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Various: We're a Happy Family: A Tribute To The RamonesWe're a Happy Family: A Tribute To The Ramones (2003)
Sony Music Entertainment

Reviewer Rating: 0.5
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Another tribute record. For some strange reason I feel obligated to buy these, despite constantly being disappointed. The Clash, Sex Pistols, Nirvana, and Weezer all had tribute albums that, if anything, were a disgrace to the music the respective bands had created. Operation Ivy's tribute was th.
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Another tribute record. For some strange reason I feel obligated to buy these, despite constantly being disappointed. The Clash, Sex Pistols, Nirvana, and Weezer all had tribute albums that, if anything, were a disgrace to the music the respective bands had created. Operation Ivy's tribute was the only one that did the band any justice, and even that was a stretch.

Despite this, however, I bought The Ramones tribute album anyway. I'd like to declare this $15 purchase the biggest waste of money in my 20 year life. As an avid music collector with over 500 CDs, it would take a lot to be considered the "worst album I own". Yet this one easily takes the cake.

Here we go, track by track.

1. Red Hot Chili Peppers "Havana Affair" - With all due respect to RHCP, they took this song and made it their own. Within seconds of the track, you recognize the Chili Peppers signature sound. However, a standard Chili Peppers song, only it's a Ramones song? RHCP's formula doesn't work well here and this song fails to do the legacy of The Ramones any justice.

2. Rob Zombie "Blitzkreig Bop" - Zombie, as one of the album's producers (along with Johnny Ramone), naturally covered The Ramones' most well-known song. Unfortunately, all he did was butcher a classic. Nothing special going on here at all.

3. Eddie Vedder w/ Zeke "I Believe in Miracles" - Why is Eddie Vedder so hell bent on proving he's "cool" and "young"? Nothing awful going on here, but nothing significant either. Just knowing it's Eddie Vedder, however, makes me skip it.

4. Metallica "53rd & 3rd" - Now here is an awful song. Basically just slow, heavy noise. Imagine a brand new garage rock band plugged in next door to you and were playing an irritatingly simple song over and over again. That's what this song feels like.

5. U2 "Beat on the Brat" - Decent song with the exception of the vocals. I'm glad the bands are trying to make the songs their own and not just rip off The Ramones, but Bono's voice is in a total other range than Joey Ramone's was. Album is 0-for-5 so far and living up to the curse of the tribute album...

6. KISS "Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio" - Wow. Of all the bands here I would never have expected KISS to actually hold my interest and keep me listening. KISS actually put time, effort, and thought into their track. The result is a fun, party-song, with a horn riff that I can't get out of my head. I didn't expect it, but KISS did The Ramones name some good.

7. Marilyn Manson "The KKK Took My Baby Away" - Words can't describe what I thought when I heard this song. Joey and Dee Dee were definitely spinning in their graves due to this. God awful. Everyone take a few minutes of their day and download this track. It's one of those songs that are so bad you HAVE to hear it. All you Ramones fanatics are going to be VERY upset with this one.

8. Garbage "I Just Wanna Have Something to Do" - This song really sounds like The Donnas. The similarites are creepy. With that in mind, this song rates the same as a Donnas song. Not something you'd choose to listen to, but if it came on the radio, you wouldn't feel the need to shut it off.

9. Green Day "Outsider" - Green Day are huge Ramones fanatics, yet they couldn't go into the studio and record something new? Take the original version of "Outsider" and imagine Billie Joe singing it. That's all this track is. Nothing special going on here. Shame on you Green Day. These guys are your idols?

10. The Pretenders "Something to Believe In" - At this point I began to finalize in my head that CD was crap. The Pretenders got skipped over within 30 seconds. Nothing captivating going on. Just irritating music.

