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The Ramones’ fourth album modifies the group’s attack. While guitar solos and acoustic guitars could be heard (sparingly) on Rocket to Russia, the band’s previous album, Road to Ruin made these advancements more pronounced. “Don’t Come Close” and “Questioningly” are full-on acoustic ballads, touching and tender, while the album’s opener, “I Just Want To Have Something To Do” builds its tension with a second guitar that solos and hangs its feedback in dramatic shadow. The band’s raw early days are over. (Marky Ramone takes over the drum seat from Tommy, who remains behind the soundboard.) However, their obsessions with mental illness (“I Wanna Be Sedated,” “Go Mental,” “Bad Brain”), idle, self-serving youth (“I Wanted Everything,” “I’m Against It”), twisted love songs (“I Don’t Want You”) and ‘60s pop covers (the Searchers hit “Needles and Pins”) keep the material consistently powerful and moving. The expanded edition includes several songs that appeared in their film Rock n’ Roll High School, a live performance that shows they hadn’t lost a step, and two demos for songs that never made it to a finished record that are exciting curios from a band still in their prime.

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Old School Punk!!!!

This album melted my turntable for years. No B.S., just pure raw energy...Dee Dee, Joey, Johnny.....R.I.P.

Awesome Album!

This is one of the best albums in Rock history, and I'm not just saying that! Buy it, or else bad things will happen in your future (tm).


This song makes me jump I wanna bE SEDATED 24


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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