The late Joey Ramone had one of the greatest voices in rock n roll, full of heartbreak and bubblegum. His death will always be lamented here and the irony of the band becoming massive after his death is not lost on us purists.
He was also an iconic frontman of one of the greatest live bands I’ve ever seen- rock n roll boiled down to its basic constituent, genius core. No one has ever made rock n roll music this pure.
Before he died he recorded one great solo album but also left a bunch of other tracks which have been culled together for another album which we are pretty excited about…the full details are below.
Releases the posthumous album ”ËYa Know?’ on May 30th on BMG Rights Management
Featuring guest appearances from Joan Jett, Steven Van Zandt, Richie Ramone, Lenny Kaye and more
A new Joey Ramone album entitled ”ËYa Know?’ will be released on May 30th on BMG Rights Management. Compiled by Joey’s brother Mickey Leigh, the fifteen-track album primarily consists of previously unheard songs written and performed by the late Ramones frontman, songwriter and visual icon. The album will be previewed with the release of a coloured 7”Â vinyl A-side single featuring ”ËRock ”Ën’ Roll Is The Answer’ and ”ËThere’s Got To Be More To Life’ which will be issued on April 21st as part of this year’s Record Store Day.
Named after a phrase that was a staple of Joey’s conversation, ”ËYa Know?’ adds a significant new chapter to the seminal punk icon’s hugely influential body of work. The tracks were drawn from a cache of demos and unreleased recordings that Joey had cut at various times during the last decade and a half of his life. It’s a riveting collection of first-rate songs that embody Joey’s trademark intensity, wit and infectious hooksmanship, and that can stand proudly alongside his most beloved Ramones compositions. It’s also a fitting, if belated, follow-up toJoey’s first solo album ”ËDon’t Worry About Me’, which was recorded just prior to his death in 2001 and released the following year.
The swaggering album-opener ”ËRock ‘n’ Roll Is the Answer’ (co-written with Plasmatics guitarist Richie Stotts) and the hometown shout-out ”ËNew York City’ demonstrate Joey’s knack for channeling his personal passions into bracing anthems, while the breezy ”ËMake Me Tremble’ (which Joey wrote and recorded with Dictatorsfounder Andy Shernoff) and the bittersweet acoustic ballad ”ËWaiting For That Railroad’ find him exploring some of the more introspective territory that he’d been unable to visit within the format of his former band.
Elsewhere on ”ËYa Know?‘, ”ËI Couldn’t Sleep’ is a collaboration between Joey and Mickey who also teamed up to record a romantic alternate version of the Ramones’ holiday classic ”ËMerry Christmas (I Don’t Want to FightTonight)’ in Joey’s apartment. Meanwhile, a previously unreleased reprise of Joey’s late-period Ramones tune”ËLife’s A Gas’ ends the album on an appropriately uplifting note.
“The diversity of this album might surprise a lot of people,” says Leigh, the album’s executive producer. “I really think it will expand the perception many people currently have of Joey’s scope as an artist. It’s the same Joey that everyone knows and loves, but there are some things on here that are completely different from anything people have heard from him before.”
Leigh, along with Joey’s manager Dave Frey, reached out to an assortment of Joey’s talented friends, collaborators and contemporaries in order to bring the album to fruition. It features the production talents of EdStasium who produced several of the band’s most loved albums, Joe Blaney who mixed the Ramones’”ËHalfway To Sanity’ and Joey’s ”ËDon’t Worry About Me’, and Jean Beauvoir who produced the Ramones’1986 album ”ËAnimal Boy’.
The album’s guests include Joan Jett, who lends her distinctive voice and guitar to ”Ë21st Century Girl’, andSteven Van Zandt, who plays guitar on ”ËParty Line’ and wrote the album’s poignant liner notes, Also featured aredrummer Richie Ramone, Bun E. Carlos of Cheap Trick, Dennis Diken of the Smithereens, Patti Smith Group guitarist Lenny Kaye, punk survivor Holly Beth Vincent, guitarist Al Maddy, Kenny Laguna, saxophonist Arno Hecht of the Uptown Horns, and members of the Ramones’ punk-era contemporaries TheDictators.