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Hey Ho Let's Go: Anthology

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Sex Pistols the first punk rockas? Feggedaboudit! Punk is as American as the Ramones, formed in Forest Hills, New York, in 1974. They were on their third LP when the Pistols debuted. Keying off their '60s U.S. pop and garage-band influences while sneering at the bloated state of '70s rock, Joey, Johnny, Dee Dee, and Tommy virtually invented the loud 'n' snotty punk style and 'tude, playing in Bowery dives like CBGB. The band scored a deal with Sire Records and soon conquered the world, but on their own terms. By their 2,263rd, and final, concert in August 1996, the Ramones had outsmarted and outlasted most of their critics-and inspired countless followers. Now the godfathers of punk take a rocket to Rhino on this two-CD career-spanning collection. Produced with the band's cooperation, Hey! Ho! Let's Go! contains nearly 60 hard 'n' fast tracks from 14 albums, from 1976's Ramones to 1995's Adios Amigos-that's more than two-and-a-half hours of peak-volume punk. Also includes a hardback book gathering rare photos and memorabilia, along with extensive liner notes.

Like most true originals, the Ramones embodied a dizzying array of contradictions. As punk godfathers, they became the archetype for a rebellious musical ethos that could often confuse the baby for the bath water, yet at heart they were 1960s pop- and bubblegum-worshipping reactionaries. The seeming unity symbolized by their street-hood uniform (ripped jeans, deck shoes, and black leather jackets) and name (nicked from an early nom de plume of Beatle Paul) belied turmoil both personal and personnel. And the dumber-than-dumb stance of the likes of "Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue," "Cretin Hop," and "Teenage Lobotomy" actually masked some of the shrewdest rock ever recorded. If Rhino/Warner Archive's two-disc anthology seems like hardly enough room to document a band with a quarter-century legacy, it's good to remember that the Ramones prided themselves on stripping every song they attempted to its elemental core, then halving it again with their patented buzzsaw, double-stop tempo. Journalist David Fricke's enclosed history is telling, if ironically packaged in a glossy hard-back edition that seems more befitting the likes of Fleetwood Mac. The nearly five dozen tracks here, reaching from the early '70s to the late '90s, stand remarkably outside of time--just like true originals. --Jerry McCulley

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Blitzkreig Bop
  2. Beat On The Brat
  3. Judy Is A Punk
  4. I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend
  5. 53rd & 3rd
  6. Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue
  7. Glad To See You Go
  8. Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment
  9. I Remember You
  10. California Sun
  11. Commando
  12. Swallow My Pride
  13. Carbona Not Glue
  14. Pinhead
  15. Sheena Is A Punk Rocker
  16. Cretin Hop
  17. Rockaway Beach
  18. Here Today, Gone Tomorrow
  19. Teenage Lobotomy
  20. Surfin' Bird
  21. I Don't Care
  22. I Just Want To Have Something To Do
  23. I Wanna Be Sedated
  24. Don't Come Close
  25. She's The One
  26. Needles & Pins
  27. Rock 'N' Roll High School
  28. I Want You Around
  29. Do You Remember Rock 'N' Roll Radio?
  30. I Can't Make It On Time
  31. Chinese Rock
  32. I'm Affected
  33. Danny Says

Disc: 2

  1. The KKK Took My Baby Away
  2. She's A Sensation
  3. It's Not My Place (In The 9 To 5 World)
  4. We Want The Airwaves
  5. Psycho Therapy
  6. Howling At The Moon (Sha-La-La)
  7. Mama's Boy
  8. Daytime Dilemma (Dangers Of Love)
  9. I'm Not Afraid Of Life
  10. Too Tough To Die
  11. Endless Vacation
  12. My Brain Is Hanging Upside Down (Bonzo Goes To Bitburg)
  13. Somebody Put Something In My Drink
  14. Something To Believe In
  15. I Don't Want To Live This Life (Anymore)
  16. I Wanna Live
  17. Garden Of Serenity
  18. Merry Christmas (I Don't Want To Fight Tonight)
  19. Pet Sematary
  20. I Believe In Miracles
  21. Tomorrow She Goes Away
  22. Poison Heat
  23. I Don't Wanna Grow Up
  24. She Talks To Rainbows
  25. R.A.M.O.N.E.S.

Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 20, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B00000JFUY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,680 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Okay, a lot of the die-hard Ramones geeks have cast their ballot in favour of trashing this superb compilation, simply because it's not full of b-sides that were relegated to b-side status for a very good reason! This is a review on the album as a 'greatest hits' collection, not a mindless gripe on what songs should have been put on according to the pettiness of a few kids.
Having said all of that, the only reason this collection doesn't get 5 stars from me is because there are too many Ramones compilations on the market already. And by the time the boys decided to (finally, thankfully) call it a day, they had released so much tripe in the later years that they forgot to put together a 'definitive' collection that includes the last ten years or so.
This is the one to get. It's chock-full of their best material (including the import-only "Carbona Not Glue"), and their most representative material as well. Most of the video-based tunes are here, and the selection is chronological, unlike the mind-warping 'Best of Smiths' albums. The liner notes are decent, and they've put on JUST EN0UGH to satiate even the die-hardest die-hard for his/her desert island collection.
Anybody who complains about why there isn't a box set is missing the point; until there IS a box set, this is the one to buy. Especially recommended for the uninitiated.
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Hey Ho Let's Go! Ramones Anthology(1999). The Ramones' Second Compilation.
Back in the Mid. to Late 70's, Underground Punk was taking the world by storm, with bands such as The Clash, The Sex Pistols, and The Pixies dominating the Punk Scene. But one lone American band, taking influences from The New York Dolls and The Stooges, called The Ramones, were just as popular. Adding more traditional Rock N Roll to Punk, The Ramones were one of Punk's most influential bands, and were one of Kurt Cobain's biggest influences for his band Nirvana. Although nobody would say they were incredibly talented, The Ramones were able to mold a catchy, hooky, Punk tune, emphasizing vocals and inane lyrics to appeal to listeners, while always having the chugging guitar right behind it. So it's no surprise, at the Turn of the Century, The Ramones released a massive 2-Disc career retrospective, containing almost 60 songs, and a booklet containing The Ramones ENTIRE career. So how does Hey Ho Let's Go-Ramones Anthology stack up? Read on to find out?
-ALMOST SIXTY SONGS ON TWO DISCS!- The Ramones Anthology has 58 songs on TWO(!) discs, so you can expect bank for your buck!
-HAS ALL OF THE RAMONES' BIGGEST HITS!-The Ramones Anthology has instantly recognizeable hits such as "Blitzkrieg Bop", "California Sun", and "I Wanna Be Sedated", which won't fail to please Casual fans!
-SO MANY UNDERRATED MASTERPIECES!-The Ramones Anthology is basically made up of underrated masterpieces, including "Sheena Is A Punk Rocker", "Do You Remember Rock N Roll Radio?", "Judy Is A Punk", and so many more!
-COVERS ALL OF THE RAMONES ALBUMS- From 'The Ramones' to 'Adios Amigos', The Ramones Anthology has songs from every album, making this a superb retrospective!
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This two CD and book release poses a bit of a problem for the Ramones fan. The book, as one expects from Rhino, is written in the breathless yet informative style common to the serious devotee. The track listing reads like what you and a couple of friends might have settled on if you spent an afternoon coming up with two CDs of Ramones music.
The only track on the albulms that you don't already own, however, is that none-too-inspiring Motorhead cover ("R.A.M.O.N.E.S."). How much of a completist do you need to be? This isn't a "throw in the CD changer for a party" greatest-hits collection, either (you've already got "Mania" for that).
These two disks, however, are the perfect gift to convert any friends fortunate enough to still have the discovery of the Ramones ahead of them in their lives. Wisely focusing on the pre-C.J. period, the selected tracks highlight many of the Ramones' greatest moments, and represent enough variety to put to rest any newcomer complaints that the songs "sound the same".
So get this set, listen to "R.A.M.O.N.E.S.", maybe read the book, and then give it away. You're saving yourself the bother of making that perfect Ramones mixed tape. It's here, or close enough.
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Where better to end a story than at the beginning. The title of this anthology comes from the lyrics of The Ramones' first "hit" song, "Blitzkrieg Bop", from their first album released in 1976. It all ended 20 years and more than 3,000 live shows later in 1996.
The Ramones found their formula early, and stuck to it. Dress the same, take on the same name, and eliminate the unnecessary. So what was unnecessary? Guitar solos, guitar effects, playing to each other, drum fills, ten minute songs, and a big stage show - pretty much all the excesses of prog rock. And what was left? A steady, speedy backbeat, buzzing guitars, simple catchy melodies, and lots of fun sounding songs.
The Ramones were accused of being stupid on a regular basis. From the outside, they probably did seem a bit stupid. They all looked and dressed the same unfashionable (for the time) way, their albums were shorter than many songs of the 1970s rock dinosaurs, and their song titles and lyrics were almost childlike. Songs like "Beat On The Brat", "Judy Is A Punk", "Cretin Hop" and "I Wanna Be Sedated" were hardly intellectual in their content. The band were simply a "1-2-3-4" from Dee Dee Ramone, and they were away. Two minutes, three chords, and several "Gabba Gabba Hey"s later, it was time to start all over again.
Most people missed where The Ramones were actually coming from. While the songs were simple, employing catchy melodies with a minimum of complications, inspiration for the songs came from real life stories of the band, much darker than expected. "53rd & 3rd" was inspired by bass player Dee Dee Ramone's time as a male prostitute on a New York street corner to pay for his drug habit.
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