"Criminal" - Richie Ramone [Soundcloud Audio]

Amanda Whitbeck

by Amanda Whitbeck

Published August 27, 2013

Former Ramones' drummer, Richie Ramone, decided to launch a solo career at the age of 55, and already he has released his first single. "Criminal" is a quick punk song that recalls his work with the influential band in his brief time with them in the 1980s, and Ramone's subsequent 20 year absence from the music scene doesn't seem to have had any effect on the rocker. Loud guitars and drums lead "Criminal," but bitter lyrics like "it's you who caused the pain" are what anchor the song. It's a fantastic track, and a welcome treat for fans in need of some great new punk music.

Luckily, Richie Ramone has more to offer: His first solo album, Entitled, is coming out next month via DC Jam Records. As he told Billboard, "We've had this in the works now for a while and we're really excited about working with DC-Jam to get this out. We put a lot of work in on creating this and we're really proud of it."

Entitled will be released digitally on September 17th, and then will be available on CD and vinyl on October 8th. You can find pre-order options as well as previews of some of the songs on Richie Ramone's official website. The tracklist is available below:

01. Criminal
02. I Know Better Now
03. Entitled
04. Take My Hand
05. Smash You
06. Better Than Me
07. Someday Girl
08. Into the Fire
09. I'm Not Jesus
10. Humankind
11. Vulnerable
12. Forgotten Years


Via Billboard

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