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Contributor: Rob Crilly

OK, OK, OK. There’s one song here that splits Ramones fans more than any other. In 1980 Da Brudders wanted a hit. Badly. So they teamed up with Phil Spector for End Of The Century. He wanted the band to show off Joey’s voice and had them record one from his back catalogue, The Ronettes’ Baby, I Love You. The result was a single that did give them their biggest hit – number 8 in the UK – but which was despised by fans (and most of the band) who just wanted two minutes of buzzsaw guitar.

For me, however, it’s one of their finest moments. Joey’s glorious vocal is right up in the mix. And it serves as a reminder that American punk was often a celebration of what came before – albeit louder and faster – unlike British punk which ripped it all up and started again.

Ramones official website

Ramones biography (iTunes)

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1 Comment

  1. Keith Shackleton
    Nov 13, 2013

    I’m on the other side of the fence. I don’t want any Spectorisation, thankyouverymuch. I’ll swap out those three for 53rd and 3rd, Beat On The Brat and something astounding from It’s Alive. Hey ho, let’s go for I Don’t Wanna Walk Around With You.. 85 seconds of perfunctory pell-mell power pop.

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