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CD REVIEW: Ramones Forever - An International Tribute
By Ben Ohmart - 04/23/2002 - 01:40 PM EDT

Artist: Tribute: Ramones Forever
Album: An International Tribute
CD Review: Audio fan fiction – i.e. tribute albums – can be great. But you have to like the band/artist the tribute is based on. Not just for the songwriting, but for the class of fans that band attracts, because those are the aggressive souls that go after the hard to get spots on albums like this International Tribute, which as you can see from the track list below brings in bands from all over to give respect to the godfathers of punk.

If you like the Ramones, you’ll love this album. If you love the Ramones, you’ll be amazed at what global groups manage to do with some of these classics. Personally, my favorite is probably ‘Psycho Therapy’ because it’s more weird than harsh rock; then again, it’s damn short. A sort of techno-geek piece. Also, Belgium’s electronic elephant ‘Blitzkrieg Bahn’ filters the power like a hard to hear broadcast from far, far away. But man, I like the sound and spirit.

Radical Records is just around the corner from CBGB, where the Ramones began, and part of the money from this cd will go to the Joey Ramone Fund. This should prove to you all, the album knows what it’s doing, and you should support it if you’re into oddball & rock music at all. With 23 tracks, there’s bound to be Something here to please even the most critical Ramones fan.

1) 1-2-3-4
2) Golden Green (Belgium) - I Wanna Live
3) Neven (Belgium) - I Wanna Be Sedated
4) No Bluff Sound (France) - Psycho Therapy
5) Sherman featuring KPW (Belgium) - Blitzkrieg Bahn
6) Mika featuring Jah Paul II (Greece) - I Man Wanna Sniff Some Glue
7) The Dirty Scums (Belgium) - Ramones Medley
8) Davo Vermeersch (Belgium) - I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend
9) La Fille d'Ernest (Belgium) - Ta Petite Amie (I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend)
10) 5˘ Deposit (USA) - We Want The Airwaves
11) Skunk (Germany) - Pet Semetary
12) KPW (Belgium) - I Wanna Be Well
13) Bad Preachers (Belgium) - California Sun
14) De Bossen (Belgium) - Little Ramona
15) Da Lama's (Peru) - Ik Sloeg Haar Half Dood (Beat On The Brat)
16) Marky Ramone Group (USA) - I Don't Wanna Grow Up
17) Fezz (Belgium) - I Believe In Miracles
18) Club Diana featuring Neef (Netherlands) - Here Today Gone Tomorrow
19) JMXW (Belgium) - I Don't Wanna Walk Around With You
20) Cortina (Belgium) - Danny Says
21) Huntingtons (USA) - Life's A Gas
22) Daan (Belgium) - Somebody Put Something In My Drink
23) Ramon Da Silva (Hungary) - 53rd and 3rd

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