Road to Ruin (The Mr. T Experience album)

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Road to Ruin
Studio album by The Mr. T Experience
Released 1998
Recorded Foxhound Sound, Oakland, CA
Genre Punk rock, pop punk
Length Approx. 25 min.
Label Clearview Records
Producer Kevin Army
The Mr. T Experience chronology
Revenge is Sweet, and So Are You
(1997)
Road to Ruin
(1998)
Alcatraz
(1999)

Road to Ruin is the eighth album by the Berkeley, California punk rock band The Mr. T Experience, released in 1998 on Clearview Records. The album is a cover of the Ramones' 1978 album Road to Ruin in its entirety.

Background[edit]

Being heavily influenced by the Ramones, The Mr. T Experience had previously released a song about them called "The End of the Ramones" on their 1989 EP Big Black Bugs Bleed Blue Blood.

The Mr. T Experience version of Road to Ruin, released in 1998, between the albums Revenge is Sweet, and So Are You and Alcatraz, marked the first appearance of the band name abbreviated to "MTX" on an album cover. It was also the first album since the 1988 Rough Trade release Night Shift at the Thrill Factory, to not be released through Lookout Records. Although Night Shift at the Thrill Factory, and its predecessor Everybody's Entitled to Their Own Opinion would see later re-issues through Lookout Records, Road to Ruin carries the distinction of being the only album to never see a release through the label.

According to the liner notes, the album was originally released as a tour edition of 300, pressed on half-blue, half-yellow marbled 12" vinyl. The original tour edition also featured a felt, cloth-like front and back cover, separated into two 12" squares. The album was later re-issued on black vinyl with a standard album jacket, limited to a pressing of 1700 copies. To date, it is the only Mr. T Experience album to not see a release on compact disc.

The album is one of several covers of Ramones albums released by punk rock bands in the 1990s. Screeching Weasel released their version of Ramones in 1992, a complete cover of the Ramones first album, and in 1994 The Queers released Rocket to Russia. Both bands are contemporaries of the Mr. T Experience, having played numerous shows together throughout each other's careers. Later, in 2000, the Mr. T Experience EP The Miracle of Shame would include another Ramones homage entitled "Mr. Ramones."

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "I Just Want to Have Something to Do"   Joey Ramone  
2. "I Wanted Everything"   Dee Dee Ramone  
3. "Don't Come Close"   Ramones  
4. "I Don't Want You"   Ramones  
5. "Needles and Pins"   Sonny Bono, Jack Nitzsche  
6. "I'm Against It"   Ramones  
7. "I Wanna Be Sedated"   Joey Ramone  
8. "Go Mental"   Ramones  
9. "Questioningly"   Dee Dee Ramone  
10. "She's the One"   Ramones  
11. "Bad Brain"   Ramones  
12. "It's a Long Way Back"   Dee Dee Ramone  

Personnel[edit]