Pleasant Dreams Explained

Pleasant Dreams
Type:Studio album
Artist:Ramones
Background:Orange
Released:July 20, 1981
Genre:Punk rock
Recorded:March–April 1981
Length:33:53 (original)
53:15 (Expanded Edition)
Label:Sire
Producer:Graham Gouldman
Last Album:End of the Century
(1980)
This Album:Pleasant Dreams
(1981)
Next Album:Subterranean Jungle
(1983)

Pleasant Dreams is the sixth studio album by the American punk rock band the Ramones. It was released on July 20, 1981 through Sire Records. Pleasant Dreams reached #58 on the US Billboard album charts. It was frowned upon by guitarist Johnny Ramone because to him it sounded "too slick" and is generally viewed as part of the Ramones' pop experimentation. The album's lyrics also closely follow the fallout between Joey Ramone and Johnny Ramone due to Johnny "stealing" Joey's girl.

The cover art of Pleasant Dreams was the first Ramones album cover to not feature an image of the band. Pleasant Dreams is also Ramones' first album to not feature any cover song. Songwriting is credited entirely either to vocalist Joey Ramone or bassist Dee Dee Ramone, as such, this is the only album not to feature an "outside" songwriter.

The album was certified gold in Argentina in 1993 (sales over 30.000 copies). The album was re-released by Rhino Records on August 20, 2002. The re-issue CD booklet included original album cover concept art which incorporated a photograph of the band. The reason this concept was discarded in favor of the final cover art is unknown.

Track listing

  1. "We Want the Airwaves" (Joey Ramone) – 3:22
  2. "All's Quiet on the Eastern Front" (Dee Dee Ramone) – 2:14
  3. "The KKK Took My Baby Away" (Joey Ramone) – 2:32
  4. "Don't Go" (Joey Ramone) – 2:48
  5. "You Sound Like You're Sick" (Dee Dee Ramone) – 2:42
  6. "It's Not My Place (In the 9 to 5 World)" (Joey Ramone) – 3:24
  7. "She's a Sensation" (Joey Ramone) – 3:29
  8. "7-11" (Joey Ramone) – 3:38
  9. "You Didn't Mean Anything to Me" (Dee Dee Ramone) – 3:00
  10. "Come On Now" (Dee Dee Ramone) – 2:33
  11. "This Business Is Killing Me" (Joey Ramone) – 2:41
  12. "Sitting in My Room" (Dee Dee Ramone) – 2:30

2002 Expanded Edition CD (Warner Archives/Rhino) bonus tracks

  1. "Touring" (1981 version) (Joey Ramone) – 2:49
  2. "I Can't Get You Out of My Mind" (Ramones) – 3:24
  3. "Chop Suey" (Alternate Version) (Joey Ramone) – 3:32
  4. "Sleeping Troubles" (Demo) (Ramones) – 2:07
  5. "Kicks to Try" (Demo) (Ramones) – 2:09
  6. "I'm Not an Answer" (Demo) (Ramones) – 2:55
  7. "Stares in This Town" (Demo) (Ramones) – 2:26

Personnel

Additional musicians

Production