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Ramones - Too Tough to Die (1999) Retail CD
First of all, if you're new to the Ramones, don't start here! Get the classic albums first: Ramones (the slower and heavier debut -- the real heart of punk, which rightfully has a place on the 500 or 200 or whatever classic albums lists); Leave Home (from this, their second album, onwards the Ramones play faster, and start writing brilliantly catchy songs); Rocket to Russia (my favourite, alongside their debut: "Rockaway Beach" perhaps their best song, one of pop's great moments); and Road to Ruin (fourth album, and my fourth favourite, but has some great songs on). And / or start with "The Chrysalismore… Years", which will get you, for the price of one CD, all four of the Ramones' final albums, and a live album with many of their classic songs on (on 3 cds).On to "Too Tough To Die". Well, I'm glad the Ramones reminded the world they could play still: it's fast, partly due to their then-new drummer Richie (replaced Marky Ramone for a while) Ramone's excellent drumming. (Lots of fills: unlike the stripped-to-basics Tommy Ramone style, which Mark adopted when Tommy left the original linup.) There are some goodish songs here -- "Mama's Boy", "Danger of Love", "Wart Hog", and the instrumental "Durango 95" is good/corny. But that's it. "Howling at the Moon" is terrible (contender for worst Ramones song?) -- a truly duff song that they got Dave Stewart to produce (he just makes it sound plastic as well as uninspired, but he must have been desparate faced with a song that starts with the line "Sha na na, ships are docking...") It's interesting or telling that Dee Dee had cut his hair short in English punk style, and speak-sings his songs Johnny-Rotten-style. Compare the demos included as bonus tracks on this to any on their first, third or fourth album: there the demos were tight and (barring false starts) as good as the album versions; the demos here are sloppy.But I don't want to end like that. The Ramones were one of the great bands, but this album pales next to their best work. They were to be rejuvanated by CJ Ramone, who replaced Dee Dee when he left in the 1980s. Each of the final four albums on The Chrysalis Anthology is better than this one (in my humble opinion). "Mondo Bizzaro" especially is really good, with one of Joey's best songs, "I Won't Let It Happen", and fast songs like "Cabbies on Crack" (how could a song about being given a ride by a cabbie on crack not be great?). And "Acid Eaters" was a superb collection of covers. So buy that instead and be happy happy happy all the time. And watch "End of the Century" and laugh at how they all fell out.
|2||I'm Not Afraid of Life|
|3||Too Tough to Die|
|7||Chasing the Night|
|8||Howling at the Moon (Sha-La-La)|
|9||Daytime Dilemma (Dangers of Love)|
|10||Planet Earth 1988|
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