“I loved this album so much. What a gorgeous sound, what intense spirit! It was aggressive, but it was also sweet and lighthearted. The Ramones made you feel good about yourself, like you were part of ‘the club.’
“From Blitzkrieg Bop right on down, all of the songs are magnificent. Then there’s the album cover: gritty, black and white, defiant – it’s sort of a nod to early Beatles’ photographs, but it really shows you who the Ramones are and where they came from.
“I learned these songs when the album came out. I said to myself, ‘I know these three chords, and I can make this kind of music.’ I wasn’t the only one. Tons of people picked up the guitar after hearing this record.”