Thursday, February 15, 2007

One Two Three Four

Here we go, the second part of The Ramones' Rock & Roll College, live at Northwestern University in 1979. This half starts off a bit slowly and then really gets going at "Surfin' Bird," followed quickly by the hit "Cretin Bop." My favorite moments are either "California Sun" or at "Do You Wanna Dance," the beginning of the first encore. And I can't think of any other song that is as short as "Judy Is a Punk" that I enjoy nearly as much.

That song is also featured in one of my favorite films, Wes Anderson's The Royal Tenenbaums, though the live version here is much more fast paced. The original version has a length of 1:31, and was featured on the band's self-titled debut album released on April 23, 1976. Recording lasted a little over two weeks on a budget of only $6,200, and it is now considered one of the most influential albums of all time. It was rereleased in 2001 by Rhino Records, along with 8 bonus tracks which feature demo and alternate versions, and 3 previously unreleased recordings. You can get a physical copy or digital download of it at


16. Needles And Pins (2:13)
17. I’m Affected (2:24)
18. I Want You Around (2:37)
19. Surfin’ Bird (2:47)
20. Cretin Hop (1:35)
21. All The Way (2:00)
22. California Sun (1:38)
23. I Don’t Want To Walk Around With You (1:17)
24. Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World (1:40)
25. Pinhead (2:11)
26. Do You Wanna Dance (2:05)
27. Suzy Is A Headbanger (1:47)
28. Let’s Dance (2:30)
29. Chinese Rock (2:01)
30. Judy Is A Punk (1:10)
31. We’re A Happy Family (1:57)

*Part One