Rocket to Russia
|Rocket to Russia|
|Studio album by Ramones|
|Released||November 4, 1977|
|Recorded||August – September 1977 at Media Sound Studios, Midtown Manhattan|
43:23 (Expanded Edition)
|Label||Sire (US & UK)
|Producer||Tony Bongiovi, Tommy Erdelyi|
|AllMusic (Rhino Records expanded release)|||
|The Rolling Stone Album Guide|||
Rocket to Russia is the third studio album by the American punk rock band The Ramones. It was released on November 4, 1977 through Sire Records. It was their last with original drummer Tommy Ramone. The album incorporates surf rock and other influences. It includes some of the Ramones' best-known songs, including "Sheena Is a Punk Rocker" and "Teenage Lobotomy". In 2003, the album was ranked number 105 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
The album was recorded in late August 1977 at Media Sound studios in Midtown Manhattan. The cost of recording Rocket to Russia was roughly $25,000, which was significantly higher than that of the band's two previous records. At the request of guitarist Johnny Ramone, Punk Magazine editor and illustrator John Holmstrom produced the sleeve art, a cartoonish view of the world from a rocketship with a pinhead, emblematic of the band, grabbing onto it. In 1978, the album peaked at #49 on the Billboard pop albums chart, making it one of the band's most popular releases.
On June 19, 2001, Rhino Records re-released the album. In addition to remastering the tracks from the original album, it included alternate versions of album tracks as well as a B-side.
The album cover artwork is a photo of the band outside the back door of CBGB at the end of Extra Place, a small alley running north from East First Street between Bowery and Second Avenue.
"Sheena Is a Punk Rocker" is one of The Ramones' signature songs.
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"I Don't Care", one of the first songs the band ever wrote, was originally recorded as a demo for their first album, Ramones.
The song "Cretin Hop" was inspired by Cretin Avenue in St. Paul, Minnesota, which is named after former Bishop Joseph Crétin, the Ramones noticed the name while on tour. "Cretin Hop" was played in the onstage fight scene in the punk movie SLC Punk!.
"Rockaway Beach" and "Teenage Lobotomy" were released as downloadable content for the music video game Rock Band.
All songs written and composed by Ramones; except where indicated.
|3.||"Here Today, Gone Tomorrow"||2:47|
|5.||"I Don't Care"||1:38|
|6.||"Sheena Is a Punk Rocker"||2:49|
|7.||"We're a Happy Family"||2:29|
|9.||"Do You Wanna Dance?"||Bobby Freeman||1:52|
|10.||"I Wanna Be Well"||2:28|
|11.||"I Can't Give You Anything"||1:57|
|13.||"Surfin' Bird"||Carl White, Alfred Frazier, John Harris, Turner Wilson||2:37|
|14.||"Why Is It Always This Way?"||2:14|
|2001 Expanded Edition CD (Warner Archives/Rhino) bonus tracks|
|15.||"Needles & Pins" (Early Version)||Sonny Bono, Jack Nitzsche||2:24|
|16.||"Slug" (Demo)||Joey Ramone||2:23|
|17.||"It’s a Long Way Back to Germany" (UK B-side)||2:22|
|18.||"I Don't Care" (Single Version)||1:40|
|19.||"Sheena Is a Punk Rocker" (Single Version)||2:48|
- Joey Ramone – lead vocals
- Johnny Ramone – lead guitar
- Dee Dee Ramone – bass guitar, backing vocals
- Tommy Ramone – drums, producer
- Tony Bongiovi – producer
- Ed Stasium – engineer
- Don Berman – assistant engineer
- Greg Calbi – mastering
- Danny Fields – photography
- John Holmstrom – artwork