Yes, the Ramones were one of the greatest, best bands of their time, but the single-disc 2002 Rhino compilation Loud, Fast Ramones: Their Toughest Hits is not the place to become acquainted with their legacy. The problem is that it's neither a concise, combustible recounting of their late-'70s heyday, nor is it a good single-disc capsulation of their big tunes from "Blitzkrieg Bop" to "I Don't Wanna Grow Up," or at least "Pet Semetary." Given that this only concentrates on Sire material, it's easy to forgive the absence of MCA material, but it stops somewhat inexplicably in the mid-'80s -- the time that Rhino's Ramones reissue series stopped, circa October 2002, coincidentally enough -- giving this set very little rhyme or reason, especially since it tries to treat the decade or so it covers evenhandedly, which means there are a lot of great songs absent in favor of latter-day, lesser tunes.
01 Blitzkrieg bop 02 Beat on the brat 03 Judy is a punk 04 Gimme gimme shock treatment 05 Commando 06 Glad to see you go 07 Pinhead 08 Rockaway beach 09 We're a happy family 10 Sheena is a punk rocker 11 Teenage lobotomy 12 I wanna be sedated
13 I'm against it 14 I wanted everything 15 I just want to have something to do 16 Rock'n'roll high school 17 Do you remember rockn'n'roll raido 18 The KKK took my baby away 19 Psycho therapy 20 Outsider 21 Highest trails above 22 Wart hog 23 Mama's boy 24 Somebody put something in my drink 25 I wanna live 26 Garden of serenity 27 I beliese in miracles 28 Main man 29 Strength to enudre 30 The crusher