¡Adios Amigos!

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¡Adios Amigos!
Ramones - Adios Amigos cover.jpg
Studio album by the Ramones
Released July 18, 1995
Recorded January–February, 1995
Genre Punk rock
Length 33:58
Language English
Label Radioactive US
Chrysalis UK
Producer Daniel Rey
Ramones chronology
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¡Adios Amigos!

¡Adios Amigos! is the fourteenth and final studio album by the American punk rock band the Ramones. It was released on July 18, 1995, through Radioactive Records. The Ramones disbanded a year after its release and the subsequent tour.


¡Adios Amigos! features "Making Monsters For My Friends" and "It's Not For Me to Know" originally recorded by Dee Dee Ramone on his album I Hate Freaks Like You which he did with I.C.L.C., and "The Crusher" from Dee Dee Ramone's short rap career as Dee Dee King, as well as a cover of Tom Waits' "I Don't Want to Grow Up" and a cover of Johnny Thunders song "I Love You."

The Japanese version of the album features the bonus track "R.A.M.O.N.E.S.," originally recorded by Motörhead as a tribute to the Ramones on their 1916 album. The American version of the album features a hidden track, "Spider-Man," slightly different from the same song the Ramones originally recorded for the Saturday Morning tribute album. C.J. Ramone, Dee Dee's replacement, sings lead vocals on tracks two, four, eight and ten, as well as the bonus track "R.A.M.O.N.E.S." Dee Dee Ramone himself appeared on "Born to Die in Berlin," (written by Dee Dee Ramone and John Carco) while singing in German and recorded by phone.

In a reverse decision, many tracks on ¡Adios Amigos! are performed at a slower pace because of Joey's maturing, ailing vocals[citation needed], a factor the band had acknowledged in previous years. In preceding tours the band had originally played faster with negative reviews of the shows being the result.[citation needed]


The album cover of ¡Adios Amigos!, which features two allosaurus wearing sombreros, is a digitally altered version of a painting by artist Mark Kostabi, named Enasaurs, which features the dinosaurs wearing yellow witch hats.[1] The back cover shows the band tied and bound before being executed by a firing squad. The Mexican man seated next to the band is their longtime road manager Monte Melnick.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2.5/5 stars[2]
Entertainment Weekly A−[3]
Punknews.org 4/5 stars [4]
Q 3/5 stars[5]
Robert Christgau (neither)[6]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[5]
Uncut 3/5 stars[5]

¡Adios Amigos! received mixed to positive reviews from several publications such as Rolling Stone and Uncut, being viewed by many fans as a return to form for the band.

The song "I Don't Want to Grow Up", originally composed by Tom Waits, managed to become somewhat of a hit for the group, reaching the top 40 of Billboard's modern rock chart. In contrast to the Ramones' long-running inability to break through single charts, it was a top No. 30 hit on Billboard's modern rock list.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "I Don't Want to Grow Up" Tom Waits, Kathleen Brennan 2:46
2. "Makin Monsters for My Friends" Dee Dee Ramone, Daniel Rey 2:35
3. "It's Not for Me to Know" Dee Dee Ramone, Daniel Rey 2:51
4. "The Crusher" Dee Dee Ramone, Daniel Rey 2:27
5. "Life's a Gas" Joey Ramone 3:34
6. "Take the Pain Away" Dee Dee Ramone, Daniel Rey 2:42
7. "I Love You" Johnny Thunders 2:21
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
8. "Cretin Family" Dee Dee Ramone, Daniel Rey 2:09
9. "Have a Nice Day" Marky Ramone, Garrett James Uhlenbrock 1:39
10. "Scattergun" C.J. Ramone 2:30
11. "Got a Lot to Say" C.J. Ramone 1:41
12. "She Talks to Rainbows" Joey Ramone 3:14
13. "Born to Die in Berlin" Dee Dee Ramone, John Carco 3:32
CD Bonus tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Length
14. "R.A.M.O.N.E.S." (On Japanese edition. C.J. Ramone on vocals.) Motörhead 1:24
15. "Spider-Man" (On U.S. edition.) Paul Francis Webster, Robert Harris 1:56




Year Chart Position
1995 Billboard 200 148[7]


Year Single Chart Position
1995 "I Don't Want to Grow Up" Modern Rock Tracks 30[8]


  1. ^ "Ask Mark Kostabi". artnet.com. Retrieved January 8, 2010. 
  2. ^ ¡Adios Amigos! at AllMusic
  3. ^ "¡Adios Amigos! review". Entertainment Weekly. 
  4. ^ Mitchell T (May 26, 2015). "Ramones - ¡Adios Amigos!". Punknews.org. Retrieved January 8, 2016. 
  5. ^ a b c "¡Adios Amigos! album reviews". CD Universe. 
  6. ^ "Robert Christgau review". 
  7. ^ "Chart History ¡Adios Amigos! The Ramones". Billboard. Retrieved February 20, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Chart History "I Don't Want to Grow Up" The Ramones". Billboard. Retrieved February 20, 2010.