Animal Boy

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Animal Boy
Studio album by Ramones
Released May 19, 1986
Recorded December 1985
Genre Punk rock
Length 31:44
Language English
Label Sire
Producer Jean Beauvoir
Ramones chronology
Too Tough to Die
(1984)
Animal Boy
(1986)
Halfway to Sanity
(1987)
Singles from Animal Boy
  1. "Bonzo Goes to Bitburg"
    Released: 1985 (1985)
  2. "Somebody Put Something in My Drink"
    Released: 1985 (1985)
  3. "Something to Believe In"
    Released: 1985 (1985)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B+[2]
Rolling Stone (favorable)[3]

Animal Boy is the ninth studio album by the American punk band the Ramones. It featured the songs "My Brain Is Hanging Upside Down (Bonzo Goes to Bitburg)", written as a protest of President Ronald Reagan's visit to the Bitburg cemetery in West Germany;[1] "Somebody Put Something in My Drink", written by Richie Ramone, the band's drummer from 1983–1987; and "Love Kills", Dee Dee Ramone's ode to deceased friend Sid Vicious.[3]

Three songs on the album were co-written by Jean Beauvoir, formerly of the Plasmatics.

The music video for the song "Something to Believe In" featured a mock charitable event entitled "Hands Across Your Face", a parody of Hands Across America.[4][5]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Somebody Put Something in My Drink"   Richie Ramone 3:23
2. "Animal Boy"   Dee Dee Ramone, Johnny Ramone 1:50
3. "Love Kills"   Dee Dee Ramone 2:19
4. "Apeman Hop"   Dee Dee Ramone 2:02
5. "She Belongs to Me"   Dee Dee Ramone, Jean Beauvoir 3:54
6. "Crummy Stuff"   Dee Dee Ramone 2:06
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
7. "My Brain Is Hanging Upside Down (Bonzo Goes to Bitburg)"   Joey Ramone, Dee Dee Ramone, Jean Beauvoir 3:55
8. "Mental Hell"   Joey Ramone 2:38
9. "Eat That Rat"   Dee Dee Ramone, Johnny Ramone 1:37
10. "Freak of Nature"   Dee Dee Ramone, Johnny Ramone 1:32
11. "Hair of the Dog"   Joey Ramone 2:19
12. "Something to Believe In"   Dee Dee Ramone, Jean Beauvoir 4:09

Covers[edit]

Personnel[edit]

Ramones[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Jean Beauvoir - Producer, Co-Mixer
  • Jorge Esteban- Engineer
  • Grant Gillett- Assistant Engineer
  • Anders Oredson- Co-Mixer

Charts[edit]

Album

Year Chart Position
1986 Billboard 200 143[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Animal Boy - Ramones". AllMusic. Retrieved 14 August 2009. 
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "CG: Ramones". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 14 August 2009. 
  3. ^ a b Rolling Stone review
  4. ^ "Hands Across Your Face". Rhino. Retrieved 14 August 2009. 
  5. ^ Doherty, Brian; Gillespie, Nick (August–September 2001). "I Dreamed I Saw Joey Ramone Last Night: The P.C. eulogizing of a punk rocker". Reason. Reason Foundation. Archived from the original on 6 August 2009. Retrieved 14 August 2009. 
  6. ^ "Animal Boy". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Archived from the original on 7 August 2009. Retrieved 14 August 2009.