13 Songs, 33 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The final Ramones album features several smart choices befitting a group of their caliber. Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan’s “I Don’t Want to Grow Up” seems perfectly tailored to the group’s eternal-youth image, and Dee Dee Ramone makes a vocal appearance (via phone) for the closing track, “Born to Die in Berlin.” In fact, Dee Dee contributes six tracks (many of which appeared on his previous solo outings) cowritten with producer Daniel Rey; new bassist CJ handles vocals on “Makin’ Monsters for My Friends,” “The Crusher," and “Cretin Family,” and contributes his own “Scattergun” and “Got a Lot to Say.” Truth is, though, The Ramones don’t feel quite like The Ramones without Joey leading the charge—and here, it’s Joey’s “She Talks to Rainbows” and his underrated “Life’s a Gas” that come closest to nailing that classic Ramones sound. The cover of Johnny Thunders’ “I Love You” brings The Ramones back to the days when they covered “Chinese Rocks.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

The final Ramones album features several smart choices befitting a group of their caliber. Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan’s “I Don’t Want to Grow Up” seems perfectly tailored to the group’s eternal-youth image, and Dee Dee Ramone makes a vocal appearance (via phone) for the closing track, “Born to Die in Berlin.” In fact, Dee Dee contributes six tracks (many of which appeared on his previous solo outings) cowritten with producer Daniel Rey; new bassist CJ handles vocals on “Makin’ Monsters for My Friends,” “The Crusher," and “Cretin Family,” and contributes his own “Scattergun” and “Got a Lot to Say.” Truth is, though, The Ramones don’t feel quite like The Ramones without Joey leading the charge—and here, it’s Joey’s “She Talks to Rainbows” and his underrated “Life’s a Gas” that come closest to nailing that classic Ramones sound. The cover of Johnny Thunders’ “I Love You” brings The Ramones back to the days when they covered “Chinese Rocks.”

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
26 Ratings
26 Ratings
Sugaree5577 ,

A Solid Effort

Even the worst Ramones material is still head and shoulders better than so much other BS out there. But I am partial to The Ramones in every way. Probably my favorite band of all time, all things considered. There are some choice morsels on here to sink into. But one peccadillo with the Itunes review, which mentions the Johnny Thunders cover, "I Love You," likening it to The Ramones covering "Chinese Rocks." But according to Dee Dee Ramone, he wrote the song himself, (titling it "Chinese Rock") and it was usurped by Thunders et al. So techinically The Heartbreakers covered Dee Dee's song, not the other way around.

Dr. J. Hoffman ,

Awesome.

I love this album so f*&king much.

RamonesForever ,

One of there Best!

This is my second favorite Ramones album. Its pure punk! It really stinks that this was there final one. I love EVERTHING about this whole album. It has great songs, great writing, great playing, and great fun! Beacuse that is what the Ramones were all about. I mean, theres not to many bands who talk about mental illness, and going mental. ( Maybe except the Misfits, but the Ramones do it best ! :) So thank you Ramones for giving us 22 years of having a home. A home for the pinheads, the cretins, the freaks and the geeks. To give us a place to go. Cause it only felt like, 20 24 hours a go. Gabba Gabba Hey! ( R.I.P, Joey, Johnny, and Dee Dee )

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