words strung together trying to hide a lack of content.
Is he really that far off the mark? The Ramones sound was very revolutionary in its simplicity of a few repeated chords and vocals- many people might not have been impressed with when they first came out.
But he is conflating "simplicity" with incompetence. Which is a ridiculous thing to do.
The Ramones were very competent at what they did.
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