Album Details

Pop/Rock, New York Punk, American Punk, Punk, Punk/New Wave

Album Review

Between 1976 and 1978, the Ramones could seemingly do no wrong, and It's Alive, the album that preserved their 1977-going-on-1978 New Year's Eve show in London for the ages, captured the pride of Forest Hills at the peak of their form, turning three-chord downstroke into the stuff of magic. By 1990, the band's albums were generally good but not great, and it seemed as if their days of studio glory were behind them. But anyone who ever saw the Ramones live will tell you that right up to the end, they never failed to deliver on-stage, and if Loco Live isn't quite up to the same level as It's Alive, it proves these guys always gave their fans the sweat, muscle, and cool tunes they came to see. The buzz of Johnny Ramone's guitar is still gloriously relentless, Joey yelps like he means it (and if he has a little more to say between songs, most of it's cool), Marky remains King of the Big Beat, and C.J. plays at least as well as Dee Dee (and is nearly as good at yelling "wuntootreeFAH!"). And if the presence of "Mama's Boy," "Someone Put Something in My Drink," and "I Believe in Miracles" don't exactly give Loco Live an edge over the first-three-albums set list of It's Alive, the truth is nearly all the newer songs sound stronger (and faster) on-stage, and the old stuff is, as always, a joy to behold. If you're going to buy a Ramones live album, the blazing It's Alive is the one to get, but Loco Live proves these old soldiers never gave up the fight -- 13 years on, they were still loud and proud, and you can't help but love 'em for it.
Mark Deming, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
  2. Durango 95
  3. Teenage Lobotomy
  4. Psycho Therapy
  5. Blitzkrieg Bop
  6. Do You Remember Rock 'N' Roll Radio?
  7. I Believe in Miracles
  8. Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment
  9. Rock 'N' Roll High School
  10. I Wanna Be Sedated
  11. The KKK Took My Baby Away
  12. I Wanna Live
  13. My Brain Is Hanging Upside Down (Bonzo Goes to Bitburg)
  14. Chinese Rocks
  15. Sheena Is a Punk Rocker
  16. Rockaway Beach
  17. Pet Sematary
  18. Judy Is a Punk
  19. Mama's Boy
  20. Animal Boy
  21. Wart Hog
  22. Surfin' Bird
  23. Cretin Hop
  24. I Don't Wanna Walk Around With You
  25. Today Your Love, Tomorrow the World
  26. Pinhead
  27. Somebody Put Something in My Drink
  28. Beat on the Brat
  29. Ignorance Is Bliss
  30. I Just Want to Have Something to Do
  31. Havana Affair
  32. I Don't Wanna Go Down to the Basement