The Ramones Perform "Blitzkrieg Bop"
In honor of the Ramones t-shirt I bought today; Steve Sailer on this band "who remain ridiculously influential all these decades later" — "Blitzkrieg Bop" and the 10,000 Hour Rule. Mr. Sailer:
- Guitarist Johnny Ramone came up with a sort of ideological explanation for the Ramones' linear, utterly unfunky style: the blues had dominated electric guitar music for so long that it was getting boring, so it was time for white people to come up with their own form of rock stripped of black influence.
Strikingly, Johnny's ideology of stylistic racial separatism proved hugely influential and remains relatively dominant even today. It fit in well with black grievances over whites "stealing" their stylistic innovations.
It was a pretty good idea in the 1970s, but here we are in 2013 and people are still wearing Ramones t-shirts.