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2002-02 the 50 Greatest Bands (Spin)
«The Ramones’ genius is that they could say in two minutes what it takes most bands five minutes to say. You hear any of their songs once and you’ll walk away knowing it. I also wanna say that if Joey Ramone and Jeff Spicoli had a baby, it’d be Sum-41.» — Deryck Whibley, Sum-41

2. RAMONES
Punk exists because of the false assumption that the Ramones can be imitated. "1-2-3-4!" Three chords. "Second verse same as the first." Technically speaking, it’s simple. Legend has it that in every citywhere the Ramones played in support of their 1976 debut, a handful of punk kids started up bands, thinking that they could do it, too. But the Ramones’ loud-fast style masked a pop genius. Slow their tempos, and you’ve got Beach Boys melodies. Replace lyrics about sniffin’ glue and eatin’ refried beans, and you’ve got the Ronettes/ Give everyone matching leather jackets, and you’ve got the punk rock Beatles. Just four lads from Queens who birthed thousands of bands, then blew each one away. Like sharks, they didn’t evolve — they didn’t need to.

Influenced: Green Day, Blink 182, Sum-41, U2, the Offspring, Sleater-Kinney, the Donnas, Black Flag, the Clash, the Sex Pistols — oh, forget it: everyone!

1. Beatles
2. Ramones
3. Led Zeppelin
4. Bob Marley & the Wailers
5. Nirvana
6. Parliament/Funkadelic
7. The Clash
8. Public Enemy
9. The Rolling Stones
10. Beastie Boys
11. The Velvet Underground
12. Sly & the Family Stone
13. U2
14. Run-D. M. C.
15. Radiohead
16. The Jimi Hendrix Experience
17. Sonic Youth
18. AC/DCv 19. Stooges
20. Metallica
21. The Smiths
22. Patti Smith Group
23. N. W. A.
24. Kraftwerk
25. Sex Pistols
26. Pearl Jam
27. Greateful Dead
28. R. E. M.
29. Black Sabbath
30. Pavement
31. Fugazi
32. Kiss
33. Pretenders
34. Rage Against The Machine
35. Fela Kuti & Afrika 70/Egypt 80
36. David Bowie & The Spiders From Mars
37. Blondie
38. Bad brains
39. The Who
40. Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five
41. New Order
42. Husker Du
43. Guns’N’Roses
44. Outkast
45. The Beach Boys
46. Massive Attack
47. Lynyrd Skynyrd
48. Korn
49. Pink Floyd
50. Red Hot Chili Peppers

Marc Spitz
 
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