Ramones “Ramones” performed by The F.E.D.S.
The Kinks “Something Else” performed by Phil and the Tin Soldier Band
RAMONES “RAMONES” (performed by The F.E.D.S.)
Ramones is the debut studio album by the American punk rock band Ramones, released on April 23, 1976, by Sire Records. After Hit Parader editor Lisa Robinson saw the band at a gig in New York City, she wrote about them in an article and contacted Danny Fields, insisting that he be their manager. Fields agreed and convinced Craig Leon to produce Ramones, and the band recorded a demo for prospective record labels. Leon persuaded Sire president Seymour Stein to listen to the band perform, and he later offered the band a recording contract. The Ramones began recording in January 1976, needing only seven days and $6,400 to record the album.
The album cover, photographed by Punk magazine’s Roberta Bayley, features the four members leaning against a brick wall in New York City. The record company paid only $125 for the front photo, which has since become one of the most imitated album covers of all time. The back cover depicts an eagle belt buckle along with the album’s liner notes. After its release, Ramones was promoted with two singles, which failed to chart. The Ramones also began touring to help sell records; these tour dates were mostly based in the United States, although two were booked in Britain.
THE KINKS “SOMETHING ELSE” (performed by Phil and the Tin Soldier Band)
Something Else by the Kinks, often referred to simply as Something Else, is the fifth studio album by the Kinks, released on 15 September 1967 by Pye Records. The album continued the Kinks’ trend toward an eccentric baroque pop and music hall-influenced style defined by Ray Davies’ observational and introspective lyrics. It also marks the final involvement of American producer Shel Talmy in the Kinks’ 1960s studio recordings; henceforth Ray Davies would produce the group’s recordings. Many of the songs feature the keyboard work of Nicky Hopkins and the backing vocals of Davies’s wife, Rasa. The album was preceded by the singles “Waterloo Sunset”, one of the group’s most acclaimed songs, and the Dave Davies solo record “Death of a Clown”, both of which charted in the UK top 3.