Well I do like pure punk, all of it, and I can tell you they were the first to do what they did. Were there “garage rock” bands before the Ramones? Of course. Stooges, MC5, The Sonics, Velvet Underground, NY Dolls, etc. But the Ramones stripped it down to the bare essentials and did it with massive amounts of raw energy. They made the blueprint and laid the foundation for what would forever be considered punk rock.
Ramones started in 74. Watch this vid from 77. There weren’t any bands doing this like this before 1974.