I saw them as the ultimate all-American band. To me, they reflected the American character in general—an almost childish innocent aggression…. I thought, ‘The Great Seal of the President of the United States’ would be perfect for the Ramones, with the eagle holding arrows—to symbolize strength and the aggression that would be used against whomever dares to attack us—and an olive branch, offered to those who want to be friendly. But we decided to change it a little bit. Instead of the olive branch, we had an apple tree branch, since the Ramones were American as apple pie. And since Johnny was such a baseball fanatic, we had the eagle hold a baseball bat instead of the [Great Seal]’s arrows.
|—||Arturo Vega on the Ramones logo, which he created|
I just figured The Beatles came up with stuff like “She Loves You”. I figured I’d just write stuff like “She Doesn’t Love You”. Gloomy things are just sometimes what you do.
|—||Mike Palm, Agent Orange|
Cherry Bomb b/w Blackmail
The Runaways, Mercury Records/Japan (1976)