You know how I feel about the Ramones. Right?
I thought to myself why don’t I try and write this review just by recycling the hyperbole from my other Ramones reviews?” What with us being here at the end of the universe and time being of the essence. And here we are.
First time I posted Havana Affair I posted the Red Hot Chili Peppers cover version of it. back then I said
I’ll sneak Ramones songs on this site any which way I can, so this one probably comes as no surprise. Havana Affair appeared on The Ramones world changing debut album. It’s as classic a piece of punk rock history as you’ll ever find.
Then when I was talking about Bonzo Goes To Bitburg I spewed fourth
Famously the band sold more T-Shirts than records while they were alive. I should imagine that gap has only increased further since the final show (brilliantly captured on the live album We’re Outta Here) in 1996. Do yourself a favour. Buy Ramones records instead of their apparel. It’s all so damned good.
I stand by all of this of course. I get defensive about them when talking about R.A.M.O.N.E.S
LIARS! You all thought the Ramones made the same record over and over again until they were gone. Only after they left did you review the situation and conclude that was a strength not a weakness.
And I caught myself trippin’ when I did a number on Poison Heart.
I do this every time I post a Ramones song. They should have been the biggest band in the world, they were after all the best. Instead they struggled for decades until the Metalheads, Motorheads, Grungers, Pearl Jammers and the 90’s alternative scene held them up as elder statesmen of so much that had gone before.
I’ve had lots more to say about them all over this site. There was even a hidden code to tell you when a Ramones Review was imminent. Nobody ever spotted it. Look at The four posts before from March 1st to March 5th to crack the codex. On that occasion the tracks were by (Frank Sinatra, Goo Goo Dolls, The Cure, Page & Plant)
Bottom line. I love this band. Last week on Earth. 1-2-3-4!