11. Rancid "Sheena is a Punk Rocker" - Prior to this album's release Rancid said they were going to play this song faster and harder than anyone thought possible. Well...they lied. Rancid dropped the ball here. I never really like any cover Rancid does come to think of it. Lars Frederiksen sings this song, which was disappointing because I think Tim Armstrong could have done a much better job. Matt Freeman's bass work, of course, is phenomenal. Nothing too exciting on this track. If Rancid couldn't get the job done, then I'm pretty sure the few remaining tracks won't...

12. Pete Yorn "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend" - Why does a one-hit wonder get to pay tribute to one of the greatest bands of all time? Just the thought of this is disgusting. Another classic song, torn to shreads.

13. The Offspring "I Wanna Be Sedated" - And I thought Green Day was disrespectful?? How old is this song?? Ridiculous. The Offspring covered this song bar-for-bar, note-for-note. NOTHING creative here. Just a boring, mindless cover. So of the 3 punk bands featured on this punk tribute, they all missed the mark. Too bad....

14. Rooney "Here Today, Gone Tomorrow" - Who is Rooney?? Skip.

15. Tom Waits "Return of Jackie & Judy" - Awful. Sounds like it was recorded in the 1940's. I know he has a cult-like following, and apparently is a musical genius, but that DOES NOT show here whatsoever. Just awful.

16. Eddie Vedder w/ Zeke "Daytime Dilemma (Dangers of Love)" - ANOTHER Eddie Vedder track? We weren't punished enough the first time?

Well, another tribute album, another disappointment. A real shame too, as The Ramones are deserving of so much more.

The thing that gets me is the fact that there have been some good Ramones covers in the past...River City Rebels, MxPx, Pennywise, Alkaline Trio, Bad Religion, The Queers...Why are these not featured here? Why not have a tribute that will actually do the band justice AND show the bands that they actually have influenced and inspired???

Well, we can dream.

All in all, DO NOT buy this album. I'm sure most of you are smart enough not to. I deserve a lot of ridicule for picking this thing up.

Poor Joey. I think we all owe him an apology on behalf of anyone involved in this album.

 


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tanya_1011 (August 13, 2006)

I haven't even heard the album, but I thought I would take this opportunity to point out a singer cannot be a one-hit wonder when their debut album sells over a milllion copies, plus, he's had more than one single. Wikipedia.org says "one-hit wonders are serious-minded musicians who struggled to continue their success after their popularity waned" and Pete Yorn's popularity has not waned, nor has he struggled to continue after his "hit single", with Rolling Stone mag giving him a 4 stars out of 5 rating for his debut album musicforthemorningafter. Also Pete Yorn is touring internationally now ( Australia), which implies a large degree of success. In conlcusion, you suck.

Anonymous (September 22, 2005)

gerret is gay

Anonymous (August 22, 2003)

nice review

Anonymous (June 30, 2003)

note to reviewer: ok pete yorn is the only good thing on mainstream right now. his hew album was a bit dissapointing, but musicforthemorningafter is a brilliant debut. he may have had one single out, but so do many bands in the scene today, so if you didn't like 'for nancy', (neither do i)it doesn't give you the right to judge him on one song. maybe you need to do more research before you make yourself look like such an assclown. peace greases.

Anonymous (February 28, 2003)

I don't know what's up with y'all who are hating on this disc. It owns. It makes me want to do it.

Anonymous (February 25, 2003)

GASP! A negative review on punknews.org!!!! Can it be??? Go figure though, someone posts a negative review, and everyone jumps on him for it.

CallingLondon (February 25, 2003)

i've downloaded a few tracks. about 5 or so. it's really not as bad as you say it is. some of them are a little boring, but the tom waits song is increadible. tom waits is the man. rancid isn't bad. pretty cool. metallica is ok. haven't heard U2 yet. anyway, from what i've heard, you're way too judgemental.

Anonymous (February 24, 2003)

After downloading a few tracks off this album, I have to say that it's worth downloading a couple just to see how bad it really is. I feel sorry for anyone that bought this.

