Too Tough to Die is the eighth studio album by the American punk rock band The Ramones. It was released on October 1, 1984. It is the first Ramones album to feature new drummer Richie Ramone. It is regarded as a particular triumph for Dee Dee Ramone, who wrote or co-wrote nine of the album's 13 tracks, and it has received positive critical reviews from publications such as the All Music Guide, the album also making it into the Billboard 200 album chart. In his autobiography, Commando,Johnny Ramone stated the album title was in reference to a near fatal beating he received in 1983 that required emergency brain surgery.
The album cover is a cultural reference to the 1971 cult filmA Clockwork Orange; the band appearing back-lit at the mouth of a tunnel echoes the scene in the movie where Alex and his droogs attack a derelict. The instrumental "Durango 95", the first track without lyrics in Ramones history, is also the name of the car driven by Alex in A Clockwork Orange.
The album includes the two Ramones songs, "Wart Hog" and "Endless Vacation", that were sung by Dee Dee Ramone. The lyrics to "Wart Hog" were not allowed to be shown because the record company felt they were too offensive. However, the song became popular among Ramones fans and was later included in the RIAA certified Gold album Ramones Mania.