Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Joey Ramone

It was eight years ago today that Joey Ramone died.

Today's clip features the Ramones performing "Baby I Love You" on Top of the Pops in 1980. It is taken from the album End of the Century produced by Phil Spector.

Most hardcore fans and critics despise End of the Century because it contains a more polished "over-produced" sound then their previous records. I prefer it, however - perhaps because it has such a unique sound for a Ramones record.

Spector, not surprisingly, insisted on numerous takes - working the band for 14-15 hour days for almost two weeks straight - reportedly without recording anything. He then pulled a gun on the band when Dee-Dee Ramones tried to leave the sessions.

It was the band's best selling album in the U.S. and the U.K. (where "Baby I Love You" charted as a single).