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Blitzkrieg Bop

Blitzkrieg Bop Introduction

In a Nutshell

Once upon a time, "Blitzkrieg Bop" wasn't just a song that played on every other television commercial. That "Hey, ho! Let's go!" line must really send stuff flying off the shelves.

It was just a crazily upbeat two minutes on an album that didn't even make it onto the charts. Of course, the Ramones have since gone down in musical fame, and been proudly displayed on a many a black t-shirt.

Whether you only know them from Guitar Hero, or you're a true hardcore fan, allow us to shed some light on this punk rock powerhouse.

About the Song

ArtistRamones, The
Year1976
LabelSire Records
Writer(s)Tommy Ramone, Johnny Ramone, Dee Dee Ramone, and Joey Ramone
Producer(s)Craig Leon
Musician(s)Joey Ramone (vocals), Johnny Ramone (guitar), Dee Dee Ramone (bass, vocals), Tommy Ramone (drums)
Learn to playTablature
AlbumRamones

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Influences on Ramones, The

The Stooges
New York Dolls
Television
Alice Cooper
Elvis Presley
MC5

Influenced by Ramones, The

The Clash
Sex Pistols
Talking Heads
Blondie
Joy Division
Dead Kennedys
X
Black Flag
Social Distortion
Green Day
Bad Religion
Offspring
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Metallica

Blitzkrieg Bop Resources

Albums

Leave Home (1977)
This is the Ramones' second album, and includes the songs "Pinhead" and "Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment."

Rocket to Russia (1977)
The third Ramones album includes hits like "Sheena is a Punk Rocker," "Teenage Lobotomy," and "Do You Wanna Dance?"

Ramones (1976)
The Ramones' debut album, which features "Blitzkrieg Bop," is probably their best. The album is pretty astonishing from start to finish. It's hard to imagine what this must have sounded like to people when it first came out, since it really was so different from the musical stylings of that time period. The album includes "Blitzkrieg Bop," "Beat on the Brat," "Today Your Love, Tomorrow the World," "Judy Is a Punk," and "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend."

Images

The Ramones Logo
This is the iconic logo that helped to sell so many Ramones t-shirts.

Ramones Album Cover
This is the iconic Ramones photograph, and pretty much the only picture you need to understand everything that the Ramones were about.

Movies & TV

End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones (2003)
This great documentary by Michael Grimaglia and Jim Fields chronicles the musical career of the Ramones in exacting detail. The film is gripping, touching, and at times quite sad. It includes some great live footage. The documentary focuses on the immense impact that the Ramones had on rock music despite the fact that they failed to ever achieve mainstream success.

Websites

The Ramones' Rolling Stone Page
Rolling Stone magazine includes old articles written about the Ramones, a brief biography, and old album reviews.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Page
The Ramones were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002, shortly after Joey's death. This site includes a good biography and discography of their work.