Mondo Bizarro

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Mondo Bizarro
Ramones - Mondo Bizarro cover.jpg
Studio album by the Ramones
Released September 1, 1992
Recorded February 1992
Studio The Magic Shop (New York, New York)
Genre Punk rock
Length 37:25
Label RadioactiveUS
ChrysalisUK
Producer Ed Stasium
Ramones chronology
Brain Drain
(1989)
Mondo Bizarro
(1992)
Acid Eaters
(1993)
Singles from Mondo Bizarro
  1. "Poison Heart"
    Released: 1992
  2. "Touring"
    Released: 1992
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[1]
Entertainment WeeklyB−[2]
Q3/5 stars[3]
Robert ChristgauA−[4]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[5]

Mondo Bizarro (a misspelled version of "Mondo Bizzarro", meaning "Weird World" in Italian) is the twelfth studio album by the American punk band the Ramones, released in 1992. It is the first to feature their new bassist, C.J. Ramone, who replaced departed member Dee Dee Ramone. The album was re-released in the UK by the record label Captain Oi! on August 10, 2004, with a bonus track, "Spider-Man".

Background[edit]

Mondo Bizarro was the group’s first studio album in three years, having left Sire Records for a new contract with Radioactive Records. The original "Mondo Bizarro" was the title of a 1966 film sequel to "Mondo Cane". Two singles from the album were released; "Poison Heart" was released in June 1992, and Strength to Endure was released that October.

Although Dee Dee Ramone had left the band, he provided the songs "Poison Heart", "Main Man", and "Strength To Endure", as payment for bailing him out of jail due to his long drug addiction.

When Johnny Ramone was interviewed about the album for the End of the Century documentary, he states, "I don't like it. I don't like it at all." This contradicts a statement from a 1992 interview in an Argentine newspaper, quote: "Generally I always find two or three songs that I hate. From Mondo Bizarro, I really like almost all the songs and I am very satisfied with the result."[6]

The album was certified gold in Brazil in 2001.[7]

Composition[edit]

The song "Censorshit" was written by Joey Ramone about how rock and rap albums were being censored by the Parents Music Resource Center, a group of Washington wives out to put warning labels on records, a practice which has become standard. It has a reference to Ozzy Osbourne and Frank Zappa. Quote: "Ask Ozzy, Zappa, or Me. We'll show you what it's like to be free." The song is addressed to Tipper Gore, wife of former Tennessee Senator and Vice President Al Gore.

"Take It as It Comes" is a cover song, originally recorded by The Doors in 1967. "Spider-Man," while having never appeared on the original release but later as a bonus track on the CD version, is a cover of the theme song from the original Spider-Man animated series. It was originally released as an unlisted Bonus track on the original release of ¡Adios Amigos! (later editions omitted it) and then a completely different version was available on the Saturday Morning compilation in 1995.

"Heidi is a Headcase" was written by Joey Ramone and Daniel Rey. According to an interview on the podcast "Ramones of the Day," CJ Ramone stated the song is about a girl named Heidi who both Joey and CJ dated for a period of time.[8]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Censorshit"Joey Ramone3:13
2."The Job That Ate My Brain"Marky Ramone, Garrett James Uhlenbrock2:17
3."Poison Heart"Dee Dee Ramone, Daniel Rey4:04
4."Anxiety"Marky Ramone, Garrett James Uhlenbrock2:04
5."Strength to Endure"Dee Dee Ramone, Daniel Rey2:59
6."It's Gonna Be Alright"Joey Ramone, Andy Shernoff3:20
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
7."Take It as It Comes"Jim Morrison, John Densmore, Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek2:07
8."Main Man"Dee Dee Ramone, Daniel Rey3:29
9."Tomorrow She Goes Away"Joey Ramone, Daniel Rey2:41
10."I Won't Let It Happen"Joey Ramone, Andy Shernoff2:22
11."Cabbies on Crack"Joey Ramone3:01
12."Heidi Is a Headcase"Joey Ramone, Daniel Rey2:57
13."Touring"Joey Ramone2:51
Captain Oi! CD Bonus track
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
14."Spider-Man"Bob Harris, Paul Francis Webster1:56

Personnel[edit]

Ramones

Additional musicians

Additional personnel

  • Bryce Goggin – assistant engineer
  • Joe Warda – assistant engineer
  • Gary Kurfirst – executive producer
  • Greg Calbi – mastering
  • Ed Stasium – mixing, producer
  • Paul Hamingson – engineer
  • Eugene Nastasi – assistant engineer
  • Garris Shipon – assistant engineer
  • George DuBose – art direction, photography, design

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Year Chart Position
1992 The Billboard 200 190[9]

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart Position
1992 "Poison Heart" Modern Rock Tracks 6[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mondo Bizarro at AllMusic
  2. ^ "Mondo Bizarro - EW.com". Retrieved 1 October 2016. 
  3. ^ "Ramones - Mondo Bizarro CD Album". Retrieved 1 October 2016. 
  4. ^ "Robert Christgau: CG: ramones". Retrieved 1 October 2016. 
  5. ^ "Mondo Bizarro". Retrieved 1 October 2016. 
  6. ^ Ramone, Johnny.Interview Archived 2006-10-14 at the Wayback Machine.. In Spanish.
  7. ^ "Brazilian album certifications – Ramones" (in Portuguese). Associação Brasileira dos Produtores de Discos. Retrieved April 20, 2014. 
  8. ^ Ramone, CJ (28 September 2016). "Ramones of the Day Podcast". Ramones of the Day. Retrieved 29 September 2016. 
  9. ^ "Billboard album chart history-The Ramones". Retrieved March 2, 2009. 
  10. ^ "Billboard single chart history-The Ramones". Retrieved March 2, 2009.