Dee Dee King

Standing In The Spotlight

Dee Dee King - Standing In The Spotlight ©1989 Warner Bros.
1. Mashed Potato Time
2. 2 Much 2 Drink
3. Baby Doll
4. Poor Little Rich Girl
5. Commotion In The Ocean
6. German Kid
7. Brooklyn Babe
8. Emergency
9. Crusher
10. I Want What I Want When I Want It

There are artistic missteps and then there are artistic fiascos, the likes of which become pop culture folklore. For instance, Phil Collins' choice of material for his solo records is a shining example of an artistic misstep. Actually, his dependency on lightweight balladry and fluff is borderline fiasco, but definitely worth taunting. But for complete and total musical devastation, almost nothing beats Dee Dee Ramone's solo venture. This is the kind of catastrophe in the studio that rivals the likes of William Shatner singing "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" or anything Hootie & the Blowfish ever recorded.

Renaming himself Dee Dee King and picking up on the rock/rap fusion of the era, Dee Dee put together what is arguably one of the worst albums ever recorded. Standing in the Spotlight was so wretched that apparently the record company aborted its release, realizing what a colossal miscarriage it was. Thus, it automatically becomes a coveted, must-hear album. Sure, you have hip whimpster kids listening to Guns n Roses and Poison in an effort to be ironic, but they have nothing on the horrendous, laughable Dee Dee King. You don't listen to this album for any reason except to possibly have one the biggest laughs of your life. We're talking full on belly laughs and astonishment at precisely how bad music can get. Dee Dee's lethargic delivery of some of the goofiest rhymes ever written is perfect for the half-assed rap/rock hybrid. Sure, there's a "power ballad" in "Baby Doll" and a Ramones-esque song with "Poor Little Rich Girl" (which is actually a song that isn't embarrassing for all involved, including the listener), but overall, it's hard to imagine anyone making a worse record.

Perhaps Dee Dee Ramone was listening to Run-DMC while a neighbor blasted the "Monster Mash" or perhaps drug abuse has far more dire consequences than previously reported. Regardless of the inspiration for this abomination, Dee Dee has at least give pop culture something that is marvellously rotten that you simply must hear it at least once in your life.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 06/2003

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