Ramones’ Animal Boy Turns 35

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Submitted by karajayne on Thu, 05/20/2021 - 12:51

Ramones’ Animal Boy Turns 35

Posted 20 May 2021
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The Ramones. Photo by Steve Rapport/Getty Images.

We’re remembering the Ramones’ 1986 LP Animal Boy which celebrates its 35th anniversary this week. 

 

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Animal Boy was the Ramones' ninth studio album in ten years and with vocalist Joey and guitarist Johnny often at odds, bassist Dee Dee and drummer Ritchie stepped into the breach. The former is credited on the lion's share of the dozen tracks, most notably the anthem “Something to Believe In” (whose Live Aid parody video is worth seeking out), while raging opener “Somebody Put Something in My Drink” was penned by the percussionist. Perhaps the most famous song on the Sire set is “My Brain Is Hanging Upside Down (Bonzo Goes to Bitburg),” a jab at then-President Reagan and a rare instance of social commentary from the quartet. With producer Jean Beauvoir (of the Plasmatics) at the helm, the collection also ventures into new sonic territory including keyboards and synthesizers. Released 35 years ago today, Animal Boy shows the Ramones remain untamed.

Ramones | "Bonzo Goes to Bitburg"

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