Where it came from, I don’t know
It did not look like it came from Japan
And out of the dark walked a strange man…”
Huh! Can you believe it’s almost 30 years since this lp was out? ”Time waits for no one, and it won’t wait for me” said some bigmouth poet. Anyways, ’88/89. were pretty cool years for r’n’r – Iggy’s comback with “instinct”, Bowie too with Tin Machine, Keith Richards cool solo slab “Talk is Cheap”, Lou Reed’s ”New York”, then there were underground & alternative rock forces as Pixies with ”Doolittle, Primal Scream, The Jesus & Mary Chain ”Automatic”, The Godfathers ”More Songs About Love & Hate”… In the summer of ’89 I was on trip in Italy where I bought two great records – comeback lp for The Cramps “Stay Sick” and this Ramones 11th studio album. Over the years, I’ve changed my opinion on this record several times and now think it’s a cool one. On ”Brain Drain” [the last lp with Dee Dee] Ramones continued with harder, Motorhead kinda rockin’ style, starting out with the great opener ”I Believe In Miracles” [well I do, alright!] and other favs as killer ”Zero Zero UFO”, ”Don’t Bust My Chops”, fine cover of Freddy Cannon’s ”Palisades Park”. On side B you got ”Pet Sematary” which became one of Ramones biggest hits, and solid tunes like ”Can’t Get You Outta My Mind”, ”Come Back, Baby” and ”Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight)”. There are couple of tunes heavily influenced by Motorhead ”Learn To Listen” and ‘‘Ignorance Is Bliss”. Altogether, It’s a pretty solid slab, they don’t make it like that anymore! And remember, Ramones don’t have a lame album. Don’t Bust My Chops ‘n’ Dig!!!
I saw it happen with my own eyes
A million miles from the milky way
A hundred years, a month and a day”