Anonymous (February 23, 2003)

You can find here real Ramones tribute, book called: HEAVEN NEEDED A LEAD SINGER: FANS REMEMBER JOEY RAMONE

http://www.kauhajoki.fi/~jplaitio/joeybook.html

Anonymous (February 23, 2003)

You know who fucking rocks?

Tiger Army.

Discuss.

waste_elite (February 23, 2003)

romones?

Anonymous (February 22, 2003)

I think were all forgetting that *****Wuss-Emo-Rock***** was the bitch that said he did not like Romones...
(look at the transplants review #3)
what a assclown!

love, Tj

Anonymous (February 22, 2003)

Your review sucked man. You're too close-minded here, this album was made to show all the different bands and music that the ramones influenced.

Anonymous (February 21, 2003)

its interesting how you criticize every band for making their own version of the song, and then criticize green day and the offspring for not making their own version of the song. it takes a true ramones fan to appreciate this album, so i'm guessing you're probably not.

Anonymous (February 21, 2003)

Ever get the feeling you've been cheated?

Anonymous (February 21, 2003)

This album gives me every reason in the world why downloading music is important.

Anonymous (February 21, 2003)

ever felt cheated?

Anonymous (February 21, 2003)

"The Ataris have put a new track off their new album "so long, Astoria" due March 3 exclusively up for download here and it's called Rock & Roll high school. It's shit (as you could probably guess by the name). So many people are going to be disappointed by this album."

Everyone point and laugh...

***

GOD whoever said that, and you for not fucking thinking straight ARE FUCKING IDIOTS.

THEY COVERED ROCK N ROLL HIGH SCHOOL FOR A LIMITED EDITION SONG FOR THE ALBUM, NOT FOR THEIR OWN ALBUM. YOU FUCKING MORON.

Anonymous (February 21, 2003)

"we all should buy this outta respect ,but listening to it is a different story. the green day track is good and so is u2's but the rest suck hard"

hahaha
sorry hun, but i don't have enough money to just buy a cd "out of respect" and not listen to it because it sucks.
this was going to be a bad album...couldn't you tell by the people they recruited to cover the songs?

Anonymous (February 21, 2003)

GET YOUR FUCKING FACTS STRAIGHT YOU IDIOTS.

someone said that The Ataris have a new song on their upcoming album "So Long, Astoria" and it is "shit." WELL IF THEY ACTUALLY LISTENED TO IT....they would know it was for this fucking tribute album, covering the Ramones song. it was limited edition and came on its own CD when you purchased the tribute album. whoever fucking said they copied the name from the ramones or whatever, FUCK YOU, YOU STUPID FUCK. the cover is amazing and the only ramones cover worth listening to. so fuck you idiots. goodnight.

el_provocateur (February 21, 2003)

I actually liked this tribute album, even though most tribute albums are prone to greater levels of suck previously unheard of.

This is a lame review: "oh it sounds the same, oh it's too out there." Gimme a fuckin' break.

Bands ruin cover songs when they change time signature, stray (at extended variance) from the melody or do anything to excessively accentuate their musical style in the song. That hasn't happened much in this tribute album (except for Marilyn Mansion and Rob Zombie but what can you do?).

You can imagine this scene from the Simpsons, when Cyndi Lauper singing the National Anthem and how bad it would be with her inane vocal inflections: "Home of the Br- aave! Home of the Br- aave!"

Trust me, this tribute album could go shitloads worse.

Anonymous (February 20, 2003)

Crap. Thats all I can say. Well not actually. I could say this album is a waste of time, money and is a slap in the face of any self respecting Ramones fan. Also, I am saddly disapointed to anyone who would buy anything with Lars Ulrich on it. I borrowed this from a friend and couldn't wait to return it. Sorry to anyone who purchased this.
Poof

evildeadalive (February 20, 2003)

Why would we buy this out of respect? Marky Ramone made sure to tell everyone NOT to buy this album in an interview on Much Music.

