|1. We Want the Airwaves|
|2. All's Quiet on the Eastern Front|
|3. The KKK Took My Baby Away|
|4. Don't Go|
|5. You Should Like You're Sick|
|6. It's Not My Place (In the 9 to 5 World)|
|7. She's a Sensation|
|9. You Didn't Mean Anything to Me|
|10. Come and Now|
|11. This Business Is Killing Me|
|12. Sitting in My Room|
|13. Touring (1981 Version)|
|14. I Can't Get You Out of My MInd|
|15. Chop Suey (Alternate Version)|
|16. Sleeping Troubles (Demo)|
|17. Kicks to Try (Demo)|
|18. I'm Not an Answer (Demo)|
|19. Stares in This Town (Demo)|
Pleasant Dreams is not without its moments, however, as the Ramones wrung the final morsels of inspiration from their patented one-two-three-four ramalamalama punk ethic. "She's A Sensation" is a deft acknowledgement of their debt to such Spector protegées as the Ronettes and the Shangri-Las that would not have sounded out of place on "End Of The Century", and the wondrously titled "The KKK Took My Baby Away" is one of the Ramones' all-too-rare forays into sociological commentary. --Andrew Mueller
We talked for two hours in front of a highrise Howard Johnsons hotel. Joey was funny in a dark way and very, very angry that A Flock of Seagulls and Men at Work were somehow getting the air play denied to the Ramones' brilliant pop-punk. And he had every right to be dismayed and worse. PLEASANT DREAMS showcases a band that had fully mastered the essence of great pop -- powerful playing combined with killer hooks and a let's-party attitude.
While all of those qualities are in abundant evidence throughout the album, PLEASANT DREAMS is remarkably varied. There's fizzy power pop (IT'S NOT MY PLACE, COME ON NOW, SHE'S A SENSATION), stomping punk (KKK..., EASTERN FRONT), spidery heavy metal (WE WANT THE AIRWAVES) and a big ballad (7-11).
How radio programmers could ignore all this really should be the focus of a United Nations investigation. Hey, if there are any radio DJs out there who went out of their way to NOT play the Ramones (like the ones at WQDR in Raleigh, NC), please explain why. The Ramones got the last laugh (they're in the Hall of Fame and you're not), but you caused'em a lot of grief and denied your listeners some great music.
There are a number of Ramones gems on this albulm. "The KKK..." and "7-11" are classic Joey tunes. "All's Quiet on the Eastern Front" is the mature culimnation of the horror theme of the first four punk albulms. "It's Not My Place" is one of the most catchy, and yet complex, songs that the Ramones ever produced. "We Want The Airwaves" is top-notch rock, and foreshadows some of the brilliant excess of 'Too Tough To Die'. On the other end of the spectrum, Graham Gouldman's production on "She's A Sensation" and "You Sound Like You're Sick" will remind some of 'Century'.
The re-mastering brings out some of the subtleties of the pop production to good effect. After listening to this version, the older release sounds flat and washed-out, an effect that does nothing to compenstate for the restraint Johnny (the guitarist) shows on this albulm. The bonus tracks are exciting for the serious fan. Early versions of "Touring" and "Can't Get You" are satisfying additions to the albulm. The real treat, however, are the Demos left over from the studio session (although it's not nearly all the material originally recorded). Two are Stasium efforts, and, as one would expect, have a classic Ramones sound to them.Read more ›