Thursday, February 11, 2010

The Ramones - Rocket To Russia (1977) (320)

Seeing Dee Dee's handwritten lyrics at the Ramones Museum in Berlin recently solidified my love for this band - he wrote in fat black sharpie, and every other word is comically misspelled. What's not to love about these guys? They bang out three chord rock n' roll, each song averaging a little over two minutes in length. The Ramones might be the best at replacing lyrics with simple, repetitive chants, mainly the names of the songs (only Project Pat could compete in this category). Rocket To Russia boasts some great surf band covers with the Beach Boys' "Do You Wanna Dance?" and The Trashmen's "Surfin' Bird" (in my opinion, one of the greatest obnoxious songs of all time), not to mention Dee Dee's own "Rockaway Beach". Every song on Rocket To Russia has the potential to be stuck in your head for indefinite amounts of time.


1. Cretin Hop
2. Rockaway Beach
3. Here Today, Gone Tomorrow
4. Locket Love
5. I Don't Care
6. Sheena Is A Punk Rocker
7. We're A Happy Family
8. Teenage Lobotomy
9. Do You Wanna Dance?
10. I Wanna Be Well
11. I Can't Give You Anything
12. Ramona
13. Surfin' Bird
14. Why Is It Always This Way?
15. Needles & Pins [Early Version]
16. Slug [Demo]
17. It's A Long Way Back To Germany [UK B-Side]
18. I Don't Care [Single Version]
19. Sheena Is A Punk Rocker [Single Version]


1 comment:

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