Brain Drain (album)

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Brain Drain
Ramones - Brain Drain cover.jpg
Studio album by the Ramones
Released March 23, 1989
Recorded December 1988
Genre Punk rock, hardcore punk[citation needed]
Length 35:02
Label Sire (US)
Chrysalis (UK)
Producer Jean Beauvoir, Bill Laswell, Daniel Rey
Ramones chronology
Halfway to Sanity
Brain Drain
Mondo Bizarro
Singles from Brain Drain
  1. "Pet Sematary"
    Released: 1989
  2. "I Believe in Miracles"
    Released: 1989
  3. "Merry Christmas (I Don't Want to Fight Tonight)"
    Released: 1989
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B[2]

Brain Drain is the 11th studio album by the American punk rock band the Ramones. It was released on March 23, 1989.[1] It is the last release to feature bass player Dee Dee Ramone, the first release to feature Marky Ramone since his firing after Subterranean Jungle, and the last studio album on Sire Records.

About the making of the album, Dee Dee wrote in his autobiography, Lobotomy: Surviving the Ramones:

It was tough recording the Brain Drain album because everyone took their shit out on me. I dreaded being around them. It drove me away — I didn't even end up playing on the album. Everybody in the band had problems; girlfriend problems, money problems, mental problems.


"Palisades Park" is a cover song, originally recorded by Freddy Cannon in 1962.

"I Believe in Miracles" was covered by Eddie Vedder and Zeke for the We're a Happy Family—A Tribute to the Ramones album and is frequently covered by Pearl Jam at their shows.

It contains the single "Pet Sematary", written for the Stephen King movie adaptation of the same name. The single became one of the Ramones' biggest radio hits, and a staple in their concerts during the 1990s.[3]

"Pet Sematary" was covered by German industrial metal band Rammstein as a B-side to their single "Ich will" in 2001. The song is performed live with Clawfinger. It was also performed by the Plain White T's for Frankenweenie (Unleashed). The song was later covered by a psychobilly band, the Creepshow, as a bonus track for their second album, Run For Your Life, in 2008.

In the music videos for "Pet Sematary", Dee Dee Ramone played the bass but in "I Believe In Miracles" and "Merry Christmas (I Don't Wanna Fight Tonight)", C. J. Ramone replaced Dee Dee's position as a bassist. "Merry Christmas (I Don't Want To Fight Tonight)" was covered by Joey Ramone on his second posthumous album ...Ya Know?.

"Merry Christmas (I Don't Want To Fight Tonight)" was included in the movie soundtrack Christmas With The Kranks.[4]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "I Believe in Miracles" Dee Dee Ramone, Daniel Rey 3:19
2. "Zero Zero UFO" Dee Dee Ramone, Daniel Rey 2:25
3. "Don't Bust My Chops" Dee Dee Ramone, Joey Ramone, Daniel Rey 2:28
4. "Punishment Fits the Crime" Dee Dee Ramone, Richie Stotts 3:05
5. "All Screwed Up" Joey Ramone, Andy Shernoff, Marky Ramone, Daniel Rey 3:59
6. "Palisades Park" Charles Barris 2:22
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
7. "Pet Sematary" Dee Dee Ramone, Daniel Rey 3:30
8. "Learn to Listen" Dee Dee Ramone, Johnny Ramone, Marky Ramone, Daniel Rey 1:50
9. "Can't Get You Outta My Mind" Joey Ramone 3:21
10. "Ignorance Is Bliss" Joey Ramone, Andy Shernoff 2:38
11. "Come Back, Baby" Joey Ramone 4:01
12. "Merry Christmas (I Don't Want to Fight Tonight)" Joey Ramone 2:04
Captain Oi! reissue CD bonus track
No. Title Writer(s) Length
13. "Pet Sematary (Bill Laswell Version)" Dee Dee Ramone, Daniel Rey 3:35



Additional musicians[edit]

  • Daniel Rey – bass guitar
  • Jean Beauvoir – bass guitar (performed on at least "Pet Semetary")[5]
  • Andy Shernoff – bass guitar (performed on at least "All Screwed Up" and "Ignorance Is Bliss")
  • Artie Smith – additional guitars
  • Robert Musso – additional guitars


  • Jean Beauvoir – producer
  • Bill Laswell – producer
  • Daniel Rey – producer, musical coordinator
  • Gary "Muddbone" Cooper – production assistant
  • Mark Sidgwick – production assistant
  • Nicky Skopelitis – production assistant
  • Kim White – production assistant
  • Robert Musso – engineer, mixing
  • Martin Bisi – assistant engineer
  • Oz Fritz – assistant engineer
  • Judy Kirschner – assistant engineer
  • Robbie Norris – assistant engineer
  • Jason Corsaro – mixing
  • Howard Weinberg – mastering
  • George DuBose – artwork, coordination
  • Matt Mahurin – artwork


Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1989 The Billboard 200 122[6]

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1989 "Pet Sematary" Modern Rock Tracks 4[7]