|Studio album by the Ramones|
|Released||July 18, 1995|
¡Adiós Amigos! is the fourteenth and final studio album by the American punk rock band the Ramones. It was released on July 18, 1995, through Radioactive Records. The Ramones would soon disband in 1996 after the album's release. Musicians Joey Ramone, Johnny Ramone, and Dee Dee Ramone all died within a decade of the album's release.
¡Adiós Amigos! features "Making Monsters For My Friends" and "It's Not For Me to Know" originally recorded by Dee Dee Ramone on his album I Hate Freaks Like You which he did with I.C.L.C., and "The Crusher" from Dee Dee Ramone's short rap career as Dee Dee King, as well as a cover of Tom Waits' "I Don't Want to Grow Up" and a cover of Johnny Thunders song "I Love You."
The Japanese version of the album features the bonus track "R.A.M.O.N.E.S.," originally recorded by Motörhead as a tribute to the Ramones on their 1916 album. The American version of the album features a hidden track, "Spider-Man," slightly different from the same song the Ramones originally recorded for the Saturday Morning tribute album. C.J. Ramone, Dee Dee's replacement, sings lead vocals on tracks two, four, eight and ten, as well as the bonus track "R.A.M.O.N.E.S." Dee Dee Ramone himself appeared on "Born to Die in Berlin," while singing in German and recorded by phone.
In a reverse decision, many tracks on ¡Adiós Amigos! are performed at a slower pace because of Joey's maturing, ailing vocals, a factor the band had acknowledged in previous years. In preceding tours the band had originally played faster with negative reviews of the shows being the result.
The album cover of ¡Adiós Amigos!, which features two allosaurus wearing Mexican hats, is a digitally altered version of a painting by artist Mark Kostabi, named Enasaurs, which features the dinosaurs wearing yellow witch hats. The back cover shows the band tied and bound before being executed by a firing squad. The Mexican man seated next to the band is their longtime road manager Monte Melnick.
¡Adiós Amigos! received mixed to positive reviews from several publications such as Rolling Stone and Uncut, being viewed by many fans as a return to form for the band.
The song "I Don't Want to Grow Up", originally composed by Tom Waits, managed to become somewhat of a hit for the group, reaching the top 40 of Billboard's modern rock chart. In contrast to the Ramones' long-running inability to break through single charts, the lead-in track "I Don't Want to Grow Up" was a top No. 30 hit on Billboard's modern rock list.
|1.||"I Don't Want to Grow Up"||Tom Waits, Kathleen Brennan||2:46|
|2.||"Makin Monsters for My Friends"||Dee Dee Ramone, Daniel Rey||2:35|
|3.||"It's Not for Me to Know"||Dee Dee Ramone, Daniel Rey||2:51|
|4.||"The Crusher"||Dee Dee Ramone, Daniel Rey||2:27|
|5.||"Life's a Gas"||Joey Ramone||3:34|
|6.||"Take the Pain Away"||Dee Dee Ramone, Daniel Rey||2:42|
|7.||"I Love You"||Johnny Thunders||2:21|
|8.||"Cretin Family"||Dee Dee Ramone, Daniel Rey||2:09|
|9.||"Have a Nice Day"||Marky Ramone, Garrett James Uhlenbrock||1:39|
|11.||"Got a Lot to Say"||C.J. Ramone||1:41|
|12.||"She Talks to Rainbows"||Joey Ramone||3:14|
|13.||"Born to Die in Berlin"||Dee Dee Ramone, John Carco||3:32|
|CD Bonus tracks|
|14.||"R.A.M.O.N.E.S." (On Japanese edition. C.J. Ramone on vocals.)||Motörhead||1:24|
|15.||"Spider-Man" (On U.S. edition.)||Paul Francis Webster, Robert Harris||1:56|
- Joey Ramone - Lead vocals (all but 2, 4, 8, 10)
- Johnny Ramone – Lead guitar
- C. J. Ramone – Bass guitar, backing and lead vocals (2, 4, 8, 10)
- Marky Ramone – Drums
- Dee Dee Ramone - Co-lead vocals (13)
|1995||"I Don't Want to Grow Up"||Modern Rock Tracks||30|
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