02.26.09

The Ramones: The Post-Erdelyi Mix

How much do I still love the Ramones? It seems to be an obsession with me that will not die. Not only were they pioneers, but in grade school, they were one of the hardest band I could find out about easily. Even in high school during the 80s when watershed punk and metal records were becoming somewhat easier to find, it was still a chore to find an Angelic Upstarts record and comforting to know that a new Ramones album was always on the way. From junior high through to high school, The Ramones put out an album almost every year. Too Tough to Die, Animal Boy, Halfway to Sanity and Brain Drain were anticipated and welcomed as they were released. And yes, occasionally disappointing. It would be easy to look back on these albums and categorize them as a mediocre succession of releases, but at the time it was comforting to feel as if I could rely on the Ramones forever.

Flipping through my albums, I realize there is another cache of records that have not been played in a long time. The seven albums that appeared between the time Tommy Ramone stopped producing the records (with the exception of coming back to produce Too Tough to Die) and the appearance of C.J. on bass are less recognized for obvious reasons. But, even for the most cynical punk rocker, this period yielded some good stuff. Anybody can claim that they love the first Ramones album, but it takes a punk to taut the virtues of Halfway to Sanity.

This is my post-Erdelyi/ pre-C.J. mix. Some of these songs are considered among the classics and do appear on various collections, but I was interested in getting only songs from this era together. So here it is with some of the hits, and some of the passed over stuff. Seven years of Ramones recordings makes for one really good album.

This would be a good time for someone younger than me to take on the C.J. years. He seems like a good guy, but I stopped at Brain Drain.

Side One:

Side One:Durango 95/Wart Hog- Too Tough to Die

Weasel Face- Halfway to Sanity

Palisades Park- Brain Drain

We Want the Airwaves- Pleasant Dreams

Do You Remember Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio?- End of the Century

Little bit O’ Soul- Subterranean Jungle

Eat That Rat- Animal BoyDanny Says- End of the Century

The KKK Took My Baby Away- Pleasant Dreams

Go Lil’ Camero Go- Halfway to Sanity

Mama’s Boy- Too Tough to Die

Outsider- Subterranean Jungle

Side Two:

Pet Sematery- Brain Drain

Animal Boy- Animal Boy

Bop ‘Till You Drop- Halfway to Sanity

Psycho Therapy- Subterranean Jungle

Danger Zone- Too Tough to Die

She’s a Sensation- Pleasant Dreams

I’m Affected- End of the Century

I Wanna Live- Halfway to Sanity

Somebody Put Something in My Drink- Animal Boy

In the Park- Subterranean Jungle

and the first post Erdelyi recordings for the Rock and Roll High SchoolSoundtrack (Yes, this is cheating, so sue me!)

I Want You Around- Ed Stasium Version

Rock and Roll High School- Ed Stasium Version

02.05.09

 

VARIOUS ARTISTS: Mad Mike Monsters Volume 2: A Tribute to Mad Mike Metrovich: LP

Some of my favorite people in the world are those who seem to be somewhat famous for just having good taste in music. Mad Mike Metrovich is one of those lucky bastards who made his way in the world sifting through dusty stacks of unwanted records. A Pittsburg disc jockey, Mad Mike would scour the dirty corners of Pennsylvania looking for obscure records to play on his radio show. This series features some of Mad Mike’s most coveted singles mastered into easily obtained collections filled with Mad Mike’s story and loads of rock and roll. Fans of made up words, overdriven sax solos, and hootin’ and hollerin’ cannot afford to miss this series. Volume Two features songs such as the Del-Mars “Snacky Poo,” The Rhythm Addicts “Oomp Boomp” and Count Farrell’s “Wizard of Ah’s.” If you’ve heard of any of those songs already, you’re waaaaay too cool to be reading this.-Billups Allen (Norton)


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