While watching Castle Rock I scanneed on the Ramones poster during a flashback scene with Andre Holland in the neighbor girl's room. This of course led to me thinking about my initial connection to the band. I was reluctant to listen to what was labeled "pun" since I felt it wasn't worth my time. A good friend who was as clean cut as they came-a pole vaulter, body/health freak of a young guy told me how he got a Ramones record and how great they were. I'm thinking if Thor (that's what he looked like) is into them, can they really be that good and conversely, can they really be that subversive if he likes them? Well they really were that good and I don't know about subversive-not them anyway. It was like listening to Mad Magazine if it were a musical format. The lyrics were straight zany and the frantic buzzsaw guitars and nasal Joey vocals were all a perfect fit. The Ramones were my gateway drug into the Sex Pistols, Talking Heads, the Buzzcocks, Patti Smith, Iggy Pop and many others. RIP-Rockaway in Peace Ramones!