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Don't Worry About Me

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Joey Ramone had a voice to launch a revolution, and that's what he did back in 1974 with his leather-wearing "brothers" and their three-chord blasts of punk sputum that glorified pre-Beatles rock filtered through their New York brand of irony. But Ramone was so much more than a nasal Queens kid who worshipped Brian Wilson and sniffed glue. While he may have lamented, "I Don't Want To Go Down To the Basement," or proclaimed that "Sheena Was a Punk Rocker," Ramone actually listened to much sterner stuff than the Ramones songbook would lead you to believe, worshipping at the altar of some darker gods than Phil Spector and Paul McCartney. On his first and only solo album, "Don't Worry About Me," the listener can witness Ramone's incredible range of talent and taste, as he runs the gamut from garage rock to goth to hard rock and back, stretching far beyond the three minutes per song he restricted himself to in the Ramones. Resurrecting Louis Armstrong's sappy "What a Wonderful World," Ramone--who died of lymphoma in 2001 at the age of 49--revved it up to Buddy Holly speed, tied a rockabilly string tie on it, and made it reek with a sincerity that Satchmo missed with his torpid delivery. Ramone lingered in the way-back machine a little longer, matching Iggy Pop sneer for sneer in his almost-perfect rendition of the Stooges' classic "1969," making the song his own, before moving on to showcase his own prodigious songwriting talents. "Mr. Punchy" is a silly rave-up that would have felt right at home on the Who's Sell Out (complete with comic asides supplied by Brit chanteuse Helen Love and the Damned's Captain Sensible), while "Like a Drug I Never Took" has a dangerous edge and a playful seditiousness that Ramone rarely displayed in his work with his band. "Venting" occupies the same defiant territory that the MC5 and the Doors felt comfortable in, but the standout track is unequivocally "I Got Knocked Down (But I'll Get Up)." You can hear the steely resolve in his voice as he intones: "See me in a hospital bed / See me in a hospital / I, I want life / I want life / I want my life," showing everyone that Joey Ramone never had any intention of leaving us. At least not that soon. --Jaan Uhelszki

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. What a Wonderful World
  2. Stop Thinking About It
  3. Mr. Punchy
  4. Maria Bartiromo
  5. Spirit in My House
  6. Venting
  7. Like a Drug I Never Did Before
  8. Searching for Something
  9. I Got Knocked Down (But I'll Get Up)
  10. 1969
  11. Don't Worry About Me


Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 19, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sanctuary Records
  • Run Time: 34 minutes
  • ASIN: B00005V62X
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,855 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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In a sunny day , here in Argentina, i was in my work and a friend tell is me: Hey, man, you read the notice? I said: no, what happened? He said: Joey Ramone is dead. My mind is turn black and I can't stop to think about all the moment's. Moment's magyc's with ramones music. That day I think: It's over, dream it's over. From that day to now, I'll be lost, that's was a lobotomy for me.
Now, I wake up and can feel that's magyc again. Why? Because Joey is back!!!!
Here I can't get the cd, but I download all songs and hear it.
It's the most wonderfull cd that I hear in a lot of time!!! a lot!!! Imagine this: 11 songs like life is gas, I Love you, all screew up and much more!!
Joey is not back...but he will be in my heart for ever!!!
Salvador Ramone
PD: Sorry about my English!!!
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"Don't Worry About Me"; a fitting title for Joey Ramone's last recording shows the Ramones frontman never forgot his roots. Beginning with a rocking cover of "What a Wonderful World" to a cover of Iggy & The Stooges' "1969" which would make Iggy stand up and salute. Other standout tracks include the vitrolic "Like a Drug I Never Did Before" to the almost anthemic and fitting "I Get Knocked Down (But I'll Get Up)", and the album closer "Don't Worry About Me" will bring a tear or two to the eye of any long time Ramones fan while no doubt making them smile as well. Joey died of lymphoma in 2001 before Sanctuary released "Don't Worry About Me", and the true highlight of the album is that even when Joey knew his time was coming, he faced it with his unadulturated punk rocker attitude that he was so reknowned for. All in all, this is a must have for any and every Ramones fan; and it is a fitting and touching final chapter in the life and career of one of punk rock's most gifted and beloved performers.
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It's no secret to anybody that knows me that I have been a die-hard Ramones fan ever since I can remember. However, I have always tried to assimilate and review records with as much objectivity as possible, regardless of my own personal bias. In the interest of fairness, I was just as ready to lament Joey Ramones's posthumous solo disc as I was to praise it. Luckily, that won't be necessary, because "Don't Worry About Me" is a great collection of songs that simultaneously makes you want to rock out while touching a deeper nerve. The tunes here range from humorous ("Mr. Punchy") to bittersweet ("I Get Knocked Down"), all the while maintaining all of the elements that defined the music of the Ramones. My favorite cuts here are the inspired (and inspiring) take on "What A Wonderful World", the gorgeous "Searching For Something" and stellar title tune that closes the album. There's no doubt that for many of us Ramones fans this disc can be a tough listen, but once you're done getting misty-eyed you'll be ready to crank this one up and rock out to it over and over again. After all, that's what Joey would have done.
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I really like this CD. I gotta say upfront that 'Mr. Punchy' is an amazing tribute to The Who. The guitar, drums and vocal phrasing all scream Daltry! Townshend! Entwhistle! and even MOON! at you. 'Mr. Punchy' Rocks.
Not a bad track here. I like them all. Joey's 'Wonderful World' is sweet. 'Maria Bartilomo' is cute...he's like a boy with a schoolyard crush on the teacher (Joey was a heavy stock market guy hence his obsession with the MSNBC babe).
This is not a mean spirited disc. This CD sounds like the Ramones (vocally), but this isn't a Ramones disc.
It's Joey Ramone's gift to us before he left our world.
Come visit his (wonderful) world while listening to this CD.
RIP Joey.
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It's worth it for the cover of "What a Wonderful World" alone. A completely raw, completely punk-influenced -- yet sincere -- version of the standard. Who else but Joey Ramone could have pulled it off? The harmonies are great, the percussion (Marky Ramone) is driving and original ... it's everything a cover should be. I played this track for weeks before I could even make it to the rest of the CD. When I finally made it to track 2, I was glad I did ... "Stop Thinking About It," a witty ballad about obsessing (again, who else ...?), features guitar and backups reminiscent of the early Ramones. "I Got Knocked Down (But I'll Get Up)" is powerful ... simple, straightforwardlyrics that pull no punches and a nice musical progression within the song. My other favorite was "Don't Worry About Me" -- one of Joey's best vocal performances ever, in my opinion. If you're the least bit of a fan of Joey, or the Ramones, or "What a Wonderful World" ... you should hear this album.
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Joey Ramone's last recording shows a man who hadn't forgotten his roots, but was willing to build on them. With only one song over 4 minutes long, DON'T WORRY ABOUT ME stays true to the spirit of the Ramones sound; however, Joey stretches the concept with some new ideas. While songs like the moronic (I mean that in a good way) "Mr. Punchy" with its genial mindlessness and the relentless "I Got Knocked Down" could have fit on a Ramones recording, songs like "Maria Bartiromo" with its comic focus on the business reporter's ability to make stock reports better by using "Those eyes that make everything OK," and the wild cover of "What a Wonderful World," make this really Joey's show; not just an attempt to keep the Ramones alive. While it's a shame Joey didn't have the opportunity to follow this up; the anthem "Don't Worry about Me," is a fitting end to this CD and Joey's career. While the subject matter is a typical tale of unrequited love, the chorus just makes me smile.
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