The Ramones in Their Heyday, Filmed “Live at CBGB,” 1977

in Music | June 17th, 2013

Here’s classic footage of the Ramones in their prime, performing at a club in 1977. The film’s opening title says it was shot on June 10, 1977 at CBGB, but that is apparently not true. Singer Joey Ramone tells the audience that the band’s third album, Rocket to Russia, will be coming out “in about two weeks” as the band launches into a song from the album. But Rocket to Russia wasn’t recorded until late August of 1977, and was released on November 4. So perhaps the film was shot during one of the band’s October 1977 shows. Whatever the exact date and place, the Ramones were clearly at the top of their form when this film was made. In the two clips presented here, they burn through the following songs:

Part one (above)

  1. “Blitzkrieg Bop”
  2. “Sheena is a Punk Rocker”
  3. “Beat on the Brat”
  4. “Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue”

Part two (below):

  1. “Rockaway Beach”
  2. “Cretin Hop”
  3. “Oh,Oh, I Love Her So”
  4. “Today Your Love, Tomorrow the World”

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  1. Kaneda says . . .
    June 17, 2013 / 3:08 pm

    A little tear dropped :)

  2. Zeke says . . .
    June 18, 2013 / 6:32 am


    6/10/77 can also be read as October 6, 1977…

  3. Mike Springer says . . .
    June 18, 2013 / 10:18 am

    Yes, Zeke. I had thought of that. On October 6, 1977 the Ramones were at the Palladium in New York City. I couldn’t find anything out about that show being filmed, but it’s certainly a possibility. The band also played a series of gigs at CBGB from October 27 to October 30, 1977. So that’s another possibility. In any case it appears that either the date or the venue is wrong. Maybe they’re both wrong.

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