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Joey's brother Mickey Leigh informed me that he shooked hands with the
staff of Sanctuary
records, making the decision official about releasing an album.
- Album contains 11 song and Don't Worry About Me is
one of the song titles. It's one of my favorite songs on
the album, and is right in the spirit of my brother liking to see people
happy and having fun rather than being sad that he's not with us
anymore. I wanted to use a title that was his own words rather than make
something up myself or use other people's suggestions, told
Mickey in 2002.
TRACKLISTING OF THE DON'T WORRY ABOUT ME:
1) What A Wonderful World (Robert Thiele and George David Weiss)
2) Stop Thinking About It (Joey Ramone and Andy Shernoff)
3) Mr. Punchy (Joey Ramone)
4) Maria Bartiromo (Joey Ramone)
5) Spirit In My House (Joey Ramone)
6) Venting (It's A Different World Today) (Joey Ramone)
7) Like A Drug I Never Did Before (Joey Ramone)
8) Searching For Something (Joey Ramone and Al Maddy)
9) I Got Knocked Down (But I'll Get Up) (Joey Ramone)
10) 1969 (Dave Alexander, James Osterberg, Ron Asheton and Scott
11) Don't Worry About Me (Joey Ramone)
Joey said before that he entered a New York studio in late march, 2000, to
begin recording. Joey was also asked (February 2000) Marky playing drums
for a few songs. Marky played some tracks. Other way the line-up contain
also producer/ guitarist Daniel Rey and
Dictators bassist Andy Shernoff. Drummer Frank Funaro from the Cracker has
also played songs. The Misfits and Captain Sensible guest on other
tracks, and Mickey adds a vocal part to the album-closing Don't Worry
Joey performed some new songs on his "A Pre-CMJ Showcase Party Blowout"
-show at CBGB on October wed. 18, 2000.
SOME CHART POSITIONS OF THE DON'T WORRY
ABOUT ME ALBUM:
- USA: 1st week = 109, 2nd week = 192.
- Finland: 1st week = chart position 25.
(I browsed many charts (+10) and couldn't find other chart positions...)
There are some differences between some album pressings, like in one
pressing font color in front and back sleeve is yellow. In normal
editions font color is red.
After album was released and when you ordered it from
www.ramonesworld.com, you received Joey's CD with it's
release cover PLUS you got the Arturo Vega designed cover that was not
used for free.
From MusicToday.com store was received Joey Ramone poster and a
limited-edtition special CD booklet
SPECIAL 2CD RELEASE IN SPAIN:
There was released a special 2CD Joey Ramone release with a special cover
in Spain in January, 2003. Release is named What A Wonderful Joey
1951-2001. This is
limited to 3000 copies and include Joey's album Don't Worry About
Me and Christmas Spirit... In My House -EP.
DON'T WORRY ABOUT ME DVD WITH
Now is re-released - on USA, November 19th, 2002 -
Joey's album Don't Worry About Me was re-released in DVD Audio 5.1
Surround Sound format on USA, November 19th, 2002.
It plays on all
DVD players. There's extras like What a Wonderful World video, lyrics,
Joey's bio, tribute to Joey by Andy Shernoff (The Dictators' bassist, also
plays on Joey's album) and producer's notes on the recording of the
album. This was informed on www.joeyramone.com, there's also link to the
official press release (requires free Adobe Acrobat
Release party of the Joey's Don't Worry About Me -album was at CBGB
February 19, 2002. It was a private party.
Daniel Rey told following at Rolling Stone -article by Colin Devenish:
"Joey was able to see the project almost all the way through to its
conclusion. It wasn't mixed but all the recording was done. Ironically,
right before he got sick was when he finished the last little bit, and
then I mixed it after he passed. I'm sure he thought about
[death], but he also didn't dwell on it, and I think he was just trying to
be positive. It wasn't anything that he talked about. That's one reason
why the vocals took long, because he wanted to sing when he felt good. I
was basically on call for the last year or two. Whenever Joey was up to
sing, I was there."
I (Jari-Pekka Laitio-Ramone) did long interview with Daniel Rey at his
studio in 2003. Daniel
Ramones albums, Joey's albums, Dee Dee's Zonked album etc. Interview is
in my second book Rock In Peace:
Dee Dee And Joey Ramone.
Here are few samples of interview:
Jari-Pekka: What are your special memories while recording Joey's solo
album Don't Worry About Me?
Daniel Rey: "Joey had been talking about making a solo album for like
ten years. So we were finally in there in the studio and Marky was set
up behind the drums and we were actually recording the first songs. I
could look overat Joey and he was smiling, he was very happy that he
was finally doing it and it was really exciting for him. More exciting
than it had been for the Ramones. Because you know this was something
new, a challenge."
Jari-Pekka: How did and when did you and Joey decide the best time to
record the vocals for his solo record?
Daniel Rey: "Whenever he felt like singing, he would come over to my
house and sing. We recorded it all here in the house and he liked to
work early in the daytime and I liked to work late at night. But it
worked out well.
He liked to just keep coming over to my house and sing a vocal over
again and again and everytime that he sang something good, I would keep
it you know, and eventually it was all very good.
This was Joey's solo album, so he wanted it to be perfect and he didn.t
have any pressure to finish it. There wasn.t any record company or
manager telling him to finish it and we were doing it in our houses, so
it didn't cost any money, Joey took his time and made sure everything
He also tell stories behing Joey's songs and much more of Ramones
and Dee Dee sessions and his history with the Ramones since 1976 in that
special interview which you can find from my book
Rock In Peace:
Dee Dee And Joey Ramone.