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"Don't Worry About Me" is the first and only solo studio album by Joey Ramone. It was released in 2002 on Sanctuary Records and produced by Daniel Rey. Joining Joey on the album was a host of musicians, namely Daniel Rey, Joe McGinty, Andy Shernoff, Marky Ramone, Fran Funaro, Veronica Kofman, Helen Love, Captain Sensible, Al Maddy, Jerry Only, Dr. Chud and Mickey Leigh.
Joey Ramone never lived long enough to see this album released, having sadly died 10 months prior to its release, but it's clear to note while listening to it that he was very sick when writing/recording. The iconic Louis Armstrong song, "What a Wonderful World" kicks everything off, and it's very difficult to not feel emotional when listening to it. Joey gave absolutely everything in the vocals; so much so that I can't listen to any other version again.
A lot of this album has meaning to Joey's life, nothing more than "I get Knocked Down (But I'll Get Up)", which was written when he was going through the worst of the treatment in hospital, as a message that he'd fight all the way. The lyrics are typically Joey, talking of not wanting to be in hospital and how much life meant to him.
There are some cheerful records on this album. "Maria Bartiromo", "Spirit in My House" and "1969" sound like the Ramones are back again, and it's a great tribute to Joey and the Ramones that you could instantly recognise his voice on these songs.
In summary, there will never be another Joey Ramone, but as the title track says "Don't Worry About Me", he would have wanted the fans to enjoy his one and only solo album. I do; you should too.
1. What a Wonderful World
2. Stop Thinking About It
3. Mr. Punchy
4. Maria Bartiromo
5. Spirit in My House
6. Venting (It's a Different World Today)
7. Like a Drug I Never Did Before
8. Searching For Something
9. I Get Knocked Down (But I'll Get Up)
11. Don't Worry About Me
My rating: 9/10
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 What A Wonderful World
2 Stop Thinking About It
3 Mr. Punchy
4 Maria Bartiromo
5 Spirit In My House
6 Venting (It's A Different World Today)
7 Like A Drug I Never Did Before
8 Searching For Something
9 I Got Knocked Down (But I'll Get Up)
11 Don't Worry About Me