RICHIE RAMONE: “Not Afraid” b/w “Cry Little Sister”: 7”

May 24, 2022

It’s not lost on me that we’re in 2022 and I get to review a new record from a Ramone. That’s pretty rad. The A side is catchy, high intensity rock’n’roll I’d expect from one with that chosen surname. Bear with me here; the chorus reminds me of Murder City Devils’ “I Drink the Wine.” There’s a cadence and melody I can hear in both choruses, but tonally they are not analogous. I also really like the backing vocals from bassist Clare Misstake. Now please prepare yourself for the B side. Flip this record over and you enter a world of clove cigarettes, big hair, and heavy eyeliner. “Cry Little Sister” is an epic ’80s ballad written for today. Richie belts out the titular lyrics with incredible gusto. It was written for a movie called Protege Moi in which Richie Ramone plays the Vampire King. I’m now canceling my Saturday night plans to watch this flick. –Kayla Greet (Outro,