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The Ramones Hard to Find Bonus Tracks pt 3- “Can’t Say Anything Nice”

The Ramones “Hard to Find” bonus tracks pt 1 “Street Fighting Man”
The Ramones “Hard to Find” Bonus Tracks pt 2- Smash You

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My previous posts have been about my first forays into non album tracks through the 12″ single and most specifically, the British releases on Beggar’s Banquet

Although “I Want You Around” is technically my first “non album” track, I had discovered current non album tracks on a 12″ single released for the current album “Too Tough To Die”
I thought both non album tracks were better than two tracks that made it to the album.
I had only owned Rocket To Russia at this point and then saw The Ramones live in 1985
By 1986 I was a solid but recent convert who was now actively seeking out more Ramones material
All of my friends at Lake Highlands High School went to Bill’s Records and Tapes over in Richardson but I soon discovered a new source over by friend Robert Abrams’ apartment at Marsh and Forest
Coincidentally, the first apartment my family moved to in Texas was directly across the street from Robert A’s current residence in 1986

On the opposite corner of Forest and Marsh was Hit Records and it was run by Ron Ross
When the kid in this picture walked in, he instantly knew what band he was looking for
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Ron was behind the counter and he remarked that I had to be a Ramones fan
He seemed more than happy to tell me all of his personal Ramones  stories which translated to record sales from me
I soon bought all of my Ramones albums from Ron and if he didn’t have them, I went to Bill’s

1986 Means Animal Boy and there were several 12″ singles that I found but could only afford one at the time
I can’t remember which shop had which single but I had a choice of “Bonzo Goes to Bitburg” on side A with “Daytime Dilemma” and “Go Home Ann”on side B  -or- “Something to Believe In”side A  and “Somebody Put Something in My Drink” with “Can’t Say Anything Nice” side B
I went with the second choice based purely on the title of the non album tracks and it looks like I made the right decision in retrospect

Can’t Say Anything Nice was written and sung by Richie Ramone who was the first drummer I had seen perform live with the Ramones on the previous tour
It was also a great song to play on the guitar because it was both melodic and simple and had that “dun dun dun” stop at the end of the riff
It was easy to learn and fun to play
It soon became a bonus track on the end of the tapes I made of my albums

This is a different cover but I am not sure if it had the same tracks
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Coming up next, the single and bonus track that I am glad I didn’t chose
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The Ramones “Hard to Find” bonus tracks pt 1 “Street Fighting Man”

As much as I hate Youtube from a content creator standpoint, I love it as an archive of stuff that I either didn’t know existed or didn’t have the money to buy in the 80’s. To me, “I want you around” from the Rock n’ Roll High School Soundtrack was a “bonus track” that I would put on my personal tapes and mixtapes I made for other people
My first Ramones album was Rocket to Russia but I immediately went out and bought “Too Tough To Die” after seeing them at the
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I am not sure if I bought them at the same time but I did buy a 12″ single with “Howling At The Moon”
There was a non album track that was a cover of The Rolling Stones’ “Street Fighting Man” which now became my new “Bonus Track”
This would be one of several British releases on Beggar’s Banquet

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I thought it was kind of a ripoff to put two album tracks on the record and only offer one bonus song
I guess I was spoiled by Twisted Sister because their 12″ singles were mostly live versions of album tracks and those count as bonus tracks
What a coincidence that both bonus tracks are Rolling Stones covers

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I will be covering more non album tracks and the next one will be “Smash You”
Part 2 of Bonus Tracks “Smash You”
Part 3 of Bonus Tracks “Can’t Say Anything Nice”