The Future’s Here Today It’s Not Too Late

Ramones | Brain Drain | Messages to the future …

..Besides the obvious Stephen King influenced commercial hit on the B side I feel this is an underrated, almost forgotten Ramones album. Tough time for the band with Dee Dee about to leave and become King.. (another story later)

Maybe the band was chasing a wider, maybe younger audience in 1989? Something to future proof and a baton to possibly hand to the future CJ? Keep The Ramones brand alive and fresh?.. Dunno …

My favorite tracks: Merry Christmas (I don’t want to fight tonight) | Can’t Get You Out of My Mind | Punishment Fits The Crime | Zero Zero UFO | And the song I connect to the most? I Believe in Miracles ..(FUHK).. what an all encapsulating life message/lesson from Dee Dee and team..seeking inclusion with a sense of urgency…

“I used to be on an endless run | Believed in miracles ’cause I’m one.
I’ve been blessed with the power to survive | After all these years I’m still alive.
I’m out here kickin’ with the band | Oh I’m no longer a solitary man.
Every day my time runs out | Lived like a fool, that’s what I was about…”

Written by Daniel Rey, Dee Dee Ramone, Douglas Colvin • Copyright © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc

As the phoenix in Greek Mythology, maybe the touring (original) Ramones have died… But the Ramones are still pulsating to the back beat, keeping our heads bobbing to distract us from the noise around us…

To keep us (me) youthful in our hearts in a time when we’d all like to rise from the ashes and Believe in Miracles. An optimistic and a feel good message from the boys full of strength, heart, and hope.

CJ Ramone continues to carry and push this banner forward HERE

Thank you

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Keep A Song In Your Heart

 

Through the salts of the Earth a seed breaks through | A hand reaches for the sky
A root | then a branch | Keeps reaching to split from the rest…

There is no time | only Hope

It’s a challenge through all the metals | glass | and battery
Drones in silent motion are in search for human tragedy

A moment is lost in a song & embedded to go on
A heart flutter | chest full of positive light can never be wrong
There is not time | only Hope

Keep reaching to split from the rest
A heart flutter | chest full of light can never be wrong

Push through the distractions
Keep a song in your heart & bloom….

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The Lazaretto ULTRA LP

From my personal Thirdman Records Vault Club collection. Here are some of the features of this vinyl LP:

The Lazaretto ULTRA LP

  • 180 gram vinyl
  • 2 vinyl-only hidden tracks hidden beneath the center labels
  • 1 hidden track plays at 78 RPM, one plays at 45 RPM, making this a 3-speed record
  • Side A plays from the inside out
  • Dual-groove technology: plays an electric or acoustic intro for “Just One Drink” depending on where needle is dropped. The grooves meet for the body of the song
  • Matte finish on Side B, giving the appearance of an un-played 78 RPM record
  • Both sides end with locked grooves
  • Vinyl pressed in seldom-used flat-edged format
  • Dead wax area on Side A contains a hand-etched hologram by Tristan Duke of Infinity Light Science, the first of its kind on a vinyl record
  • Zero compression used in the mastering
  • Different running order from the CD/digital version
  • LP utilizes some mixes different from those used on CD and digital version

More HERE