It’s been 40 years since the Ramones released their legendary self-titled debut. With it, they kicked the doors right off the hinge to grab their seat at the table as a must hear punk rock act with a loud, yet sometimes incoherent swagger. Inexplicably, the Ramones only just earned Gold status two years ago despite the firm placement that the album’s tracks have in our heads. But it’s not just fans who can’t shake Blitzkrieg Bop, it’s also other musicians who were raised on The Ramones and who were desperate to pay tribute by covering some of the album’s best tracks. So, in honor of Saturday’s 40th anniversary, we pulled together a quick list of some of the best Ramones covers from a diverse array of musicians.
The Beautiful South – Blitzkrieg Bop
When Tommy Ramone wrote “Blitzkrieg Bop” and came up with the chant “Hey, Ho, Let’s Go!” the last thing he probably envisioned the song as is a folksy, Jangle Pop ditty, underscored by a tambourine. That’s exactly what The Beautiful South turned it into on their 2004 album: Golddiggas, Headnodders and Pholk Songs. An album comprised almost entirely of covers. The elaborate instrumentation and the paradoxical nature of the music with the lyrics are what makes this reconceptualization worth a listen.