Ramones Drop Music Video for Road To Ruin’s 40th Anniversary

The Ramones' Road To Ruin turns 40 with a previously unreleased music video and a reissue to prove it.

Some fans think The Ramones reached their peak with their fourth album, Road to Ruin, which turns 40 today. Released on September 21, 1978 through Sire Records, it followed Rocket to Russia, which saw a drop off in album sales, pushing Tommy Ramone to put more time into production. Bassist Dee Dee Ramone snagged the drummer from Richard Hell and the Voidoids, Marc Bell and rechristened him Marky Ramone, leaving Tommy to produce the album with Ed Stasium, with a nod to the Phil Spector sound. With the single “I Wanna Be Sedated” as a lead-off, Road to Ruin was considered Billboard-ready. But it only hit 103 on the charts, 50 notches down from the last record. The Ramones recently dropped a deluxe reissue of the album and found a previously unreleased video of the song “She’s the One.”

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The song promises the band will keep on being the Ramones. The video presents the four in their jeans and leather jacket uniform punching it out in a garage. The reissue features two mixes of the original album.

You can watch and hear the video here:

The Ramones did things they never did on records before, Johnny Ramone played solos, and acoustic guitars. The album included ballads like the country-inflected “Don’t Come Close,” “Questioningly,” and a cover of Sonny Bono’s “Needles and Pins,” which was a huge hit for The Searchers. Joey Ramone sang sweeter than ever before but the band still bashed through songs like “Bad Brain,” “I Wanted Everything,” and “I’m Against It.”

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The Ramones recorded Road to Ruin at Media Sound Studios, a former Episcopalian Church in Midtown Manhattan. The artwork’s came from Gus MacDonald, a fan who penned the band playing out of a lobster claw amp. John Holmstrom erased Tommy and drew in Marky. Joey wrote “I Wanna Be Sedated” in a hospital after he was treated for burns he got from an kettle of boiling water that exploded.

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The new 80-song 40th anniversary deluxe reissue includes acoustic versions and alternate takes of songs, as well as unreleased outtakes “I Walk Out” and “S.L.U.G.,” and ‘Live At The Palladium’ from New Year’s Eve 1979.

Road To Ruin 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition Tracklist

 DISC ONE: Original Mix Remastered

“I Just Want To Have Something To Do”

 “I Wanted Everything”

 “Don’t Come Close”

 “I Don’t Want You”

 “Needles And Pins”

 “I’m Against It”

 “I Wanna Be Sedated”

 “Go Mental”

 “Questioningly”

 “She’s The One”

 “Bad Brain”

 “It’s A Long Way Back”

40th Anniversary Road Revisited Mix

“I Just Want To Have Something To Do”

 “I Wanted Everything”

 “Don’t Come Close”

 “I Don’t Want You”

 “Needles And Pins”

 “I’m Against It”

 “I Wanna Be Sedated”

 “Go Mental”

 “Questioningly”

 “She’s The One”

 “Bad Brain”

 “It’s A Long Way Back”

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DISC TWO: Rough Mixes & 40th Anniversary Extras

“I Walk Out” (2018 Mix) *

“S.L.U.G.” (2018 Mix) *

“Don’t Come Close” (Single Mix)

“Needles And Pins” (Single Mix)

“I Just Want To Have Something To Do” (Basic Rough Mix) *

“I Don’t Want You” (Basic Rough Mix) *

“I’m Against It” (Basic Rough Mix) *

“It’s A Long Way Back” (Basic Rough Mix) *

“I Walk Out” (Basic Rough Mix) *

“Bad Brain” (Basic Rough Mix) *

“Needles And Pins” (Basic Rough Mix) *

“I Wanna Be Sedated” Take 2 (Basic Rough Mix) *

“I Wanted Everything” (Basic Rough Mix) *

“Go Mental” (Basic Rough Mix) *

“She’s The One” (Basic Rough Mix) *

“Questioningly” Take 2 (Basic Rough Mix) *

“S.L.U.G.” (Basic Rough Mix) *

“Don’t Come Close” (Basic Rough Mix) *

“I Wanna Be Sedated” (Backing Track) *

“I Don’t Want You” (Brit Pop Mix) *

“Questioningly” (Acoustic Version) *

“Needles And Pins” (Acoustic Version) *

“Don’t Come Close” (Acoustic Version) *

“I Wanna Be Sedated” (“Ramones-On-45 Mega-Mix!”)

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DISC THREE: Live At The Palladium, New York, NY, December 31 1979

“Blitzkrieg Bop” *

“Teenage Lobotomy” *

“Rockaway Beach” *

“I Don’t Want You” *

“Go Mental” *

“Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment” *

“I Wanna Be Sedated” *

“I Just Want To Have Something To Do” *

“She’s The One” *

“This Ain’t Havana” *

“I’m Against It” *

“Sheena Is A Punk Rocker” *

“Havana Affair” *

“Commando” *

“Needles And Pins” *

“I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend” *

“Surfin’ Bird” *

“Cretin Hop” *

“All The Way” *

“Judy Is A Punk” *

“California Sun” *

“I Don’t Wanna Walk Around With You” *

“Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World” *

“Pinhead” *

“Do You Wanna Dance?” *

“Suzy Is A Headbanger” *

“Let’s Dance” *

“Chinese Rock” *

“Beat On The Brat” *

“We’re A Happy Family” *

“Bad Brain”

 “I Wanted Everything” *

 * previously unreleased

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LP: 40th Anniversary Road Revisited Mix

Side One

“I Just Want To Have Something To Do”

 “I Wanted Everything”

 “Don’t Come Close”

 “I Don’t Want You”

 “Needles And Pins”

 “I’m Against It”

Side Two

“I Wanna Be Sedated”

 “Go Mental”

 “Questioningly”

 “She’s The One”

 “Bad Brain”

 “It’s A Long Way Back”

Oh but now I wanna sniff some glue.