Monday, October 8, 2012

The german "Promo only'"

There are at least three Ramones-related "promo only" releases in Germany.
The first one is a LP from 1978 promoting the bands on Sire, The new sound are on Sire records. Ramones have two tracks, Sheena is a punk rocker and Do you wanna dance? The other bands are The Rezillos, The Flamin' Groovies, Richard Hell and the Voidoids and The Dead Boys.
The record has a flip up-sleeve with pictures of the bands along with a the history behind Sire records, all in german. And PROMOTION COPY - Not for sale printed on the back.

Title: The new sounds are on Sire records
Number: Sire/Ariola 26 439 XT
Year: 1978
Country: Germany
Note: Promo only

The second promo came in 1987 and is a bad looking single to promote Halfway to Sanity and the tour the same year. On the back of the sleeve the record company explains that the european tour unfortunately has been partially cancelled because "the drummer Richie Ramone left the band without any explanations" and that "Clem Burke (Elvis Ramone) had to replace him temporarily". This must be the only time Elvis Ramone is mentioned on a official Ramones record sleeve!

Title: I wanna live/Bye bye baby
Number: Upfront 6.14958
Year: 1987
Country: Germany 
Note: Promo only

The last german promo is once again a single to promote a new record, this time Brain Drain, and the german tour in 1989.
It's the only time ever I believe in miracles was released as a single. All screwed up on the flip.
The record is marked with "Unverkaufliche Promotion-single" (Promotion not for sale).

Title: I beliebe in miracles/All screwed up
Number: Chrysalis 112792
Year: 1989
Country: Germany 
Note: Promo only

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