Ramones show London anyone can form a band

4 July 1976: Number 10 in our series of the 50 key events in the history of indie music

On Independence Day 1976, the Roundhouse in London hosted the veteran San Francisco band Flamin' Groovies. All the young punks came out that night, but not to see the headliners. They were there to see and (in the cases of the Clash and the Sex Pistols) meet the support band, the Ramones, who had inspired the first wave of UK punks, and whose appearance here would galvanise many more. The NME, reviewing the show, said Ramones played "first step moronorock strung across a selection of imbecilic adolescent ditties". It was meant as a compliment, just about.

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