Punknews.org
Ramones - Brain Drain (Cover Artwork)

Ramones

Ramones: Brain DrainBrain Drain (1989)
Sire Records

Reviewer Rating: 4
User Rating:


Contributed by: TheDoodlyManTheDoodlyMan
(others by this writer | submit your own)

"It was tough recording the Brain Drain album because everyone took their shit out on me. I dreaded being around them. It drove me away. Everybody in the band had problems; girlfriend problems, money problems, mental problems." - Dee Dee Ramone The Ramones were looking a new direction for their m.
iTunes StoreAmazon


"It was tough recording the Brain Drain album because everyone took their shit out on me. I dreaded being around them. It drove me away. Everybody in the band had problems; girlfriend problems, money problems, mental problems." - Dee Dee Ramone

The Ramones were looking a new direction for their music. While they were tired of touring, and were about to lose Dee Dee, the group decided to try and make a contemporary effort. That effort came in the form of the album Brain Drain. The Ramones reinvented their sound and made them look and sound relevant.

Brain Drain is a seriously loud and enjoyable album. The best songs are "I Believe in Miracles," "Zero Zero U.F.O.," "Don't Bust My Chops," "Learn to Listen" and "Palisades Park" (in which the main riff climbs up and down the guitar and is a great cover), along with "Pet Sematary," the most known song of this album and one of the Ramones' biggest radio hits.

During this time Dee Dee was looking for a way out of the Ramones and looking for a way into the spotlight as Dee Dee King. The man born Douglas Colvin delivers an outstanding vocal performance on "Punishment Fits the Crime," emphasizing the lyrics in a more distressing style, bu producer Bill Laswell (a bassist himself) did not do Dee Dee any favors by mixing his bass downright into the background. The bass is a barely audible. What a way to make an exit!

However, despite any oversights in production techniques, Brain Drain is a meritorious album, featuring very sustaining and satisfying punk hooks. I love Brain Drain. And, heartbreakingly, it was Dee Dee's last.

 

 
People who liked this also liked:
Ramones - Subterranean JungleRamones - Rocket to RussiaRamones - End of the CenturyLeatherface - The Stormy PetrelThe Clash - Give 'Em Enough RopeRamones - Halfway to SanityMetallica - Kill 'Em AllThe Replacements - Let It BeMetallica - Ride the LightningThe Rezillos - Can't Stand the Rezillos

Please login or register to post comments.What are the benefits of having a Punknews.org account?
  • Share your opinion by posting comments on the stories that interest you
  • Rate music and bands and help shape the weekly top ten
  • Let Punknews.org use your ratings to help you find bands and albums you might like
  • Customize features on the site to get the news the way you want.
Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
abcdefuck (July 9, 2012)

Love this record.

elliot (July 5, 2012)

I do not believe this review was written by someone who speaks English.

lushj (July 5, 2012)

I love this record, probably in part because I am old enough that I bought it when it came out and loved it, and partly because it was SO much better than the blah-sounding "Animal Boy". I also love "Halfway To Sanity."

"Merry Christmas (I Don't Want To Fight Tonight)" is a great tune too!

TheDoodlyMan (July 3, 2012)

I'll make sure of that :)

Cos (July 3, 2012)

Bit by bit, Punknews covers the entire Ramones discography.

Half_Idiot (July 3, 2012)

I think this might be the least memorable of all the Ramones' studio records.

MN_DrNick (July 3, 2012)

Score is for "Pet Sematary".

MONTEAM (July 3, 2012)

Learn all about the Ramones in the book;
‚??ON THE ROAD WITH THE RAMONES‚?Ě.
Throughout the remarkable twenty-two-year career of the Ramones the seminal punk rock band, Rock ‚??n‚?? Roll Hall of Famers and Recording Academy Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winners Monte A. Melnick saw it all. He was the band‚??s tour manager from their 1974 CBGB debut to their final show in 1996. Now, in this NEW UPDATED EDITION he tells his story. Full of insider perspectives and exclusive interviews and packed with over 250 personal color photos and images; this is a must-have for all fans of the Ramones.

bastard_squad (July 3, 2012)

Love this record.

mattramone (July 3, 2012)

This album only exists in the fever dreams of Arturo Vega.

EchosMyron (July 3, 2012)

Aside from the "Palisades Park" cover and "Merry Christmas," this album totally blows. The production is so, so cheesy too.

Exclusive Streams

Sponsored


The Fest 13

Newest Reviews

Punknews.org Team

Other Places to Go