Joey Ramone – … Ya Know?

January 01, 1970



Few would have figured Joey
Ramone for a solo star. After all, his tall, gawky visage was intrinsically entwined
with that of a certain iconic punk band. And yet, this posthumous effort,
patched together from vocal tracks on his leftover demos and outtakes, and
fleshed out musically by an all-star ensemble (among them Joan Jett, Little
Steven, Bun E. Carlos, Lenny Kaye and Dennis Diken, with brother Mickey Leigh
and Ramones producers Ed Stasium and Jean Beauvoir overseeing the project),
shows him clearly confident on his own.


Consequently, despite its
clumsy title, …Ya Know? both
reflects and refines that seminal punk posture. Who could have imagined, for
example, that he would opt for the introspective stance of “Waiting For That
Railroad,” or that he’d be prone to stake out Springsteen terrain, as in the
fiery and frenetic “What Did I Do To Deserve You?” And while several of these
songs wouldn’t have sounded out of place in the Ramones’ repertoire – i.e., the
anthemic “New York City, the Spector-esque “Party Line” and the simply-stated
“Rock ‘n’ Roll Is The Answer” in particular – Joey’s scrappy determination
clearly contributed to his own ambitions.


“Rock ‘n’ Roll Is The Answer,” “Waiting For That Railroad” LEE ZIMMERMAN


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