Excerpts from an extensive history of the RAMONES' "Brain Drain" album, written by music journalist Joel Gausten, are now available online at this location. The complete chapter on the album will appear in Gausten's upcoming book, titled "Albums that (Should’ve) Changed the World". The complete RAMONES chapter includes exclusive commentary from former RAMONES drummer Marc "Marky" Bell and producers Daniel Rey and Bill Laswell, as well as never-before-revealed details behind the recording of the album. "Albums that (Should've) Changed the World" also features exclusive interviews with past/present members of KISS, BLACK SABBATH, NAPALM DEATH, AEROSMITH, THIN LIZZY, PRONG, DANZIG, PLASMATICS, MISFITS, SAMHAIN and many others.
"Although the RAMONES are justly credited as one of the major players in American alternative music, it is rare to find an examination of anything beyond their '70s output," explains Gausten. "When 'Brain Drain' was released in 1989, the time was finally right for the RAMONES to break through to mainstream music buyers. At the time, the band had the theme song to a major motion picture (Stephen King's 'Pet Sematary'), their world tour was receiving substantial coverage on MTV and they were working with a world-renowned producer (Bill Laswell). But once again, the band failed to meet expectations, despite releasing their best work in a decade. This chapter explains why."
Joel Gausten is the author of the books The Undead" and "Prong: The Early Years". Information on both books is available at this location.
"Albums that (Should’ve) Changed the World" is slated for a late 2007/early 2008 release.