After The Ramones fizzled out in 1996, Joey Ramone continued to work on music material that would eventually become the Don’t Worry About Me album. It was released a year after his passing from lymphoma in 2002. Later that year, Sanctuary Records had released a five-track holiday CD of more solo work called Christmas Spirit…In My House. Two of the five songs though, are Christmas related. Ramone, whose real name was Jeffrey Hyman, and was raised Jewish and celebrated both Hanukkah and Christmas, the latter because his family thought it was an American holiday rather than a Christian holiday. Performing Christmas songs were an homage to the past.
Ramone covers Darlene Love’s “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” with Ronnie Spector adding harmonies. That classic Wall of Sound technique was replaced with guitars, Joey’s deep voice and the classic sound that The Ramones once played. The second Christmas track is a slow and sad version of “Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight).”
Outside of the Christmas tracks, Joey Ramone provided enough spirit in these songs to add a little something to the holiday season.