Princes of New York punk, kings of CBGB's (take virtual tour here), and the only Americans, then or now, who could pull off skinny jeans with impunity, The Ramones were masters of the short and sweet. Here's a recording of a live 1978 set at the Palladium in New York City: 26 songs, 54 minutes, all set to clips from old sci-fi movies.
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