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Richard Buckner, The Ramones

Out of context it may be difficult to fully understand the cultural impact of the Ramones on music's social order. To appreciate the Ramones' thrashing birth pangs, one must first recognize the stranglehold that the Bee Gees, Donna Summer, Styx, and Fleetwood Mac held over the pop world at that moment. Concerning the question of who gets the credit for altering the musical landscape first, it may only be a coincidence that the Ramones' first release preceded the recorded debuts of the Sex Pistols and the Clash. (Their developments are fairly parallel otherwise.) But when the subject is longevity after the fact, only the Ramones pass the grueling test of time with flying punk colors. -- Brian Baker

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