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Ramones: Subterranean Jungle

Album Reviews:

Rolling Stone (9/19/02, p.110) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Their version of a Sixties garage-rock testament, including hard-boy assault, inclusive pride and dippy nonsense..."

Q (10/02, p.132) - 3 stars out of 5

Mojo (Publisher) (7/00, p.127) - "...Finds "Da Brudders" in search of an '80s identity....Dee Dee rules [this] noisy album...most notable for the first 4-minute Ramones song, a worthy cover of 'Time Has Come Today'."

Album Notes

The Ramones: Joey Ramone (vocals); Johnny Ramone (guitar); Dee Dee Ramone (bass); Marky Ramone (drums).

Recorded at Kingdom Sound, Syosset, New York. Includes liner notes by Gil Kaufman.

All tracks have been digitally remastered.

The early '80s found the Ramones in a quandary. Critics charged them with not expanding their horizons beyond their usual axis of songs about girls, punk rock, and mutants. A new breed of more aggressive hardcore bands raised on the Ramones' sound were challenging them for the fastest-loudest crown. Personal problems (drummer Marky was to exit rancorously shortly after the album's release) were further wrenches in the machinery. Thus, when SUBTERRANEAN JUNGLE was released in 1983, it was judged harshly by critics who couldn't understand what the Ramones were trying to do.

While SUBTERRANEAN is no great leap forward, it does contain the seeds of an approach that would sustain the Ramones for the next 15 years of touring. Highlights include a Ramones-ized version of the Chambers Brothers' classic "Time Has Come Today," and, perhaps the Ramones' most romantic song to date, "Every Time I Eat Vegetables It Makes Me Think of You." The real revelation, though, is the light-speed "Psycho Therapy" which finds the band outracing their hardcore progeny to the punk rock finish line. Every band should put out a transitional record this good.


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