March 21, 2007

Children of the Ramones

The Ramones basically invented what has come to be accepted as Punk Rock. That’s a given. They were the tree by which all of the other branches grew from.

Here are some bands that prove the apples don't fall far from the tree. These are bands that emulate the Ramones extremely closely in style, sound and lyrics. In fact, if you close your eyes…

Screeching Weasel Fanzine writer Ben Weasel & John Jughead started Screeching Weasel in 1986, after seeing a Ramones concert in Chicago. A lot of latter day Punk bands (including Green Day & Blink-182) have cited Screeching Weasel as influences. Weasel’s whiny vocals and the musical adherence to the one-two-three-four musical groove of the Ramones make Screeching Weasel come off as the Ramones’ snotty little brothers.

The Riverdales – Ben Weasel formed The Riverdales in the mid 90’s during a break from Screeching Weasel. More of the same. Even poppier and more Ramonsier! In other words…Great!

The Queers- Joe King (ie Joe Queer) started up The Queers in New Hampshire back in 1982. They’ve had a revolving roster of at least 25 members over the years (including members of Screeching Weasel. Still touring, check em out!

Methadones- Formed by Danny Vapid of Screeching Weasel, The Methadones stray a little from the direct Ramones sound and incorporate more of a diverse and harder sound. You can even hear traces of bands like Husker Du in their chorus’ and strong structure.

Hailing from Maryland/Delaware, and actually releasing a cover version of a Ramones album and calling it Rocket To Ramonia, the Huntingtons (Cliffy Huntington: Guitar/Vocals, Mikey Huntington: Vocals/Bass, Mikee Huntington: Drums ) showed these guys were on it. When you call another album File Under Ramones, there’s no misinterpretation. The Huntingtons also were used as Joey Ramone's backing band a couple of times in NYC.


Screeching Weasel – Jeanie’s Got A Problem With Her Uterus


virid said...

Off the top of my head, I'd also add the following to your list:

The Donnas' self-titled album:

and the Manges:

b. brown said...

Hehe, I've got the Riverdale's circle-27 on my arm. Once the idea hit me to get that tattooed, I couldn't not get it (and I'm NOT a tattoo kind of guy).

Great post!

Ezra said...

what about when screeching weasel covered the entire first ramones album?

jonder said...

...and the Queers covered the Rocket to Russia album. Bleedin Out got mentioned in Idolator for this post. Congrats, Nazz! And thanks for adding my blog to your sidebar.

aikin said...

awesome stuff. Thanks for adding me to your blogroll. I've had you bookmarked for awhile, and as soon as I quit being so lazy, I plan on updating my own roll, and adding you to my list.
thanks and keep up the good work with the awesome music.

b. brown said...

On the lighter side, have you ever listened to Chixdiggit? They're almost silly in how close they nail their influences, but they're pretty darn good. They also exhibit a high level of intelligence through their humor, not bouncing off any current funny-guy trends. They're pretty original in that regard; they "get it," if you know what I mean. Their s/t on Sub Pop is a great starting place.