13 Songs, 37 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Latter-day Ramones albums are often looked down upon in comparison to their first three or four releases, which wrote the manual on punk rock. But The Ramones had put together such a foolproof formula that even when they weren't operating at full power—in this case, without original bassist and chief songwriter Dee Dee Ramone—they were still capable of highlights that other bands dreamt about. Dee Dee contributed from the bench, and his “Poison Heart” (cowritten with veteran producer Daniel Rey) is as great as anything the band ever cut. (Ed Stasium produced this set.) The cover of The Doors' “Take It As It Comes” led to the group’s decision to release an album of ‘60s covers (Acid Eaters). Joey Ramone handled much of the writing, and while “Censors**t” dealt with politicians’ wives who demanded warning labels on albums (now standard procedure), songs like “Cabbies on Crack” and “Heidi Is a Headcase” reach back to The Ramones' core silliness, which made them an ampful of fresh guitar in the first place.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Latter-day Ramones albums are often looked down upon in comparison to their first three or four releases, which wrote the manual on punk rock. But The Ramones had put together such a foolproof formula that even when they weren't operating at full power—in this case, without original bassist and chief songwriter Dee Dee Ramone—they were still capable of highlights that other bands dreamt about. Dee Dee contributed from the bench, and his “Poison Heart” (cowritten with veteran producer Daniel Rey) is as great as anything the band ever cut. (Ed Stasium produced this set.) The cover of The Doors' “Take It As It Comes” led to the group’s decision to release an album of ‘60s covers (Acid Eaters). Joey Ramone handled much of the writing, and while “Censors**t” dealt with politicians’ wives who demanded warning labels on albums (now standard procedure), songs like “Cabbies on Crack” and “Heidi Is a Headcase” reach back to The Ramones' core silliness, which made them an ampful of fresh guitar in the first place.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
19 Ratings
19 Ratings
DANOWAR ,

EXCELLENT

an excellent album from one of the few REAL punk bands

BLINK 182 IS NOT PUNK

RAMONES SEX PISTOLS THE CLASH ARE!!!!!!

planetjh ,

Mondo Bizzaro

One of the unheard jems from the Ramones. The songs main man and Strength to endure are my personal highlights. A disc for the true Ramones fan.

HxE_Eddie ,

An Underrated Classic!

The widely accepted narrative of the Ramones' career is that they put out four classic albums in the late '70s, and then treaded water for the duration of their career. It ain't so. The Ramones' albums vary in quality from great to not-so-great, and Mondo Bizarro, one of their last studio albums, is definetly on the great side of the spectrum.

Stand-out tracks include "Poison Heart," "Strength To Endure," and "Main Man," but the entire album is worth getting. Even at the twilight of their career, the Ramones still managed to knock one out of the park with this album. Get it!

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