Syndicated radio broadcaster and music expert Alan Cross uses the analogy of Johnny Appleseed to describe how the Ramones "seeded punk" across the U.S. His description could not be more apt. It seems that wherever Johnny, Joey, Dee Dee, and Tommy Ramone played during the 1970s and '80s, a handful of punk bands sprang up in their wake.
In this episode of the Alan Cross Guide to Alternative Rock, Cross covers the background of the band (when Johnny and Dee Dee befriended each other on a construction site in 1974) as well as its enormous influence. Cross quotes early reviews of the Ramones sound by New York City music critics and describes the band himself as "Beach Boys on the combination of crank and glue".
Rock on: listen to another Alan Cross Guide.
©2009 Alan Cross; (P)2009 HarperCollins Canada
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