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Album Review

In the wake of the sad passing of Joey Ramone, Don't Worry About Me is the first posthumous release to come from his estate. Consisting of pop-punk anthems along the lines of '60s garage rock and very early punk, Don't Worry About Me is a sad reminder of how good Ramone really was. With a brilliant ear for melody, a songwriting skill based in simplicity, and the most unpretentious lyrics this side of Chubby Checker, Ramone didn't care about making groundbreaking music when he had mastered the art of pop-punk to a degree most of his disciples will never understand. "What a Wonderful World" and "1969" are excellent covers that do their source material justice, although Louis Armstrong probably never expected his torch song to be rocked out à la Sid Vicious' "My Way." But the two best tracks are "Searching for Something," his Beatlesque tribute to a girl, and "Mr. Punchy," a gorgeous pop song that features a guest appearance from the Damned's Captain Sensible. The anti-cancer anthem "I Got Knocked Down (But I'll Get Up)" is a heartbreaking stance on his condition that is pure punk rock all the way ("I want my life/I want my life/It really sucks/It really sucks") that only goes to show how even toward the end, he refused to give into sentimentality. Nothing new to see here, and that's a good thing, as Ramone's trademark whine never sounded so sincere as it did in his last studio recordings.

Customer Reviews

Great record

Any Ramones fan will appreciate this Joey Ramone record that for the most part sounds similar to the ramones music. Released just a year after his death "don't worry about me" is almost like Joey saying fair well to us as he left us too early, sadly. Can't believe I'm the only one to write a review. Also, great cover of "what a wonderful world" with a ramones twist.


Now your not the only one. The ramones opened the door to punk music for me. Listening to Joey takes me back. Great album! Rip brother.


Born: May 19, 1951 in Forest Hills, NY

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Joey Ramone's signature bleat was the voice of punk rock in America. Sporting a leather jacket and torn jeans (like his bandmates) and hiding his face behind a pair of sunglasses and a thick shock of dark hair, the lanky Ramone helped define punk's early image as well, and...
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Don't Worry About Me, Joey Ramone
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Alternative, Punk
  • Released: Feb 19, 2002

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