The creative force behind much of the imperious work with the Ramones, the guitarist Johnny Ramone created a career out of thrashing out three chords to his latest moment of teenage discontent revisited. He, along with his adopted family of bratty brothers, in many ways invented punk so when we stumbled across his top ten lists with New Yorker Magazine, we were keen to see what his view on the genre he spawned was.
While the lists are varying, some make more sense than others. For example, while one is a list of Johnny’s top 10 Eighties Ball Players (Ricky Henderson coming out on top) there is another solely dedicated to books on Elvis ( The Last Train to Memphis by Peter Guralnick coming out with the gold there).
Johnny also gives his top 10 singers (Elvis, naturally, the winner) and most curiously for those not aware of Johnny’s political leanings, his top 10 Republicans (Former President Ronald Reagan getting the emphatic “hey-ho” of approval). Find the full list of lists here.
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The above may be fun for a giggle or two, and we implore you to make your own “Top 10 of all time” (Johnny’s features Baseball, rock and roll, and politics – if you hadn’t guessed), but we were really concerned about was how the emancipated Godfather of punk ranked his underlings.
The list, perhaps in accordance with our previous sentence, is headed up by Johnny’s own band the Ramones, which is actually hard to argue with considering their groundbreaking movements for the genre. Next up are the British contingent of the punk sound with spots for the Sex Pistols and The Clash.
It’s a comprehensive list for which we have created one hell of a playlist. Taking each of the bands mentioned’s first album, this could well be one of the brattiest playlists around.
Johnny Ramones Top 10 Punk Bands
The Sex Pistols
The Dead Boys
Source: New Yorker Magazine