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"Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue" Is Now Recognized By The U.S. Government

I think it's fantastic that the Library Of Congress has recognized the Ramones first album as a musical work that is "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant".  Since the 2000 National Preservation Act, the LOC has been preserving some pretty good stuff in the National Recording Registry.  Works by The Beatles, The Stones, The Allman Brothers, Bob Dylan, Grandmaster Flash And The Furious Five, and Bruce Springsteen are among many who have been deemed to be important musical achievements.  Does that mean they recognize sniffing glue as "culturally significant" because of the huffers anthem, "Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue"?  Believe me, I'm not complaining at all.  This is one of my favorite albums of all time.  I think it's great that "53rd And 3rd", a song about a Vietnam Vet with a bad habit who hangs out at an intersection known for male prostitutes and kills to prove he's a man, is now preserved form the life of the Union in it's records.

Sure, there are other drug addicts and deviants preserved in the Nations most prestigious hall of records like The Beach Boys, James Brown, Michael Jackson, and fellow 2012 inductees Pink Floyd(for Dark Side Of The Moon, HUZZAH!)  But aside from fellow New Yorkers Sonic Youth, Ramones are the first true Punk band and the first to have a song like "Beat On The Brat" in the LOC.
 

You could actually look at The Ramones as a microcosm of the U.S.A. You have the extreme right winger Johnny at odds with the extremely liberal Joey and in between Dee Dee and Tommy(drummer for this album) being pushed and pulled back and forth just trying to keep the beat steady.  I've also thought "Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World" would make a great National Anthem.

Here's a list of the current entrants into the National Recording Registry.  What musical works do you think should be preserved in the Library Of Congress?

Here's the other significant addition to the National Recording Registry:

 

I hope they have a smoking area at the Library Of Congress.