I’m pretty sure that this show was broadcast on KSAN (more on which later). The sound of the recording is pretty good (which would also lend some credence to the KSAN broadcast theory), and Joey gives the station a shout-out at one point (could be because of a simulcast, or it could be due to the fact that KSAN was one of the few stations in the bay area playing The Ramones at the time). Dee Dee’s backing vocals get a little lost in the mix, but his bass is right there (most of the time), as are the all-important “1-2-3-4”s (and the occasional “eine-zwei-drei-vier” – Dee Dee spent part of his time growing up in Germany). The performance is just what you’d expect from The Ramones – tight, fast and loud. Joey has a little fun, stretching out a few syllables (“I’ve gone mental” becomes “I’ve gone may-un-til” at one point), Johnny does his Amazing Human Buzzsaw act, Marky is a metronome, and Dee Dee is, uh, Dee Dee. (For more –much more – on the phenomenon that was The Ramones, go here. Make some coffee first, though.)
I don’t know how much more I really say about the show. I’m not saying that one Ramones show is like any other Ramones show… well, yeah, I am. Sorta. I saw them something like five or six times over the years, and while it was always a good time, it was also one that didn’t usually hold much in the way of surprises. It’s not like they ever stretched out and did the jazz odyssey version of “Blitzkrieg Bop”, y’know. (For which we should all be grateful.) It’s a good record of their set at the time, but I can’t say it’s really all that different from any other live recording of theirs that I’ve heard. If you’re at all interested in the band, you should probably have at least one of their live sets in your collection. You could probably do worse than this one.