Halfway to Sanity

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Halfway to Sanity
Studio album by Ramones
Released September 15, 1987
Recorded April 1987
Genre Punk rock
Length 29:53
Language English
Label Sire, Beggars Banquet Records
Producer Daniel Rey, The Ramones
Ramones chronology
Animal Boy
(1986)
Halfway to Sanity
(1987)
Brain Drain
(1989)
Singles from Halfway to Sanity
  1. "Real Cool Time" b/w "Indian Giver"
    Released: September 1987 (1987-09)
  2. "I Wanna Live" b/w "Merry Christmas (I Don't Want To Fight Tonight)"
    Released: November 1987 (1987-11)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 1.5/5 stars[1]
Punknews.org 1/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau C+[3]

Halfway to Sanity is the tenth studio album by American punk band the Ramones. It was released on September 15, 1987, and the last album to feature Richie Ramone. Halfway to Sanity features the songs "I Wanna Live" and "Garden of Serenity", which were later remastered on the Ramones compilation Loud, Fast Ramones: Their Toughest Hits.

Debbie Harry of Blondie provides backing vocals on "Go Lil' Camaro Go", and Dee Dee Ramone sings lead vocals on "I Lost My Mind".

"A Real Cool Time" almost certainly features a melodic homage to Cheap Trick's "So Good to See You" from their 1977 In Color album. Joey and Cheap Trick shared a mutual admiration and they played Joey's posthumous birthday party show in 2001.

"I Wanna Live", the album's opening track, was on the soundtrack to the 2006 video game Tony Hawk's Project 8.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "I Wanna Live"   Dee Dee Ramone, Daniel Rey 2:36
2. "Bop 'Til You Drop"   Dee Dee Ramone, Johnny Ramone 2:09
3. "Garden of Serenity"   Dee Dee Ramone, Daniel Rey 2:35
4. "Weasel Face"   Dee Dee Ramone, Johnny Ramone 1:49
5. "Go Lil' Camaro Go"   Dee Dee Ramone 2:00
6. "I Know Better Now"   Richie Ramone 2:37
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
7. "Death of Me"   Joey Ramone 2:39
8. "I Lost My Mind"   Dee Dee Ramone, Johnny Ramone 1:33
9. "A Real Cool Time"   Joey Ramone 2:38
10. "I'm Not Jesus"   Richie Ramone 2:52
11. "Bye Bye Baby"   Joey Ramone 4:33
12. "Worm Man"   Dee Dee Ramone 1:52

Personnel[edit]

Ramones[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Jorge Esteban - Engineer
  • Howard Shillingford - Assistant Engineer
  • DJ Walker - Assistant Engineer
  • Joe Blaney - Mixer

Charts[edit]

Chart (1987) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[4] 172

References[edit]

  1. ^ Halfway to Sanity at AllMusic
  2. ^ darnyeller (25 September 2007) Ramones Halfway to Sanity review on Punknews.org. Retrieved 4 July 2014.

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  3. ^ "Robert Christgau review". 
  4. ^ "Billboard album chart history-The Ramones". Retrieved March 2, 2009.