It's Alive (Ramones album)

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It's Alive
Ramones - It's Alive cover.jpg
Live album by
ReleasedApril 1979
RecordedDecember 31, 1977
VenueThe Rainbow Theatre, London
GenrePunk rock
ProducerTommy Ramone
Ramones live album chronology
It's Alive
Loco Live

It's Alive is the first live album by the American punk band the Ramones. It was recorded at the Rainbow Theatre, London, on December 31, 1977, and released in April 1979. The title is a reference to the 1974 horror movie of the same name. The album was originally released as a 2-LP set and draws material from the Ramones' first three albums. Four concerts during the UK tour were recorded, but the New Year's Eve performance was chosen because ten rows of seats were thrown at the stage after the concert and it was considered the best of the performances at the venue. The concert was also filmed and later released in a truncated form on the DVD It's Alive 1974-1996.

The album was certified gold in Argentina in 1993.[1] It is the only live album by the band that does not begin with "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" or end with "The Ecstasy of Gold".

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[2]
Q4/5 stars[3]
Record Collector5/5 stars[4]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars[5]
Smash Hits8/10[6]
The Village VoiceA−[7]

In 2005, It's Alive was ranked number 279 in Rock Hard magazine's book of The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time.[8]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Ramones, except where indicated.

Side one
1."Rockaway Beach"2:24
2."Teenage Lobotomy"1:55
3."Blitzkrieg Bop"2:05
4."I Wanna Be Well"2:23
5."Glad to See You Go"1:51
6."Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment"1:37
7."You're Gonna Kill That Girl"2:28
Side two
8."I Don't Care" 1:41
9."Sheena is a Punk Rocker" 2:16
10."Havana Affair" 1:35
11."Commando" 1:40
12."Here Today, Gone Tomorrow" 2:55
13."Surfin' Bird"Al Frazier, Sonny Harris, Carl White, Turner Wilson2:20
14."Cretin Hop" 1:46
Side three
15."Listen to My Heart" 1:36
16."California Sun"Henry Glover, Morris Levy1:45
17."I Don't Wanna Walk Around With You" 1:25
18."Pinhead" 2:46
19."Do You Wanna Dance?"Bobby Freeman1:39
20."Chainsaw" 1:29
21."Today Your Love, Tomorrow the World" 1:55
Side four
22."Now I Wanna Be a Good Boy" 2:03
23."Judy is a Punk" 1:14
24."Suzy is a Headbanger" 1:53
25."Let's Dance"Jim Lee2:03
26."Oh, Oh, I Love Her So" 1:40
27."Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue" 1:18
28."We're a Happy Family" 2:07




  • Ed Stasium - engineer
  • Tommy Ramone, Ed Stasium - producers
  • Basing Street Studios Ltd. - mobile recording facilities
  • Greb Cobb, Frank Owen, Jo Yu, Ray Doyle - mobile crew
  • Ramona Janquito, Phil Shrago - studio crew
  • Monte Melnick - tour manager
  • Arturo Vega - lighting
  • Tasco - sound, lighting


  1. ^ "Argentinian album certifications – Ramones – Alive". Argentine Chamber of Phonograms and Videograms Producers.
  2. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "It's Alive – Ramones". AllMusic. Retrieved January 6, 2017.
  3. ^ "Ramones: It's Alive". Q (167): 120–21. August 2000.
  4. ^ Rigby, Paul (May 2009). "Ramones – It's Alive". Record Collector (362). Retrieved January 6, 2017.
  5. ^ Wolk, Douglas (2004). "Ramones". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. pp. 675–76. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  6. ^ Starr, Red (June 28 – July 11, 1979). "Albums". Smash Hits: 25.
  7. ^ Christgau, Robert (February 20, 1996). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved January 6, 2017.
  8. ^ [...], Rock Hard (Hrsg.). [Red.: Michael Rensen. Mitarb.: Götz Kühnemund] (2005). Best of Rock & Metal die 500 stärksten Scheiben aller Zeiten. Königswinter: Heel. p. 102. ISBN 3-89880-517-4.