19 Songs, 53 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

After the challenging sessions with legendary record producer Phil Spector for 1980’s End of the Century, the Ramones hit the studio with 10 C.C. multi-instrumentalist Graham Gouldman who gently emphasized the group’s pop appeal while himself keeping a low profile. The punk era itself had radically changed; underground punk was turning angrier towards the harder, faster rules of hardcore, while those looking to connect to the mainstream aligned with “New Wave” and cleaner, tighter productions. The Ramones soldiered on with another strong set of songs that recalled the compactness of ‘60s AM radio pop of strong melodies and harmonies with the simplicity and force of their earliest punk days. “We Want the Airwaves” was singer Joey Ramone’s literal call for the always-denied radio domination, which he further backed up with the irresistibly catchy “It’s Not My Place (in the 9 to 5 World),” “She’s A Sensation” and “7-11.” Bassist Dee Dee Ramone added the more Ramones-esque, “You Sound Like You’re Sick” and “Sitting In My Room.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

After the challenging sessions with legendary record producer Phil Spector for 1980’s End of the Century, the Ramones hit the studio with 10 C.C. multi-instrumentalist Graham Gouldman who gently emphasized the group’s pop appeal while himself keeping a low profile. The punk era itself had radically changed; underground punk was turning angrier towards the harder, faster rules of hardcore, while those looking to connect to the mainstream aligned with “New Wave” and cleaner, tighter productions. The Ramones soldiered on with another strong set of songs that recalled the compactness of ‘60s AM radio pop of strong melodies and harmonies with the simplicity and force of their earliest punk days. “We Want the Airwaves” was singer Joey Ramone’s literal call for the always-denied radio domination, which he further backed up with the irresistibly catchy “It’s Not My Place (in the 9 to 5 World),” “She’s A Sensation” and “7-11.” Bassist Dee Dee Ramone added the more Ramones-esque, “You Sound Like You’re Sick” and “Sitting In My Room.”

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
37 Ratings
37 Ratings
*MAK* ,

Breakthrough

The best Ramones album ever made and in my mind, the best album ever made. Nothing hits the spot better than "It's not my place". From top to bottom this album flat out rocks, the way they change beats in the songs is genius. The Ramones smoothed out punk to perfection here.

tmssteve ,

A Gateway Album

This album was the perfect combination of the Ramones' comic edge and punk energy, with just enough production polish to grab my attention and make me a genuine Ramones fan. I backtracked from here. "We Want the Airwaves" is a marvelous single. Sadly, radio was just entering the banal phase it's been stuck in ever since, so (as usual) the Ramones were overlooked. This LP will have you alternately laughing and/or humming along. While the musicianship is typical of punk efforts, it's the good natured silliness and fun that will win you over. I have purchased more than a thousand albums in my lifetime. If I had to cut the collection down to 50, this album would make the cut. Great stuff!

sexy pistol ,

classic

even though the band wasn't to happy this album is an instant classic for "the kkk took my baby away" for both fans and non fans to enjoy.I think this was a very good album for the time period that they were in of course its not as energetic as their earlier albums but it still holds a special place in true fans of the band.

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