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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.

Customer Reviews

Majorly overlooked

no one ever gives this record a chance since its not like most of there other albums, but if they would just take the time to listen to some of the tracks they would find that the ramones are just as good at this "style" as there are on any of there previous records. Ive bought more songs off this record than any other record of there's. (the only songs i would "not" recomend buying are "cant get you out of my mind" and "come back baby" witch still arnt the worst songs)

Good Stuff

This is a quite excellent album.Johnny actually gets a chance to show off, especially on "i Believe In Miracles",which is a great song,even though most of the rest of the lyrics are a little dark cmpared to other Ramones albums. Good stuff.


Like previously stated an overlooked release, but this is a solid album. Not a bad song on it and it has a good pace. Also worth mentioning, this is the last album that Dee Dee played on, although he continued to write songs on later released albums. If you are a Ramones fan, you won't be disapointed, you will probably be pleasantly suprised.


Formed: 1974 in Queens, New York, NY

Genre: Punk

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s

The Ramones were the first punk rock band. Other bands, such as the Stooges and the New York Dolls, came before them and set the stage and aesthetic for punk, and bands that immediately followed, such as the Sex Pistols, made the latent violence of the music more explicit, but the Ramones crystallized the musical ideals of the genre. By cutting rock & roll down to its bare essentials -- four chords; a simple, catchy melody; and irresistibly inane lyrics -- and speeding up the tempo considerably,...
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