YOUTH GONE MAD

"Featuring Dee Dee Ramone" (Trend is Dead!; 2002)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Strange little punk album featuring one of the all-time legends, the late Dee Dee Ramone. This CD is mostly Ramones-style punk, with raw chord progression, rough vocals and hook-laden choruses and, in fact, includes a new version of the Ramones classics "Blitzkrieg Bop," plus a vicious cover of "Twist and Shout."

Sadly, Dee Dee passed away during the recording of this CD and the ghoulishy titled, "Dee Dee Deceased" was recorded afterward as the band's way of saying goodbye. 

Other highlights include the strange "Horror Hospital," the cool "Sheena is a Surf Punk" and the country-ish "Stinky Punk."

Not as enjoyable as anything the Ramones ever recorded but better than most other punk rock out there today, Youth Gone Wild "Featuring Dee Dee Ramone" is still a hell of an intriguing listen.

Youth Gone Mad: Paul Kostabi - guitar, vocals, drums, bass, farfisa, melodica; Dee Dee Ramone - guitar, backing vocals, bass, lead vocals on "False Alarm" and "Horror Hospital"; Barbara Zampini - bass, guitar; Tony Mann - drums; Fenton Lawless - guitar, vocals; Mike Solis - guitar, Steve Gabe, Ron Allaire - guitars.

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.


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