Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Bitter 16

Today's song comes from one of the most influential albums ever made: The Ramones.  Released in 1976, it was The Ramones' first studio album and is credited with starting punk.  The album contains many songs that have now become punk rock standards, such as "Blitzkrieg Bop," "Beat on the Brat," and "Judy is a Punk." Today's song is not just a punk classic, however, it's also inspired by a horror movie!

"Chain Saw" starts out with the buzz of a saw and then goes into a tale of woe based on the 1974 movie The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.  It also happens to contain the most endearing mispronunciation of "massacre" ever recorded, rhyming it beautifully with "They took my baby away from me."  Like all of the other songs on The Ramones, "Chain Saw" comes in well under three minutes, but is chocked full of stripped-down rocking awesomeness that changed the face of popular music forever.

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