A place where no one listens
Stands against the world
Armed boys in camouflage
Shoot at the shadows
Claim to be the masters, at
Not telling the truth
People who have grown tired
The party's over
Think like an arrow
They see light in the darkness
On April 8, 1995 the New York Times wrote:
With integrity as important to alternative-rock as heartbreak is to country music, Fugazi should be king. The hard-core rock band, which grew out of the ashes of the influential Washington, D.C., band Minor Threat, sells concert tickets for no more than $5 (a third of what bands of their stature usually charge), refuses to make videos, declines to sell T-shirts and other merchandise at its performances, has not signed with a major record label, sells its self-pressed CD's for less than $9 and performs only at all-ages shows. At its sold-out performances at Irving Plaza on Tuesday and Wednesday, the band showed that even with a punk revival in full swing, it isn't afraid to chastise the fans to their faces ("Sir, do us a favor and don't roll on people's heads," the singer and guitarist Ian MacKaye said to one crowd-surfer on Tuesday) or to break down the boundaries of hard core.
This is an excellent audience recording from another source. See my earlier post of this concert, along with my recording of the event:
I still get a thrill from this recording when at the very start of the show he calls out "Turn up the volume Walter!"
Here's a comment left by someone on another site that was offering the recording for sale:
Blazing through twenty-three cuts in under an hour, Live, January 7, 1978 at The Palladium, NYC documents The Ramones at the peak of their powers. Ask me who the greatest Rock and Roll band that ever took the stage, eight days of the week I’ll tell you it was The Ramones. Their peak as a live act - the late seventies through to the mid-eighties - scale heights most bands are not able to dream of reaching. This album is so penetrating it rips a hole through my skull every time. It’s similar to the It's Alive LP, recorded a week previous - excluding ‘Judy is a Punk’, the set list is identical – but the performance may be a tad more intense. I know, that doesn’t sound possible…
The Ramones are probably the most definitive Rock and Roll band the world will ever have the pleasure of knowing. So enjoy. This is all we have left.