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  • Audio CD (May 18, 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sire / London/Rhino
  • ASIN: B000002LHT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #292,095 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I Believe In Miracles
2. Zero Zero UFO
3. Don't Bust My Chops
4. Punishment Fits The Crime
5. All Screwed Up
6. Palisades Park
7. Pet Sematary
8. Learn To Listen
9. Can't Get You Outta My Mind
10. Ignorance Is Bliss
11. Come Back, Baby
12. Merry Christmas (I Don't Want To Fight Tonight)

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This is by far the heaviest Ramones album.
Brian J. Demascio
There are good songs here, but only two true Ramones "classics" ("I Believe in Miracles" and "Pet Sematary").
Johnny Heering
It has great songs like "I Believe In Miricles" which was a good opener for the album.
Alex

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Johnny Heering on October 8, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This album marked the return of Marky Ramone to the Ramones. It also was Dee Dee Ramone's last album with the group. And their last studio album for Sire Records. The album is pretty good, overall. It can't measure up to their earlier albums, but how could it? There are good songs here, but only two true Ramones "classics" ("I Believe in Miracles" and "Pet Sematary"). Although the Christmas song is a near classic. Ramones fans should enjoy this album.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mark Edward Manning on January 27, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Just as the Ramones faced a crisis in 1979, wondering where they should allow musical direction to drift in the early '80s post-punk confusion, they also faced a similar crisis ten years later. The band was looking for another new direction. The Ramones struggled to keep their fan base all decade long, shining momemtarily on "Too Tough to Die" and "Animal Boy," but otherwise came up lackluster. The two really good albums from the '80s, "Pleasant Dreams" and "Subterranean Jungle," were panned by critics and ignored by fans. Now, come 1989, they were tired, were about to lose their long-time bassist, and looking to make a bold statement.
That statement came in the form of the extremely hard-hitting "Brain Drain." The Ramones re-invented their sound in a fitting way for the explosion of nu metal, grunge and retro punk that would define the '90s, and brought them into that decade looking and sounding relevant.
"Brain Drain" does not follow the Ramones' punk formula. The album is mostly goth rock and proto-heavy metal. But it works. The production is as heavy as it gets, but is also necessary. The songs wouldn't work if not for the bone-crunching sound that master chops man Bill Laswell provides. In short, "Brain Drain" is a seriously loud album, but enjoyable.
I could do without "Palisades Park," which is just downright silly and doesn't fit well into the album, but the other songs jive with their new direction in style and sound. Excepting the obvious "Pet Sematary," the best songs are "I Believe in Miracles," "Zero Zero U.F.O.," "Don't Bust My Chops," "Learn to Listen," and "Can't Get You Outta My Mind."
Considering this was Dee Dee's swan song with the Ramones (before returning years later stricly in the role of songwriter), you'd think that he'd have more lead vocal duties.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Brian J. Demascio on December 28, 2004
Format: Audio CD
The guy who produced this album also produces Motorhead's classic "Orgasmatron", and man, can you here it! This is by far the heaviest Ramones album. From the bump-and-run of "I Believe in Miracles", to the churning grind of "Don't Bust My Chops", to the almost thrash/metal "Zero Zero UFO", this album just rocks. It also has a "classic" style Ramones song (the video was "dedicated to the fans") called "Merry Christams (I don't want to Fight Tonight)".

If you feel like you must get an album after "Too Tough To Die", then get this little ditty...you'll be glad you did!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 27, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Although the production is kinda bad, the songs aren't.
There are a lot of great songs on this one, of course "I believe in Miracles" and "Pet Sematary" are 2 of the greatest Ramones songs and its worth it just for those.
Other songs like Zero Zero UFO, Punishment Fits the Crime, Palisades Park, Ignorance is Bliss, Merry Christmas, Come back,
and one of my all time favorite Ramones songs "Can't get you outta my mind", make this CD very much worth buying.
The Production is kinda muddy but the songs make up for it.
not the best Ramones album, but a very good album none the less.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 6, 2000
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This was a terrific album by the Ramones that featured one of their best songs ever ('Pet Semetary') and several other very good songs (the heavy 'I Believe in Miracles', the comical 'Merry Christmas (I Don't Want to Fight Tonight)', and an excellent cover of 'Palisades Park'. The remaining tracks are all decent (Even Joey's latest attempt at a Spector-esque ballad 'Come Back Baby' -- is top-notch). This was Dee-Dee's last album as bass player. Surprisingly, the change marked a vast improvement over the previous album (the dreadful 'Halfway To Sanity') and the subsequent hiring of C-Jay kept the band interesting through much of the 90s.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By wally gator on October 29, 2007
Format: Audio CD
BRAIN DRAIN (1989) oughtta be considered a Ramones classic. I hate when people talk about a great rock album and say things like "The only good song is PET SEMETARY." It's simply not true with this album. I BELIEVE IN MIRACLES is both one of the best Ramones songs ever, and also on my list of top ten rock songs of the eighties.

Also, this album has more great songs- song for song- than any albums from the eighties. It rocks out like Road To Ruin. And is far better than any albums they recorded afterwards. It's different than the seventies albums , sure,.. but the band synched perfectly, and created a stellar rock album. ZERO ZERO...rocks, DONT BUST MY CHOPS... awesome, dig the hook, bay-bee; PUNISHMENT FITS and ALL SCREWED UP to me sound just as good as any seventies stuff, only with a little eighties production. But we're talking Red Hot Chilli Peppers eighties, not Journey. Whatever, it still sounds fresh and it sounds like Ramones. The song from that Stephen King movie is probably the most un-Ramones-like song in the mix, but it's still good. Followed by PALISADES PARK... another cool take on some fifties bubble gum that rocks. The rest of the album balances left to right with Dee Dee's aggresive LEARN TO LISTEN and IGNORANCE IS BLISS, sandwiched between Joey Ramone ballads CANT GET YOU OUTTA MY MIND and COME BACK BABY... two songs that foreshadow some of the great tunes that Joey Ramone would do on his own. The Christmas one is good too. All three would be on any Joey Ramone greatest hits package. Should one ever be released. Every song is great. This may be my FAVORITE Ramones album of all. So stop bustin' chops.

*The remaster series doesn't add much, except an alternate version of Pets, but I've often found it much cheaper at other places. You can save money here at Amazon, by just getting the straight version.
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