“Leave Home” by Ramones - album review

TJR says

Whilst albums by Chicago, Eagles and Peter Frampton continued to shift units by the UPS truckload, the second Ramones offering did even worse than their debut, peaking at a lowly #148 in the Billboard charts; so much for justice. Thankfully, there was sufficient adoration from punk fans on both sides of the Atlantic to keep them in hamburgers, with a decent enough demand for vinyl and live appearances. The classics all appear on side 1 with “Glad To See You Go”, a song bassist Dee Dee wrote about the end of his relationship with a volatile and violent girlfriend, and, from what I’ve read, he seems well rid. Seamlessly, “Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment” extols the virtue of therapy for the troubled ones: “Peace and love is here to stay and now I can wake up and face the day, Happy-happy-happy all the time, shock treatment, I'm doing fine”. And so the album continues tongue-in-cheek, left, right and centre, as likely to be paying a visit to Burger King as checking in at the local loony bin. The insanely catchy “Suzy Is A Headbanger”, completely digging on Eddie Cochrane’s “C’mon Everybody”, is next to shine and seems to follow up “Judy Is A Punk” from the debut. Seemingly, real-life scenesters are getting a big-up, although it’s doubtful Suzy’s mum will be too chuffed with her geek label. Cheeky boys.

Closing side 1, “Pinhead” introduces the classic “Gabba Gabba Hey” chant with which the group would be synonymous for the rest of their career. “I don't wanna be a pinhead no more, I just met a nurse that I could go for” sings Joey, as awkward a 6’ 6 icon as ever there was. Does he get the nurse? No. Instead, he finds himself in the company of the deformed characters from Tod Browning’s “Freaks”, who speak in high-pitched (tape-speeded) tones: “Gabba Gabba, we accept you, we accept you, one of us”. At first listen, it’s kinda funny, before the connotations become apparent. As with their debut, the group include one cover, opting for “California Sun” which was made famous by The Rivieras back in ’64. As good as it is, it’s a level below the rest of the set, as is the unremarkable closer, “You Should Never Have Opened That Door”. Mustn’t grumble though – there have been classics galore. And bang-whizz-zap there you have it, 14 songs all over in just 30 minutes. What a lean machine.

The Jukebox Rebel
09-May-2016

A1 [02:10] 9.0.png Ramones - Glad To See You Go (John William Cummings, Jeffrey Hyman, Douglas Colvin, Erdélyi Tamás) Punk
A2 [01:38] 9.5.png Ramones - Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment (John William Cummings, Jeffrey Hyman, Douglas Colvin, Erdélyi Tamás) Punk
A3 [02:15] 8.2.png Ramones - I Remember You (John William Cummings, Jeffrey Hyman, Douglas Colvin, Erdélyi Tamás) Punk
A4 [02:03] 8.8.png Ramones - Oh Oh I Love Her So (John William Cummings, Jeffrey Hyman, Douglas Colvin, Erdélyi Tamás) Punk
A5 [01:56] 8.4.png Ramones - Carbona Not Glue (John William Cummings, Jeffrey Hyman, Douglas Colvin, Erdélyi Tamás) Punk
A6 [02:08] 9.8.png Ramones - Suzy Is A Headbanger (John William Cummings, Jeffrey Hyman, Douglas Colvin, Erdélyi Tamás) Punk
A7 [02:42] 9.2.png Ramones - Pinhead (John William Cummings, Jeffrey Hyman, Douglas Colvin, Erdélyi Tamás) Punk
B1 [02:10] 7.2.png Ramones - Now I Wanna Be A Good Boy (John William Cummings, Jeffrey Hyman, Douglas Colvin, Erdélyi Tamás) Punk
B2 [02:03] 7.7.png Ramones - Swallow My Pride (John William Cummings, Jeffrey Hyman, Douglas Colvin, Erdélyi Tamás) Punk
B3 [02:33] 8.2.png Ramones - What’s Your Game (John William Cummings, Jeffrey Hyman, Douglas Colvin, Erdélyi Tamás) Pop
B4 [01:58] 7.0.png Ramones - California Sun (Henry Glover, Morris Levy) Punk
B5 [01:51] 8.3.png Ramones - Commando (John William Cummings, Jeffrey Hyman, Douglas Colvin, Erdélyi Tamás) Punk
B6 [02:36] 7.2.png Ramones - You’re Gonna Kill That Girl (John William Cummings, Jeffrey Hyman, Douglas Colvin, Erdélyi Tamás) Punk
B7 [01:54] 6.6.png Ramones - You Should Never Have Opened That Door (John William Cummings, Jeffrey Hyman, Douglas Colvin, Erdélyi Tamás) Punk




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