Classic & Current Contemporary Non-Schlock-Rock Metropolitan Music
Ramones (May 1976) - Ramones
Where the hell was I in 1976? I missed the debut record from one of the greatest bands of all time. My head was so into Springsteen (I still like him, too).
I don't remember hearing this on Deaconlight when I was in high school. But then again, high school was an issue. When we were supposed to register for the spring 1976 classes (I was a Junior at the time), I stood outside in the freezing cold with these old Fortran computer cards in my hand. This modern idea was that you would go to the table of the class you wanted to take and hand over your Fortran card and you are registered.
I will never forget that very very cold January day. I even remember the dress I wore. A very short black dress with a psychedelic design on the front. I was totally chilled standing outside the RJR gym, waiting to get in and register for my classes. By the time I did get in, all the classes I wanted were taken.
So I took the friggin' Fortran cards and tossed them in the trash bin. This meant that not only was I not registered for classes during those times, I wasn't even scheduled for study hall. It was if I did not exist for first and second period at RJ Reynolds High School.
The complication here is that I had to be at Home Room between first and second period. So skipping first period was no prob, since no one was expecting me anywhere, but I had to go to Home Room and check in for the day.
And since I was not registered to be anywhere for second period, I had to hang around the halls and the stairwells waiting for third period, when my first classes started.
So life started getting really strange here.
My mother had returned to Wake Forest as history major, so she was pretty connected. Plus, a bunch of my family has gone to WFU. Somehow, my mom arranged for me to audit a Anthropology course second semester on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at Wake. Because of that, I was alleviated of the Home Room requirement and did not have to be at Reynolds High School until third period every day during my second semester my junior year.
I decided I did not want to go back to Reynolds High School. I was too weird. I really liked being at WFU. So, I was told to take a History class at Summer School (I took one of Dr. Barefield's classes - that guy was way out there but way cool) - and made a B. But jeez it was hard work. So I decided that even if WFU said they would let me in a year early - ironically short an English credit (which turned out to be my major) - I vowed I would go one more year of high school.
But then, I got this letter from the Wake Forest Admissions office offering to let me in a year early. If I accepted, I would have an extra week of summer because Reynolds started a week earlier than Wake. I decided I wanted that extra week, so I accepted WFU's offer.
So you can see, while this awesome record was out and all these cool things were going on with music, I was a bit preoccupied with my school stuff. What would have been my senior year in high school turned out to be my freshman year at college.
Not that this is any excuse for not getting this record, but honestly, I can't remember hearing any Ramones until Gardner Campbell played "I Wanna Be Sedated" from Road to Ruin. At the same time, there were no other Ramones records at FDD when I got there.
Still, I feel like I missed out. I mean, I did have a subscription to Rolling Stone magazine and there were articles about The Ramones there. No excuse other than I had a lot going on at the time. But I more than made up for it.
The first time I saw the Ramones at the Pier in Raleigh (August 1979), I met Johnny and Dee Dee (Joey was playing pinball). I remember Johnny asking me "Why don't you play our records?" I told him WFDD did not have any of the early ones. I wrote the station's address on the back of one of my checks and told him to send them to me. He never did. So I bought them.
-- 22 October 2005 (DD)
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