You heard right. A new solo album by deceased Ramones lead singer Joey Ramone proves you can’t keep a good man down. Joey who died in 2001, will be releasing his 2nd posthumous record entitled “…ya know?” on May 22nd.
The 15 never-before-heard songs were culled from unreleased recordings and demos written and sung by Ramone during the last 15 years of his life. The Ramones are considered to be one of most important punk rock bands of all time, although their music included elements of pop, surf, bubblegum and plain old hard rock.
Joey’s brother Mickey Leigh pulled the compilation together and enlisted the perfectly-suited Ed Stasium to produce. Stasium has worked on numerous punk and new-wave classics with the Talking Heads, Smithereens, Marshall Crenshaw, The Long Ryders, Soul Asylum, Julian Cope, and Hoodoo Gurus, as well as a few of the best Ramones albums – Leave Home, Rocket to Russia and Road to Ruin.
And just take a look at a few of the guest artists who appear on “…ya know?”: Joan Jett, Little Steven Van Zandt, Bun E. Carlos (Cheap Trick), Dennis Diken (Smithereens) Lenny Kaye (Patti Smith) Holly Vincent, Andy Shernoff (Dictators) and former Ramones drummer Richie Ramone.
The record shows Joey at his most heartfelt – with his roots in ’60s Spectorish pop music. Here are a few previews:
01 Rock ‘n Roll Is The Answer, 02 Going Nowhere Fast, 03 New York City
04 Waiting For That Railroad, 05 I Couldn’t Sleep, 06 What Did I Do To Deserve You, 07 Seven Days Of Gloom, 08 Eyes Of Green, 09 Party Line, 10 Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight), 11 21st Century Girl, 12 There’s Got To Be More To Life, 13 Make Me Tremble, 14 Cabin Fever, 15 Life’s A Gas