12 Songs, 35 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

By 1989, The Ramones were in an awkward position. They were punk icons living in the age of hardcore and thrash. Their live shows often featured the band playing harder and faster than necessary, while their albums tried to include hit singles by gently balancing their basic punk attack with their pop instincts. No fewer than three producers—Jean Beauvoir, Bill Laswell, and Daniel Rey—are credited here, and Rey went so far as to cowrite with Dee Dee Ramone on some of the album’s best tracks, including “I Believe in Miracles” and “Pet Sematary.” Joey Ramone held his own, with “Come Back, Baby” and “Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want to Fight Tonight)” among his contributions. A cover of the 1962 Freddy Cannon hit “Palisades Park” had the right idea. Dee Dee later claimed he didn’t play on the album, which destroyed the notion that the album was the last to feature Joey, Johnny, Dee Dee, and Marky, who'd returned to the drum chair for the first time since Subterranean Jungle.

EDITORS’ NOTES

By 1989, The Ramones were in an awkward position. They were punk icons living in the age of hardcore and thrash. Their live shows often featured the band playing harder and faster than necessary, while their albums tried to include hit singles by gently balancing their basic punk attack with their pop instincts. No fewer than three producers—Jean Beauvoir, Bill Laswell, and Daniel Rey—are credited here, and Rey went so far as to cowrite with Dee Dee Ramone on some of the album’s best tracks, including “I Believe in Miracles” and “Pet Sematary.” Joey Ramone held his own, with “Come Back, Baby” and “Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want to Fight Tonight)” among his contributions. A cover of the 1962 Freddy Cannon hit “Palisades Park” had the right idea. Dee Dee later claimed he didn’t play on the album, which destroyed the notion that the album was the last to feature Joey, Johnny, Dee Dee, and Marky, who'd returned to the drum chair for the first time since Subterranean Jungle.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
25 Ratings
25 Ratings
Lungbutterspew ,

One of their later gems... Overlooked.

A lot of people gravitate to the early Ramones, but they matured nicely with this album as it has a lot of great songs. Too bad it has that 80's gated snare drum sound (maybe that's why people skip it), but those were the times then. Joey just kills it on this one; his best singing here. I wish they would remaster this.

sunnyboy9595 ,

Really harcore

This album is really hard rock style awsomeness. Highlights are: I believe in miracles, zero zero ufo, palisades park, pet sematary, ignorance is bliss.... great album pretty much all the songs are great, those r just the best ones. i just recommend u buy the whole thing, u really wont regret it!

CreachaFeacha ,

When I Was 12

This was the first Ramones album I purchased, after seeing the video for Pet Semetary. I didn't know who the Ramones were at the time. In the late 80's, the Ramones had somewhat temporarily disappeared from mainstream consciousness. I got the first album next, and my life was changed. Hello, punk rock. Goodbye, hair rock. And I've loved loved loved the Ramones ever since. During the 90's, with the rise of grunge and what have you, the Ramones re-entered the public consciousness, taking their rightful throne at the court of rock n' roll. What would be do without 'em? I miss 'em!

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