Road to Ruin is the fourth album by the Ramones. It was released on September 22, 1978. It was recorded in May and June of 1978 at Media Sound in New York.
This album shows a more "classic" pop sound as well as a shift to a more serious personality to the music, a theme that would remain in later albums, most notably 1980's End of the Century. The influence of 1960s girl groups is in evidence, as well as the influence of The Byrds on tracks including "Don't Come Close" and the cover of "Needles And Pins", originally by Jackie DeShannon and later a hit for The Searchers
The album also contains the track "I Wanna Be Sedated", one of the band's most popular and beloved tunes.
This is their first album with Marky Ramone on drums, after original drummer Tommy Ramone left due to fatigue from touring. However, Tommy (credited as his birth name, Tommy Erdelyi) stayed to produce Road to Ruin, as well as a brief comeback for 1984's Too Tough to Die.
The album was remastered and released by Rhino Records in June 19, 2001. It also featured bonus tracks, which included alternate versions and demos. Two of the bonus tracks, "Rock 'n' Roll High School (Ed Stasium version)" and "Blitzkrieg Bop/Teenage Lobotomy/California Sun/Pinhead/She’s the One (live)", are from the Rock 'n' Roll High School soundtrack.
All songs written by the Ramones
except where indicated.
- "I Just Want to Have Something to Do" (Joey Ramone) – 2:42
- "I Wanted Everything" (Dee Dee Ramone) – 3:18
- "Don't Come Close" (Dee Dee Ramone) – 2:44
- "I Don't Want You" (Joey Ramone) – 2:26
- "Needles & Pins" (Sonny Bono / Jack Nitzsche) – 2:21
- "I'm Against It" – 2:07
- "I Wanna Be Sedated" (Joey Ramone) – 2:29
- "Go Mental" (Dee Dee Ramone) – 2:42
- "Questioningly" (Dee Dee Ramone) – 3:22
- "She's the One" – 2:13
- "Bad Brain" (Dee Dee Ramone) – 2:25
- "It's a Long Way Back" (Dee Dee Ramone) – 2:20
2001 expanded & remastered CD reissue (Warner Archives/Rhino) bonus tracks
- "I Want You Around (Ed Stasium version)" (Joey Ramone) – 3:02
- "Rock 'n' Roll High School (Ed Stasium version)" (Joey Ramone) – 2:20
Tracks 13-14 first issued on Hey Ho! Let's Go: The Anthology, Rhino #75817 (7/20/99)
- "Blitzkrieg Bop/Teenage Lobotomy/California Sun/Pinhead/She’s the One (live)" – 11:00
From the original soundtrack album Rock 'n' Roll High School, Sire #6070 (4/79). Produced & Engineered by Ed Stadium. Remix Engineer: Joel Soifer
- "Come Back, She Cried A.K.A. I Walk Out (demo)" – 2:21
- "Yea, Yea (demo)" – 2:08
First issued on All The Stuff (And More!) Volume 2, Sire #26618 (7/91). Produced by T. Erdelyi, written by Joey Ramone