The Ramones ignited the punk-rock movement with their eponymous 1976 debut album, revitalizing rock and roll at one of its lowest ebbs with attitude, energy and a loud, fast new sound. By cutting music down to its bare essentials – four chords; a simple, catchy melody; a sped up tempo and irresistibly inane lyrics, the Ramones blazed the trail for thousands of bands that followed, influencing everyone from The Clash and The Sex Pistols to Green Day and The Offspring. Although The Ramones never achieved mainstream financial success, they released 21 live and studio albums, had a devoted fan base and were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.

The Sire Years 1976-1981 collects the band’s first six albums:
– Ramones (1976)
– Leave Home (1977)
– Rocket To Russia (1977)
– Road To Ruin (1978)
– End Of The Century (1980)
– Pleasant Dreams (1981)
(Rhino Records)