The Real Ramona

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The Real Ramona
Throwing Muses-The Real Ramona (album cover).jpg
Studio album by Throwing Muses
Released February 18, 1991
Recorded May 13, 1990
Genre Alternative rock
Length 40:10
Label 4AD (UK)
Sire (U.S.)
Producer Dennis Herring
Throwing Muses chronology
The Real Ramona
Red Heaven
(1992)Red Heaven1992
Singles from The Real Ramona
  1. "Counting Backwards"
    Released: January 28, 1991
  2. "Not Too Soon"
    Released: November 4, 1991
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
BBC (very positive)[2]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[3]

The Real Ramona is an album by Throwing Muses. Released in 1991, it was the last album recorded by the band before the departure of founding member Tanya Donelly.

The album marked the end of a time for the band, and a transition into a new one. The band's two heavyweights, Kristin Hersh and Tanya Donelly, had been the anchor holding the entire group down. After this album, Donelly left and formed Belly, taking the bassist on this album, Fred Abong, along with her. Hence, the album can be seen as an epitaph to the early days of the band.

The Throwing Muses' sound is hard to describe, and this record is especially difficult. Despite having the hallmarks of their unfamiliar song structures and Hersh's voice, The Real Ramona's sound has been considered as quite poppy. Though this album was the last to feature Donelly, it carried many of her signature sounds. While she only wrote two songs for this album ("Honeychain" and "Not Too Soon"), the Muses had a jumpier, poppier sound that Donelly kept with her when she moved to Belly.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Kristin Hersh except where noted.

  1. "Counting Backwards" – 3:15
  2. "Him Dancing" – 1:10
  3. "Red Shoes" – 3:33
  4. "Graffiti" – 2:37
  5. "Golden Thing" – 2:25
  6. "Ellen West" – 2:49
  7. "Dylan" – 1:40
  8. "Hook in Her Head" – 6:32
  9. "Not Too Soon" (Tanya Donelly) – 3:09
  10. "Honeychain" (Donelly) – 4:24
  11. "Say Goodbye" – 3:54
  12. "Two Step" (Throwing Muses) – 4:34




  1. ^ Phares, Heather. "The Real Ramona". Allmusic. Retrieved July 16, 2013. 
  2. ^ Lukowski, Andrzej. "The Real Ramona Review". BBC. Retrieved July 16, 2013. 
  3. ^ McDonell, Evelyn (June 27, 1991). "The Real Ramona". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on February 5, 2008.