!Adios Amigos!

¡Adios Amigos!
Ramones - Adios Amigos cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 18, 1995
RecordedJanuary–February 1995
GenrePunk rock
Length33:58
LabelRadioactive, Chrysalis
ProducerDaniel Rey
Ramones chronology
Acid Eaters
(1993)
¡Adios Amigos!
(1995)

¡Adios Amigos! is the fourteenth and final studio album by the American punk rock band the Ramones. It was released on July 18, 1995, through Radioactive Records. The Ramones disbanded a year after its release and the subsequent tour.

Background[]

While bassist and songwriter Dee Dee Ramone had left the band following 1989's Brain Drain, ¡Adios Amigos! features three of his compositions: "The Crusher" was originally recorded for his debut solo album Standing in the Spotlight (a rap album released under the name Dee Dee King), while "Making Monsters for My Friends" and "It's Not For Me to Know" were originally recorded for the album I Hate Freaks Like You, which he performed with I.C.L.C. ¡Adios Amigos! also contains cover versions of Tom Waits' "I Don't Want to Grow Up" and Johnny Thunders' "I Love You."

The Japanese version of the album features the bonus track "R.A.M.O.N.E.S.," originally recorded by Motörhead as a tribute to the Ramones on their 1916 album. The American version of the album features a hidden track, "Spider-Man," slightly different from the version the Ramones originally recorded for the Saturday Morning tribute album. C.J. Ramone sings lead vocals on tracks two, four, eight and ten, as well as the bonus track "R.A.M.O.N.E.S." Dee Dee Ramone makes his first appearance on a Ramones album since 1989 during the bridge of the song "Born to Die in Berlin," singing in German and recorded via telephone.

Artwork[]

The album cover of ¡Adios Amigos!, which features two Allosaurus wearing sombreros, is a digitally altered version of a painting by artist Mark Kostabi, named Enasaurs, which features the dinosaurs wearing yellow witch hats.[1] Johnny Ramone added that the dinosaurs were "what we felt like," possibly referring to the band's decline in popularity at the time.[2] The back cover shows the band tied and bound before being executed by a firing squad. The Mexican man seated next to the band is their longtime road manager Monte Melnick.

Reception[]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[3]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[4]
Punknews.org4/5 stars [5]
Q3/5 stars[6]
Robert Christgau(neither)[7]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[6]
Uncut3/5 stars[6]

¡Adios Amigos! received mixed to positive reviews from several publications such as Rolling Stone and Uncut, being viewed by many fans as a return to form for the band.

In contrast to the Ramones' long-running inability to break through on singles charts, the band's cover of Tom Waits' "I Don't Want to Grow Up" managed to become somewhat of a hit for the group, breaching the top 40 of Billboard's modern rock chart and peaking at #30.

Track listing[]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."I Don't Want to Grow Up" (Tom Waits cover)Tom Waits, Kathleen Brennan2:46
2."Makin Monsters for My Friends"Dee Dee Ramone, Daniel Rey2:35
3."It's Not for Me to Know"Dee Dee Ramone, Daniel Rey2:51
4."The Crusher"Dee Dee Ramone, Daniel Rey2:27
5."Life's a Gas"Joey Ramone3:34
6."Take the Pain Away"Dee Dee Ramone, Daniel Rey2:42
7."I Love You" (Johnny Thunders cover)Johnny Thunders2:21
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
8."Cretin Family"Dee Dee Ramone, Daniel Rey2:09
9."Have a Nice Day"Marky Ramone, Garrett James Uhlenbrock1:39
10."Scattergun"C.J. Ramone2:30
11."Got a Lot to Say"C.J. Ramone1:41
12."She Talks to Rainbows"Joey Ramone3:14
13."Born to Die in Berlin"Dee Dee Ramone, John Carco3:32
Unlisted/hidden track on 1995 American version initial releases
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
14."Spiderman"Paul Francis Webster, Robert Harris1:56
1995 Japanese ion & 2004 Captain Oi! CD Bonus track
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
14."R.A.M.O.N.E.S." (Motörhead cover)Motörhead1:24

Personnel[]

Charts[]

Album[]

Year Chart Position
1995 Billboard 200 148[8]

Singles[]

Year Single Chart Position
1995 "I Don't Want to Grow Up" Modern Rock Tracks 30[9]

References[]

  1. ^ "Ask Mark Kostabi". artnet.com. Retrieved January 8, 2010.
  2. ^ Ramone, Johnny. "Johnny Ramone Grades the Ramones". New York Entertainment. Retrieved 14 March 2019.
  3. ^ ¡Adios Amigos! at AllMusic
  4. ^ "¡Adios Amigos! review". Entertainment Weekly.
  5. ^ Mitchell T (May 26, 2015). "Ramones - ¡Adios Amigos!". Punknews.org. Retrieved January 8, 2016.
  6. ^ a b c "¡Adios Amigos! album reviews". CD Universe.
  7. ^ "Robert Christgau review".
  8. ^ "Chart History ¡Adios Amigos! The Ramones". Billboard. Retrieved February 20, 2010.
  9. ^ "Chart History "I Don't Want to Grow Up" The Ramones". Billboard. Retrieved February 20, 2010.