The Ramones – “Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight)”
During the holidays, couples go to great lengths to put their differences aside and celebrate together; one imagines a lot of breakups have been postponed until Dec. 26. In 1989, the Ramones immortalized such yuletide detente in song with “Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight)” off the punk legends’ eleventh album, Brain Drain. Over a fairly typical Ramones song adorned with some festive synth to lighten the mood, Joey Ramone, who, despite the tough look, was always a bit of a softie, declares, “I love you and you love me, and that’s the way it’s got to be. I loved you from the start, ‘cause Christmas ain’t the time for breaking each other’s hearts.” Funny thing is, he might as well have been singing to his fellow band members, who, according to Dee Dee Ramone, were at each other’s throats at the time. In his autobiography, Lobotomy: Surviving the Ramones, he describes the band’s state of mind during the recording of Brain Drain: “Everybody in the band had problems; girlfriend problems, money problems, mental problems.” It ended up being Dee Dee’s last album with the band.