I can appreciate the Ramones as much as the next guy. I really like the Ramones, actually. And evidently so do The Mugwumps. And that’s all good and well, but I have very little patience for bands that want to ape the Ramones, even if the vocals don’t sound exactly the same (think Fat Mike from NOFX). It’s not as though the Ramones only released one album of eight songs—there are a lot of Ramones albums; more than enough to keep me entertained for the rest of my life. And there are also a lot of bands that make catchy songs that don’t sound anything like the Ramones. I’d love to see The Mugwumps fall more into the camp of the latter than that of the former. And I’ll stick to listening to the Ramones.
–kurt (It’s Alive)