The Ramones – read all about it!

Just today an argument kicked off in our forums about who were the godfathers of punk rock. MC5? The Stooges? Iggy Pop? Sex Pistols? Blink 182? Ok, maybe not the last one…

Well in my opinion the band that kicked off what we have today is The Ramones. And with the sad deaths of both Joey and Dee Dee in the not-so-distant past, there’s some very good reading on the internet about the band.

The best (and most comprehensive) read is over at who just happen to be our good friends. ‘Slick’ Nick Smith has slaved over a complete history of the band, and it’s an absolute must read.

With a complete (and very thorough) discography and three months worth of hard work having gone into the project, you owe it to yourselves to read it.

And you’ll be left in no doubt who really were responsible for this mess we are now in…

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Paul, otherwise known as Sav, is quite possibly the only member of the Punktastic team to actually have a proper job. But don't hold that against him. He's actually a proper journalist, (a reporter for a daily northern paper) and so adds a bit of credence to the team. Except you wouldn't think that by reading his reviews. Maybe somebody should tell him that it is quality and not quantity that counts! Sav actually ended up working for Punktastic after meeting Nick at university, and the pair bonded over all things punk rock. Another guitarist, he also "writes a lot of songs about relationships, and how mine went wrong." Oh, and he loves the Ataris, if you hadn't already noticed. In his spare time he worships at the church of Kris Roe... Other fave bands include: MxPx, New Found Glory, Blink 182, Weezer, Midtown, Reel Big Fish, The Get Up Kids, Alkaline Trio, NOFX, Green Day, Deftones, Lit and Silverchair to name but a few. Hobbies include, sleeping, drinking, eating fish and supporting Grimsby Town FC. But hey, somebody has to.