‘Blitzkrieg Bop’

Tommy Ramone, last surviving founding member of the Ramones, died yesterday. He had been drummer for a band often credited with the invention of punk rock:

The Ramones revitalized rock and roll at one of its lowest ebbs, infusing it with punk energy, brash attitude and a loud, fast new sound… The Ramones got back to basics: simple, speedy, stripped-down rock and roll songs… And though the subject matter was sometimes dark, emanating from a sullen adolescent basement of the mind, the group also brought cartoonish fun and high-energy excitement back to rock and roll. 

[Rock and Roll Hall of Fame]

‘Blitzkrieg Bop’ was their debut single, released in April 1976. In less than three minutes it set the blueprint for punk rock. This was to be a music of ‘lightning war’, a supercharged outpouring of angry excitement. Co-written by Tommy Ramone, the track lives on.

Hey ho, let’s go
Hey ho, let’s go
Hey ho, let’s go
Hey ho, let’s go

[Lyrics]

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