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Album Review: The Ramones 'Rocket to Russia'

A Review of the Third Album by One of the Most Famous New York Punk Rock Bands, The Ramones.

Rocket to Russia was the third album for the New York punk rock band The Ramones. This album has the band more focused on the songs, meaning that it gave the album a range to different tempos and a mixture of original songs and covers too. Rocket to Russia was labelled as one of the most listenable and enjoyable albums. It doesn't have the revolutionary impact of The Ramones, but it's a better album and one of the finest records of the late 1970s. 

The first track to the album is a short, fast tempo song called "Cretin Hop," a mindless, bopping opening to the album and only lasting 1 minute 56 seconds because that's what makes The Ramones very unique because they keep the songs short and simple and the genre punk rock keeps the time signature at 4/4. The next song of the album is another fast one called "Rockaway Beach," another short song too, lasting 2 minutes and 6 seconds. The third song on the album is a ballad, but still at a medium tempo, "Here Today, Gone Tomorrow." The fourth song on the album is called "Locket Love," once again a short simple punk rock song. The fifth song is called "I Don't Care," one of the shortest songs on the album lasting for only 1 minute and 39 seconds.  

The sixth song is called "Sheena." It's a punk rocker one, again another fast and simple song. It was also the opening song to the 1979 movie Rock and Roll High School in which The Ramones were also included in the movie too.  The seventh songs on the album is called "We're a Happy Family," once again another fast tempo punk rock song talking about a happy family. This is another song that is short and simple but running at 2 minutes 31 seconds. The eighth song on the album is called "Teenage Lobotomy," another track in the 1979 movie Rock and Roll High School. Lasting 2 minutes and 1 seconds, another short and simple song. The ninth song is "Do You Wanna Dance," originally recorded by Bobby Freeman. The Ramones loved to do covers. Do you wanna dance is one of the covers on this album.

The tenth song on the album is "I Wanna Be Well," again a short and simple song. This song has a slower tempo than the rest but still a great song. The eleventh song is called "I Can't Give You Anything." Another short and simple song, another really short song, running at 2 minutes and 1 seconds. That's what made The Ramones unique in the 70s. They wrote and performed short and simple songs. The twelfth song is called "Ramona," another short and simple song. The thirteenth song is called "Surfing Bird," again another cover done by The Ramones. The original was done by Al Frazier, Sonny Harris, Carl White, Turner Wilson, and the most famous version on "Surfing Bird" was done by The Trash Men. The last track of the album is called "Why Is It Always This Way," once again another fast tempo, short, and simple punk rock song by The Ramones.

Overall I would say that this is one of the best Ramones albums in the 1970s, simply because all the songs are well written, well produced and well preformed. The Ramones were most famous for writing and performing fast, short, and simple songs. Keeping the songs 4/4 time signature. Which it what punk rock was built on. The Ramones music still lives on, with Marky Ramone still touring the world performing Ramones material. Marky Ramone once said the beat lives on, meaning the music lives on.  

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