The album was released on November 4,under the name Rocket to Russiathough it had a working title of Get Well. The back cover art depicts a "pinhead" riding a rocket from the US to Russia. The inside sleeve features cartoon illustrations of each song's basic concept. Compared to the band's previous albums, the songs from Rocket to Russia were more surf music and bubblegum pop influenced.
But similar to their previous releases, the lyrics integrated humor,   specifically black comedy with themes circling mental disorders and psychiatry. The title refers to a neighborhood and beach in Queens which Dee Dee was a fan of, as confirmed by Tommy and Joey.
The song is among the first pieces written by the band and was originally recorded as a demo that was released on Gerbiling - They Came In Droves - Get Out Of Me expanded edition of the Ramones debut album.
The author also suggests that these chords "bump[ed]" into each other until the song's fade-out Cretin Hop - Ramones - Ramones Mania. The song's lyrics depict a dysfunctional family where the father is a lying homosexualthe mother is addicted to prescription drugsthe infant has chills.
The writing also tells of how the family are friends with the President of the United States and the Pope and indicate that the family sells "dope", which is slang for marijuana. Side B of the album begins with "Teenage Lobotomy", which deals with the brain surgical operation lobotomy.
The lyrics outline how this procedure can cause serious consequences Cretin Hop - Ramones - Ramones Mania the brain, with the line "Gonna get my Ph. DI'm a teenage lobotomy. Rocket to Russia was well received by critics, and was often Cretin Hop - Ramones - Ramones Mania a positive review. Many critics appreciated the band's progression of sound quality Cretin Hop - Ramones - Ramones Mania production value, as opposed to the album's predecessors.
Stephen Thomas Erlewinea music critic at AllMusic said that the production "only gives the Ramones' music more force. Critic Robert Christgau reaffirms that the album's content evolved significantly since previous releases. Writing in Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventieshe noted that the album had "something for everyone" and called it a "ready-made punk-rock classic.
Though the band expected the album to spawn a few hit songs, Rocket to Russia sold few records. Features Interviews Lists. Streams Videos All Posts. Recording Date March, - March, Track Listing.
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Namespaces Article Talk. Views Read Edit View history. Over the next 25 years, our suspicions had been confirmed, the Ramones were not just for us. The world outside of Queens Village NY heard the battle cry loud and kids from all over the world promptly rose up! It was glorious to see Dee Dee shoulder to shoulder with Tommy, finally getting their due Cretin Hop - Ramones - Ramones Mania there. Dee Dee's remarks to himself, in front of the rock world, summed up their legacy, "I wanna just say thank you Dee Dee and I love you Dee Dee It was poignant and triumphant for us all over.
The industry types again, tried to be cool that night. They were in shock I am sure because they had dropped the ball on this band for so many years. The Ramones had a simple response in their late acceptance.
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