Remembering Ramones’ 1981 Pop Punk Exemplar 'Pleasant Dreams'

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Submitted by karajayne on Sat, 09/17/2022 - 17:00

Remembering Ramones’ 1981 Pop Punk Exemplar 'Pleasant Dreams'

Posted 17 Sep 2022
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Ramones in 1981. Photo by Sire Records/Getty Images.

We’re revisiting Ramones’ sixth studio album, Pleasant Dreams which arrived in 1981 and featured a stack of awesome guest appearances. 

 

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‘Pleasant Dreams’

Though the Ramones are rightfully seen as punk pioneers, 1960s radio hits were always a strong influence on the band, and Pleasant Dreams plays to that strength. Graham Gouldman, who penned classics for the likes of Herman's Hermits and The Yardbirds, helmed the Sire set and gives these dozen tracks clean sound even as they touch upon heavier rock territory. Joey and Dee Dee split the songwriting duties here and come up with another batch of winners including opener We Want the Airwaves and The KKK Took My Baby Away. Featuring guest appearances from Debbie Harry of Blondie, Russell Mael of Sparks and a couple of The B-52's, Pleasant Dreams will please any Ramones fan, and we'll cue it up in memory of Johnny Ramone, who passed away this week in 2004.

Ramones | ‘The KKK Took My Baby Away’ [Live 1982]

Ramones | ‘We Want The Airwaves’

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