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Reuniting with original producer Tommy Erdelyi and adding new drummer Richie Ramone, the Ramones approached Too Tough to Die with a strongly defined sense of purpose. Their once minimalist approach and strict, quick, short tunes were abandoned in favor of greater variety. Dee Dee and Johnny Ramone sported their hardcore-punk-influenced side with the speedily charged “Wart Hog” and “Endless Vacation” (which also featured Dee Dee on vocals), while the group also worked up fully fleshed-out compositions that broke the four-minute mark. Their pop instincts are in full force as “Chasing the Night,” “Daytime Dilemma (Dangers of Love)” and the Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart-produced “Howling At the Moon (Sha-La-La)” illustrate. “I’m Not Afraid of Life” ticks with a Hitchcockian sense of foreboding, while the title track, “Planet Earth 1988” and “Human Kind” address mortality and current events with serious implications. “Durango 95” is the band’s one and only instrumental. The expanded edition includes a compelling collection of extras, including a cover of the Rolling Stones’ “Street Fighting Man” and additional tracks featuring Dee Dee on vocals.

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Truly underappreciated.

A truly great album. The guiatr riffs are fat and short,the speed is back u,and the band is back to doing what they do best-Churning out real punk rock. Awesome stuff.

the last truly great ramones album

while not quite approaching the former glory of their first three records, too tough to die comes pretty close to hitting the mark, mainly due to their reunion with former drummer, tommy erdelyi (tommy ramone), as producer. almost every track on this album is crushing, played with such speed and intensity that the record holds its own against many of the younger, hardcore punk bands from that era like black flag or minor threat. one listen to the song, "endless vacation", will cement that for you. the band had achieved a bolder social consciousness by this point, and it shows on this record ("wart hog", "planet earth 1988"). the one song that disappoints is "howling at the moon (sha-la-la)". when the band decided to make a bare-bones, hardcore record, the label agreed only if they let dave stewart of the eurythmics produce one song, so that they would have a single to market. the robin-hood themed "howling at the moon" was the result. while not a *bad* song, the production is naturally very poppy, and has a very dated, early 80's sound and feel, while most other songs on a record have a timeless rock 'n' roll sound that feel like they could have easily been recorded in the 50's, 70's, or even today. key tracks: "durango 95", "wart hog", "endless vacation"

Like the title says, the Ramones were "Too Tough To Die"!

The times seemingly had changed. For trailblazers like the Ramones staying creatively faithful and still relevant was tricky (if not impossible). Touching on big picture themes on "Planet Earth 1988", Joey put things in perspective the way Ramones do - simply. Dee Dee's growling of his personal demons on "Wart Hog" is powerful. Overall, a tight classic Ramones album.


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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