Mondo Bizarro

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Mondo Bizarro
Studio album by Ramones
Released September 1, 1992
Recorded February 1992
Genre Punk rock
Length 37:25
Label RadioactiveUS
ChrysalisUK
Producer Ed Stasium
Ramones chronology
Brain Drain
(1989)
Mondo Bizarro
(1992)
Acid Eaters
(1994)
Singles from Mondo Bizarro
  1. "Poison Heart"
    Released: 1992 (1992)
  2. "Touring"
    Released: 1992 (1992)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly B−[2]
Q 3/5 stars[3]
Robert Christgau A−[4]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[5]

Mondo Bizarro (a misspelled version of "Mondo Bizzarro", meaning "Weird World" in Italian) is the 12th studio album by the American punk band the Ramones, released in 1992. It featured their new bassist, C.J. Ramone, who replaced departed member Dee Dee Ramone. Mondo Bizarro was the group’s first studio album in three years, having left Sire Records for a new contract with Radioactive Records. The album was re-released in the UK by the record label Captain Oi! on August 10, 2004, with a bonus track, "Spider-Man".

"Censorshit" was written by Joey Ramone about how rock and rap albums were being censored by the PMRC (Parents Music Resource Center), a group of Washington wives out to put warning labels on records, a practice which has become standard. It has a reference to Ozzy Osbourne and Frank Zappa. Quote: "Ask Ozzy, Zappa, or Me. We'll show you what it's like to be free." The song is addressed to Tipper Gore, wife of former Tennessee Senator and Vice President Al Gore.

"Take It as It Comes" is a cover song, originally recorded by The Doors in 1967. "Spider-Man," While having never appeared on the original release but later as a bonus track on the CD version, is a cover of the theme song from the original Spider-Man animated series. It was originally released as an unlisted Bonus track on the original release of ¡Adios Amigos! (later editions omitted it) and then a completely different version was available on the Saturday Morning compilation in 1995.

Although Dee Dee Ramone had left the band, he provided the songs "Poison Heart", "Main Man", and "Strength To Endure", as payment for bailing him out of jail due to his long drug addiction. When Johnny Ramone was interviewed about the album for the End of the Century documentary, he states, "I don't like it. I don't like it at all." This contradicts a statement from a 1992 interview in an Argentine newspaper, quote: "Generally I always find two or three songs that I hate. From Mondo Bizarro, I really like almost all the songs and I am very satisfied with the result."[6]

Two singles from the album were released; "Poison Heart" was released in June 1992, and Strength to Endure was released that October.

The original "Mondo Bizarro" was the title of a 1966 film sequel to "Mondo Cane".

The album was certified gold in Brazil in 2001.[7]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Censorshit"   Joey Ramone 3:13
2. "The Job That Ate My Brain"   Marky Ramone, Garrett James Uhlenbrock 2:17
3. "Poison Heart"   Dee Dee Ramone, Daniel Rey 4:04
4. "Anxiety"   Marky Ramone, Garrett James Uhlenbrock 2:04
5. "Strength to Endure"   Dee Dee Ramone, Daniel Rey 2:59
6. "It's Gonna Be Alright"   Joey Ramone, Andy Shernoff 3:20
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
7. "Take It as It Comes"   Jim Morrison/John Densmore/Robby Krieger/Ray Manzarek 2:07
8. "Main Man"   Dee Dee Ramone, Daniel Rey 3:29
9. "Tomorrow She Goes Away"   Joey Ramone, Daniel Rey 2:41
10. "I Won't Let It Happen"   Joey Ramone, Andy Shernoff 2:22
11. "Cabbies on Crack"   Joey Ramone 3:01
12. "Heidi Is a Headcase"   Joey Ramone, Daniel Rey 2:57
13. "Touring"   Joey Ramone 2:51
CD Bonus track
No. Title Writer(s) Length
14. "Spider-Man"   Bob Harris/Paul Francis Webster 1:56

Personnel[edit]

Ramones[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Bryce Goggin – assistant engineer
  • Joe Warda – assistant engineer
  • Gary Kurfirst – executive producer
  • Greg Calbi – mastering
  • Ed Stasium – mixing, producer
  • Paul Hamingson – engineer
  • Eugene Nastasi – assistant engineer
  • Garris Shipon – assistant engineer
  • George DuBose – art direction, photography, design

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Year Chart Position
1992 The Billboard 200 190[8]

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart Position
1992 "Poison Heart" Modern Rock Tracks 6[9]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Mondo Bizarro at AllMusic
  2. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  3. ^ Album reviews at CD Universe
  4. ^ Robert Christgau review
  5. ^ Rolling Stone review
  6. ^ Ramone, Johnny.Interview. In Spanish.
  7. ^ "Brazilian album certifications – Ramones" (in Portuguese). Associação Brasileira dos Produtores de Discos. Retrieved April 20, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Billboard album chart history-The Ramones". Retrieved March 2, 2009. 
  9. ^ "Billboard single chart history-The Ramones". Retrieved March 2, 2009.