Eternally ours

by

comment
"Hey ho, let’s go" … so begins, in 1976, a rock saga of such unmitigated gall and impact that 96 percent of the rest of R ’n’ R’s output since then is like mosquitoes pissing on a bonfire. But hey (ho), we don’t need to retell that tale here. Enuf to announce the repackaging and rerelease, by Rhino (dog bless ’em), of the first four records (masterpieces) by the Queens quartet, from "Blitzkrieg Bop" (on the self-titled Ramones) to "It’s a Long Way Back," (on Road to Ruin two years later). In those fork-in-socket days of punk, the Ramones were often passed over by rock radio jocks and the rest of the snoozing media in favor of flash and trash. But now we fuck all those creeps in the brain, n’est-ce pas?

The new releases all have mucho bonus tracks (demos, single versions, live cuts), great extra photos, cool essays, detailed session data, etc. And the sound is as you like it, baby. So if you’ve ever waxed nostalgic for "Beat on the Brat," "Pinhead," "Teenage Lobotomy," "Ramona," "Needles & Pins" or "Rock ’n’ Roll High School," and if you miss Joey as much as we at Metro Times do, this is your glue … come on, sniff it.

George Tysh is Metro Times arts editor. E-mail him at gtysh@metrotimes.com.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at letters@metrotimes.com.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Detroit Metro Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Metro Times Press Club for as little as $5 a month.