The Ramones’ debut album goes gold nearly 40 years later

on June 11, 2014, 4:45pm

The Ramones have one gold record to their name,” Gene Simmons told us a couple of years back, adding: “But they meant nothing. They never succeeded, failed, in fact.” Well, here’s some news that’ll make the KISS bassist turn red, and not from fake blood: On April 30th, 2014, Ramones finally moved 500,000 copies total, with the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) officially certifying it gold some 38 years after its release.

It’s a pretty shocking feat given the ubiquity of Ramones lead single “Blitzkrieg Bop”. Currently, the song has nearly 10 million plays on Spotify, and head over to YouTube, where you can watch countless high school bands cover the song from decades past. In other words, you’d think this would have happened back in, oh, the ’80s?

Still, as Simmons pointed out back in 2012, this isn’t the first time the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Famers have reached that highly coveted sales benchmark. Their 1988 compilation album, Ramones Mania, was certified gold in 1994, taking 32 years less time to do so than the album that started it all. Either way, revisit Ramones below, and then purchase it so it can go platinum before 2052.


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October 20, 2014 at 3:29 pm

You know, Gene, it is one thing to be defensive about the fact your own band is widely reviled and laughed at as pure hackwork for dolts, which it is, but it is another to slag off a band that put out more and greater music on their first album than Kiss did in its entire career. Can you realize that you are just making yourself look vanishingly small?

Look I was around when Kiss were big, and I was interested in their look ala Destroyer and so I bought the album. I was primed to like the band — until I heard the thing. It was hard rock for 8 year-olds. No serious metal-head ever took Kiss even slightly seriously. The only people into them were kids and slightly retarded adults we avoided like the plague. Kiss Army? Kiss Nursery School. Remember, Led Zeppelin, Yes, Cat Stevens, and Aerosmith were around in their prime then. Why spend a minute of your life on Kiss unless you had brain damage?

Kiss was exactly what the punks were revolting about: indulgent, half-witted drivel marketed to utter boobs that was destroying decent rock music. Punk and New Wave revived it and immediately made Kiss passe. That is what Simmons resents. His brief moment in the sun was quickly pissed on by the punk movement, and never recovered. The Ramones buried Kiss.

Gene can cash as many checks for selling Kiss Halloween action figures and Kiss booze cruises for aging imbeciles, but he will never get an iota of respect where it counts. The Ramones already have.

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June 24, 2014 at 5:29 pm

I just picked up the Ramones debut, Leave Home and Rocket to Russia. I will never purchase a KISS album.

Los Ramones
June 12, 2014 at 2:24 pm

Kiss fans are suckers, to the point that it’s against their better interests to admit it.
Kings of fools.
Gen X and Y could care less about the kiss circus act.

June 12, 2014 at 8:34 am

This is cool news but unfortunately it’s almost made bitter but Gene “Businessman” Simmons. He gave up on music years ago to focus on being a performer and business man, so why does he deem it fit to crap on every band out there he dislikes?

Road Cat
June 11, 2014 at 10:10 pm

Learn all about the Ramones in the book;
Throughout the remarkable twenty-two-year career of the Ramones the seminal punk rock band, Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famers, Recording Academy Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winners and inductees into The Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry, Monte A. Melnick saw it all. He was the band’s tour manager from their 1974 CBGB debut to their final show in 1996. Now, in this NEW UPDATED EDITION he tells his story. Full of insider perspectives and exclusive interviews and packed with over 250 personal color photos and images; this is a must-have for all fans of the Ramones.


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