After having a pretty awful day at work today, I caught 20 minutes at the end of the day (all you need really for a Ramones album) and I played this album as loud as my ears could take. It was the best tonic ever, I left the office with a renewed sense of purpose.
Along with Jimi Hendrix and Bill Hicks, The Ramones were a much bigger deal in the UK than in their own country and this live album, recorded at the Roundhouse in London, proves it. They could barely get a gig outside of New York in the US. In the UK they were hailed as conquering heroes of the punk scene, now they are a tee-shirt.
Something to do next time you are out and about in your hometown; When you see a stroppy teenager with a Ramones tee-shirt on, immediately go over and quiz them on UK v US chart placements of the first 5 singles, using only the official BBC chart of course.
Best lyrical moment; 1, 2, 3, 4
Micro review; Still one of the best live albums not recorded at the Budokan
The music in my head, sometimes, far exceeds the reality of what was actually recorded. I remember hearing Sigue Sigue Sputnick’s Love Missile F1-11 for the first time and turning to my friend and saying, Is that it! Obviously the song in my head was much better, maybe I should have sold it to Tony James. However, the same can’t be said of the Ramones, I never even came close to imagining what they were like before I heard them. I remembered seeing the cover to Road to Ruin before hearing them. If anything, the song in my head was that of a more technically proficient Ramones tribute act (never a good thing).
My midlife crisis shows no signs of abating, last month, for my birthday I received not 1, not 2, not 3 but 7 band/music related t-shirts (I know, I know) including a new Ramones t-shirt. As there was nobody in the house tonight, I put this album on and started dancing around the living room, for a middle-aged, overweight pogofest. I got up to Judy is a Punk (3rd track), before I had to lie down. Who said Punks not dead?
Hidden gem; Today Your Love, Tomorrow the World (50s music on heroin)