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Ramones : Mondo BizarroMondo Bizarro (1992)
Radioactive Records

Reviewer Rating: 4


Contributed by: TheDoodlyManTheDoodlyMan
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By the late '80s, the Ramones were internally beginning to collapse. They still made great music, but the band's relationships were diminishing as they invariably changed their sound many times hoping for another breakthrough album. CJ Ramone (the replacement for bassist Dee Dee) brought back a l.
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By the late '80s, the Ramones were internally beginning to collapse. They still made great music, but the band's relationships were diminishing as they invariably changed their sound many times hoping for another breakthrough album.

CJ Ramone (the replacement for bassist Dee Dee) brought back a lot of the energy for the band and this album is a return to the Ramones roots. It shows too; Joey hasn't sounded this pissed off since 1978. The Ramones sound so energized. It's a shame that more people haven't listened to this album (I also can't believe this album went out of print.)

The first song, "Censorshit," is a anti-censorship rant about the PMRC (and the parental advisory stickers). "Touring," a Beach Boys-style number, was a leftover from Pleasant Dreams. It is also a rip off of their own "Rock n Roll High School." Dee Dee may have left the band, but he still contributed "Poison Heart," "Strength to Endure" and "Main Man" (which CJ sings on the latter two). All great songs with very amazing lyrics.

The reason Mondo Bizarro failed to be successful was because of Radioactive Records, The record label picked the cover, the band's choice is prominently placed inside the booklet. It's a photo collage of the Ramones done psychedelic-style. Either way this is one of their best albums and brought back the classic Ramones style. This is better than any reviews indicated at the time. If you like or love the Ramones you will enjoy this album big time. It was a real shame it didn't give them the break they deserved.

 

 
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MONTEAM (August 12, 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.

TheDoodlyMan (July 20, 2012)

@elliot Write one for Acid Eaters, I won't make a review for that I promise lol

elliot (July 20, 2012)

Punching myself right now because I was going to write an actual review for this, instead of a bizarre overview with weird descriptions, but this guy beat me to it again.

lushj (July 20, 2012)

I thought this was a low point, along with "Acid Eaters." I love "Brain Drain" & "Adios Amigos" which are the 2 original studio albums that bookend this one.

EchosMyron (July 20, 2012)

It`s better than their 80s stuff, but that`s not saying much. "Anxiety" is the obvious standout.

FromAbove (July 20, 2012)

Strong effort.

MONTEAM (July 20, 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.

77Punker (July 20, 2012)

Main Man is a real ass kicker. Just another great album from the band that started it all!!!

jephso (July 20, 2012)

My friend bought me this on cassette recently. Great album. Love Poison Heart and Touring.

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