“End Of The Century” by Ramones - album review

TJR says

This is Rock n Roll radio, c’mon let’s Rock n Roll with the Ramones.” If ever an album was perfectly introduced, this was it. Nostalgic, full of pop hooks and super-cool all the way, “End Of The Century” is a sheer classic in their catalogue – although the group didn’t see it that way! The general consensus from within their ranks seemed to be that Phil Spector’s perfectionism and overbearing nature was at odds with their bash-em-out, raunchy, in-yer-face style of Pop Punk. As a Ramones-low, “Baby I Love You” didn’t even feature any of them playing (old Phil Spector girl-group tricks come back to mind), with only Joey’s vocals giving listeners a sense of the group. Despite this unfortunate fact, the finished rendition stands as an all-time classic in my book. Anyone who loved Spector’s work in 63-64 as well as the Ramones to date would surely have to agree? Not Johnny. Said he: “End of the Century was just watered-down Ramones. It's not real Ramones. ‘Baby, I Love You’—I didn't play on that at all. What am I gonna do—play along with an orchestra? There's no point. End of the Century was trying to get a hit on each song, instead of trying to get a hit on one or two of the songs on the album and trying to make the rest as raunchy as you can. They ain't gonna play the other ten songs, anyway.” Whinge whinge. More fool him for losing control of his group. Despite their post-release mardiness, this set is full of classics. On side one, “Do You Remember Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio?”, “Danny Says” and “Chinese Rock” are all top-drawer, with the former two positively revelling in being 20 years out-of-time, and the latter standing as one of the mightiest Punk snarlers in their catalogue, bolstered by some great drumming from Marky. Side two pretty much follows the same formula; good-time soda-bar rock-n-roll with an edge, exemplified on “I Can’t Make It On Time” and “Rock ‘n’ Roll High School”. Spector delivered, what more the Ramones expected of him baffles me to this day. Never trust a band to review their own records.

The Jukebox Rebel
02-Sep-2006

A1 [03:51] 9.8.png Ramones - Do You Remember Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio? (John William Cummings, Jeffrey Hyman, Douglas Colvin) Pop
A2 [02:52] 7.9.png Ramones - I’m Affected (John William Cummings, Jeffrey Hyman, Douglas Colvin) New Wave
A3 [03:08] 9.0.png Ramones - Danny Says (John William Cummings, Douglas Colvin) Pop
A4 [02:30] 10.0.png Ramones - Chinese Rock (Douglas Colvin, Richard Meyers) Punk
A5 [03:14] 8.8.png Ramones - The Return Of Jackie And Judy (John William Cummings, Jeffrey Hyman, Douglas Colvin) Punk
A6 [02:33] 7.9.png Ramones - Let’s Go (John William Cummings, Jeffrey Hyman, Douglas Colvin) Punk
B1 [03:49] 9.7.png Ramones - Baby, I Love You (Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich, Phil Spector) Pop
B2 [02:33] 9.0.png Ramones - I Can’t Make It On Time (John William Cummings, Jeffrey Hyman, Douglas Colvin) Punk
B3 [02:18] 7.8.png Ramones - This Aint Havana (John William Cummings, Jeffrey Hyman, Douglas Colvin) Punk
B4 [02:40] 9.8.png Ramones - Rock ‘n’ Roll High School (John William Cummings, Jeffrey Hyman, Douglas Colvin) Punk
B5 [02:30] 7.3.png Ramones - All The Way (John William Cummings, Jeffrey Hyman, Douglas Colvin) Punk
B6 [02:08] 8.4.png Ramones - High Risk Insurance (John William Cummings, Jeffrey Hyman, Douglas Colvin) Punk




care-to-share.png

if-so-thanks.png