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The 41st Anniversary of the 1st Ramones Album


The Ramones Hard to Find Bonus Tracks pt 4- “Go Home Ann”

The Ramones “Hard to Find” bonus tracks pt 1 “Street Fighting Man”
The Ramones “Hard to Find” Bonus Tracks pt 2- Smash You
The Ramones Hard to Find Bonus Tracks pt 3 “Can’t Say Anything Nice”

In the previous installment, I covered how I had been buying the Beggar’s Banquet 12″ singles that the Ramones released in the UK.
I had started with the 12″ released after “Too Tough To Die”
I had enough money at the time to buy one of two 12″ singles that were released after the “Animal Boy” album
One contained the non album track “Can’t Say Anything Nice” and the other included “Go Home Ann”, whaich was on the single “Bonzo Goes To Bitburg”

I ended up buying the single with “Can’t” on it and never bothered to buy the one with “Ann” on it
I often wondered what that song sounded like
Now with the miracle of Youtube, I can
Now that I have heard it
What’s the Verdict?
I am glad I didn’t buy this after all

Obviously, not every song can be a good one and I’m prepared to ‘splain myself
Let’s start with the keyboard intro-
It is not often that you hear a Ramones song with keyboards and even less that the keyboards are in a minor key
The keyboards up until now have been to add an uplifting mood like “Do You Remember Rock N Roll Radio” or “Come On Now”

But these are smaller and more creepy sounding keyboards
What is more distracting is that the rockin’ part of the song is at a slightly different tempo which doesn’t really transition well
There is one recognizable riff in the song which reminds me a lot of a riff in “This ‘Ain’t Havana”

This ambitious track was written by Dee Dee and Mickey Leigh (Joey’s Brother)
In the end, it doesn’t feel like a Ramones song

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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

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

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

Coming up next, the single and bonus track that I am glad I didn’t chose

The Ramones Hard to Find Bonus Tracks pt 2- “Smash You”


As I has stated in the lest installment, I bought a 12″ single from Bill’s records and Tapes at around the same time that I bought Too Tough To Die. I really liked the cover of Street Fighting Man but Smash You sounded like the songs I was writing (that sounded like the Ramones)
This song employs the technique of accentuating notes with crashes (think of the breakdown in Now I Wanna Be A Good Boy). I did that a lot in my new songwriting because it sounded cool. Of course, I over-used it but those songs don’t exist anymore, the tapes long since lost or recorded over.
This song was written by Richie but it adds to a list of songs where violence against women is covered. The Ramones never shied away from any controversial topics but I would have to say that beating up women is the only one that makes me really uncomfortable. Still, you can’t deny them their take on life in the real world any more than you can deny a rapper talking about the same thing. It is something that happens in the real world and addressing it doesn’t necessarily endorse it.
It seems that this song was left off Too Tough To Die but I’d much rather hear this song than Humankind or Planet Earth 1988

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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
Arcadia Theater
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


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


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”