“Road To Ruin” by Ramones - album review

TJR says

The fourth Ramones already? They didn’t hang about in any way whatsoever, that’s for sure. “Road To Ruin” isn’t as strong as the preceding three, but that’s a relative complaint, for there is much to love and cherish within. There had been a personnel change since “Rocket To Russia”, with Tommy deciding to give up the drumsticks, citing stress at the relentless touring and frustration at the lack of commercial success. His new role was to sit in the producers’ chair, and his place in the band was taken by Marky Ramone. Just how many brothers did Johnny have? As good and solid as it is, there are none of the stone-classics that we’ve come to expect from the Ramones on side 1, but side 2 makes up for it some. Reflecting further on the stress that they were under at this time, there was a great quote attributed to Joey, made after a show in London, when he told manager Linda Stein: “Put me in a wheelchair and get me on a plane before I go insane.” Knowing this, a whole new light is shone upon the ever-mighty “I Wanna Be Sedated” which opens up side 2. It’s the quintessential Ramones song is it not? There’s a fantastic step away from the pop-punk template with the country-fused pop of “Questioningly”, fuelled with the classic themes of that genre; namely failing relationships and heartbreak. As if apologising to the hardcore brigade, “Bad Brain” reminds that they can thrash it hard and fast with the best of ‘em. I find this mixing-up very welcome, they should do more of it. Alas, the pop concessions did them no favours as Tommy relates: “Road to Ruin was a flop Stateside, even though it had been a very deliberate attempt to secure American radioplay.” What terrible taste the general public has…

The Jukebox Rebel
16-Apr-2016

A1 [02:42] 7.5.png Ramones - I Just Want To Have Something To Do (John William Cummings, Jeffrey Hyman, Douglas Colvin, Marc Bell) Punk
A2 [03:18] 6.8.png Ramones - I Wanted Everything (John William Cummings, Jeffrey Hyman, Douglas Colvin, Marc Bell) Punk
A3 [02:44] 6.8.png Ramones - Don’t Come Close (John William Cummings, Jeffrey Hyman, Douglas Colvin, Marc Bell) New Wave
A4 [02:26] 7.3.png Ramones - I Don’t Want You (John William Cummings, Jeffrey Hyman, Douglas Colvin, Marc Bell) Punk
A5 [02:21] 6.9.png Ramones - Needles And Pins (Sonny Bono, Jack Nitzsche) Pop
A6 [02:07] 7.0.png Ramones - I’m Against It (John William Cummings, Jeffrey Hyman, Douglas Colvin, Marc Bell) Punk
B1 [02:29] 10.0.png Ramones - I Wanna Be Sedated (John William Cummings, Jeffrey Hyman, Douglas Colvin, Marc Bell) Punk
B2 [02:42] 7.7.png Ramones - Go Mental (John William Cummings, Jeffrey Hyman, Douglas Colvin, Marc Bell) Punk
B3 [03:22] 8.0.png Ramones - Questioningly (John William Cummings, Jeffrey Hyman, Douglas Colvin, Marc Bell) Pop
B4 [02:13] 7.6.png Ramones - She’s The One (John William Cummings, Jeffrey Hyman, Douglas Colvin, Marc Bell) Punk
B5 [02:25] 7.8.png Ramones - Bad Brain (John William Cummings, Jeffrey Hyman, Douglas Colvin, Marc Bell) Punk
B6 [02:20] 7.3.png Ramones - It’s A Long Way Back To Germany (John William Cummings, Jeffrey Hyman, Douglas Colvin, Erdélyi Tamás) Punk




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