Wednesday, February 22, 2012

A new Joey Ramone album will be released, and you will probably want to hear it

From Punk Magazine 1978 (via Eat Tarantula)
It's no secret that I'm a massive fan of all things Ramones. Regardless of the amount of material I already own of the group, I'm always game to hear previously unreleased material from the quintessential punk band from Forest Hills, Queens. That's why news that a recently unearthed album's worth of demos recorded by Joey Ramone is pretty exciting. Rolling Stone reports that Joey's posthumous follow up to 2002's Don't Worry About Me, entitled Ya Know? (a reference to how Joey ended practically every sentence with those words) will include 17 songs recorded by the iconic frontman as demos for and after the Ramones, including tracks "Rock & Roll Is The Answer," "New York City," and "Waiting For The Railroad."

Many of these songs were unfinished works that have been in limbo for the past decade following Joey's death in 2001, so long-time Ramones producers Ed Stasium and Jean Beauvoir recruited musicians such as Joan Jett, Steven Van Zandt, Richie Ramone and members of Cheap Trick and The Dictators to complete them. Ya Know? will be released on May 15, preceded by a Record Store Day 7" release of one of the album's singles.

Below, check out performances of "Rock & Roll Is The Answer" and "New York City" from the most recent annual Joey Ramone Birthday Bash, as well as a live acoustic version of "Waiting For That Railroad" performed by Joey in 1987 at West Bank Cafe...

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