Ramones

Hey, Ho! Let's Go! Legendary Live Broadcast

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Johnny Ramone once said he finally broke up the Ramones in 1996, after 22 years together, because he thought they should quit before they started to get bad. Ultimately, this album proves that Johnny was keeping quality control standards strong right up to the end; taken from a radio simulcast of a show the Ramones played in Buenos Aires on March 16, 1996, Hey, Ho! Let's Go! demonstrates that the founding fathers of American punk rock were still sounding strong and energetic in their final year. However, even though they give their all for their Argentine fans, this is hardly the ideal live Ramones document; the audio sounds tinny and distorted most of the time and smeary in spots, while an announcer occasionally interrupts the performance, and though the set list offers a good mix of classics and newer material, the average fan would probably rather hear a few dozen deep catalog numbers than "Spiderman" or "Have You Ever Seen the Rain." (And whoever designed the cover either didn't know or didn't care than Dee Dee Ramone, pictured on the front, was long out of the band at this point.) Ramones completists might want to give this a listen, but if you're going to buy a Ramones live album, make it the classic It's Alive rather than this disc, which is barely a step up from a bootleg.

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