Ramones Debut Album Finally Certified Gold

Thirty-eight years after the release of the Ramones' self-titled debut album, the RIAA has certified it gold, signifying sales of over 500,000 units. The self-titled record was released on April 30, 1976 and has been reissued 15 times since.

Upon its initial release, it peaked at number 111 on the Billboard 200, but is still generally considered one of the cornerstones of the punk rock genre.

However, not everyone agrees on the band's importance:

"The Ramones have one gold record to their name," KISS' Gene Simmons once told Consequence of Sound. "But they meant nothing. They never succeeded, failed, in fact."

At the time, the record Simmons referred to was the 1988 greatest-hits compilation, Ramones Mania, which went gold six years after its release.

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