Joey Ramone
...Ya Know?


1.5
very poor

Review

by Joseph Viney STAFF
May 31st, 2012 | 18 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Hey! Ho! Just let go

The posthumous record sales market is a very lucrative one. Marquee names like Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Jimi Hendrix live on in the form of re-releases, remixes, and outtake compilations. Tupac Shakur has released more albums in death than life. Sales of Amy Winehouse records soared after her passing and groups like The Doors and Nirvana continue to post larger than average sales numbers. In short, there is some benefit in feeling Death’s cold grip on your shoulder.

Sure, it lines the pockets of the suits and their record companies, but what does it offer the consumer? Far from being the revelatory, mythical ‘lost album’ collections that the music press dreams of, such releases are marred by low quality, confused arrangements and a host of unwelcome interferences. Anybody remember the (first?) posthumous Michael Jackson release? Exactly.

Consequently, it comes as a surprise that Joey Ramone’s second solo record comes eleven years after his death. There’s been no commercial or media push for a Ramones trend revival, and the only surviving original member keeps away from the spotlight. Comprising of songs written between 1977 to 2000 and featuring no less than five producers, …Ya Know? is the average mid-period Ramones re-tread you would expect. In simpler terms, it’s better than Subterranean Jungle but worse than Brain Drain.

Given the time span these songs were written across, one can only assume that the songs on …Ya Know? were rejected by the rest of his leather clad bandmates at the time of writing. Joey Ramone’s lyrics always belied the fast and furious pace of his group’s music, and so his many glances at the darker side of introspection (jealousy, murder, unrequited love) managed to slip under the radar. The relentless buzzsaw that Johnny and Dee Dee provided gives way to a monotonous mid-pace trundle that stops …Ya Know? from becoming anything special or memorable.

Forget about the reckless, joyful abandon of classics like “Rockaway Beach”, “Commando”, “Judy Is A Punk” or “Blitzkrieg Bop”. Now we’re lumped with flaccid efforts with names like “I Couldn’t Sleep”, “Seven Days Of Gloom”, “There’s Got To Be More To Life” and “What Did I Do To Deserve You?” Completely unaided by flat production and little or no deviation from one or two initial ideas, it’s verging on an insult to the memory of one of punk’s pioneers.



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JViney
Staff Reviewer
May 31st 2012


322 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

This album was so hotly-anticipated that it wasn't even on the site's database.

Storm In A Teacup
May 31st 2012


12781 Comments


What the actual fuck this is terrible.

Some people I ran into once should have listened to song numero ten last X-mas.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
May 31st 2012


31163 Comments


Put the artwork up for you

Digging: LV and Joshua Idehen - Islands

macadoolahicky
May 31st 2012


1835 Comments


There's no artwork yes so I can't judge the book by it's cover.

Edit: Thanks Deviant! Yeah, I won't be listening to this

JViney
Staff Reviewer
May 31st 2012


322 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Thanks Dev. I uploaded the image when I logged the album on the database but it failed to show. Not sure why but hey, it's fixed now.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
May 31st 2012


31163 Comments


No error, it just has to go through the approval queue. I can bypass it

Irving
Staff Reviewer
May 31st 2012


7280 Comments


Anybody remember the (first?) posthumous Michael Jackson release? Exactly.

This.

Digging: U2 - Songs of Innocence

ReturnToRock
May 31st 2012


3448 Comments


When did this come out?

Also, ANYTHING's better than Subterranean Jungle (except for Pleasant Dreams and Halfway to Sanity).

"Better than Subterranean Jungle but worse than Brain Drain" - soooo...Road To Ruin?

clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
May 31st 2012


6448 Comments


Yeah this is unfortunately really bad.

Digging: Interpol - El Pintor

newjunkaesthetic93
May 31st 2012


1871 Comments


There were a few songs I really loved on "Don't Worry About Me", but this one is just purely throw aways. Too bad.

balcaen
May 31st 2012


3183 Comments


Jesus, I pity whoever had to produce this.

Recspecs
May 31st 2012


9829 Comments


Hahaha

AtavanHalen
June 1st 2012


17927 Comments


was kind of expecting this to suck

still, don't worry about me was/is cute

TrstN01
June 1st 2012


800 Comments


The intro/chorus riff from Going Nowhere Fast sounds so familiar… but I can't figure out where I've heard it.

Spec
June 1st 2012


27170 Comments


Wont be listening to this.

nezvanovni
June 1st 2012


7 Comments


I always feel incredibly stupid when I think back to my 13 year old self buying that useless Nirvana boxset...

FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
June 2nd 2012


9034 Comments


Vineyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

ReturnToRock
June 6th 2012


3448 Comments


Listened to this (apart from the last five songs). What they did to Merry Christmas ALONE warrants a 1/5 rating. Rest is pretty poor too other than I Can't Sleep, which is actually a pretty decent mid-period Ramones song.

Overall this may just be as bad as Dee Dee's solo stuff, if not worse. Expect a review soon.



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