If you’re making a list of the most influential bands of all time, the Ramones have to be somewhere in the Top 5. Incredibly, though, they never sold a lot of records during their 22 years together. The band was kept alive by touring, merch sales and the occasional licensing deal. Their best-selling record? Ramones Mania, a greatest hit collection which managed to break the the 500,000 mark in the US. That’s their only gold record.
Well, it was their only gold record.The Recording Industry Association of America, the lawsuit-happy organization that’s also in charge of giving out sales awards, has finally declared that the Ramones’ 1976 self-titled debut album has gone gold–38 years after its release on April 23, 1976 According to Uncut, that certification came on April 30–but no one seemed to notice.
Either way, about bloody time.
Thanks to Tom for the link.