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

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”

Relat­ed con­tent:

The Ramones Play a New Year’s Eve Con­cert in Lon­don, 1977

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  • Zeke says:


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

  • Mike Springer says:

    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.

  • Diederik Denaeghel says:

    this is wrong­ly dat­ed as june 1977. I have a boot­leg of the show 10/27/1977 with exact­ly the same intro’s of Joey as filmed. So, I am sure this is filmed 27 octo­ber 1977.

    The ramones did­n’t played CBG­B’s ear­ly Octo­ber.

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