Anonymous (February 20, 2003)

This is and only(hopefuly) album that actually made me cry...in a BAD way! This is almost as bad as going and pissing on the Ramones gave. Nothing is sacred anymore.-SaYnE_GuY

dropkick (February 20, 2003)

we all should buy this outta respect ,but listening to it is a different story. the green day track is good and so is u2's but the rest suck hard

Anonymous (February 20, 2003)

Ramones are my favorite band of all time, but this cd is horrible. there are so many shitty songs on this cd I feel so cheated for spending 14 bucks on it. damn it's bad.

only songs I enjoy are the chilli peppers and rancid.

do not buy this cd, just burn those two songs spend that money on something more useful. like a beta-max.

Anonymous (February 20, 2003)

"are you guys RETARDED???? That is NOT bashing RHCP. That's a POSITIVE STATEMENT!!!!"

With all due respect, I think you're a fucking moron.

CallingLondon (February 20, 2003)

i'm not gonna wade through all these comments, but this review was way weak. infact, it made me want to check the album out. you made some pretty dumb comments concerning vedder, tom waits, green day...infact, almost every artist you mentioned, had one dumb comment about them in it. the fact that bands like the chili peppers took a song and made it their own, is a great thing. i'm sure the chili peppers song is gonna rock, just like the U2 song, and the tom waits. but while you complained about the chili peppers for making it their own, you also complained about Green Day just doing what the ramones did. what the fuck? fuck you. fucktard. just like it's ok to make the songs their own, it's also ok to just do what the ramones did, but with your own twist. i'm sure it sounds like a green day song. overall your review sucked and i want to hear the album, so thank you.

Anonymous (February 20, 2003)

"With all due respect to RHCP, they took this song and made it their own"

are you guys RETARDED???? That is NOT bashing RHCP. That's a POSITIVE STATEMENT!!!!!

Anonymous (February 20, 2003)

on a side note, did anyone preorder the new cursive cd?

Anonymous (February 20, 2003)

"With all due respect to RHCP, they took this song and made it their own"

"The Offspring covered this song bar-for-bar, note-for-note. NOTHING creative here"

this kid is a fucking moron--go buy a fuck41 record and knock yourself out
..i need a beer

Anonymous (February 19, 2003)

Bitch? I fail to see how sexism will solve anything. Retard. I mean, homo. I mean, loser.

Anonymous (February 19, 2003)

Ok dude, first you bitch because the songs sound nothing like the orginal and that the songs are "butchered", then Green Day covers theirs and it sounds like the old one so you're mad? It's supposed to be bands influenced by the Ramones, covering the Ramones, which is just what it is.

Anonymous (February 19, 2003)

Alright, you obviously misunderstood me. _I_ think that that's what covers should be. _The reviewer_ certainly doesn't. Or does he? I can't tell.

Pay attention next time, dumbass.

Oh, I'm sorry I made a mistake.

Fuck off bitch.

Anonymous (February 19, 2003)

oh yeah, and what is with the cover art? i give the cover art no stars.

Anonymous (February 19, 2003)

i think the garbage song is good. but then again i might be a bit biased towards garbage. obviously when you have a band like green day that is so influenced by a certain band do a cover song of that band its not going to sound much different than the original because thats just how all their music sounds. i see what they were trying to doi getting bands from different genres but it doesnt quite work. you know who should have been on this cd, sleater-kinney.

Anonymous (February 19, 2003)

"...River City Rebels, MxPx, Pennywise, Alkaline Trio, Bad Religion, The Queers..."

Those bands aren't featured because everyone knows what the songs are going to be like. They picked all these bands from different genres to show how influential the Ramones were.

I don't think a good tribute album is where bands try to sound exactly like the band they're covering. Especially in the case of the Ramones, where I can play Ramones songs just as easily as mxpx or greenday who've based their entire career off the Ramones. I'm glad other people got to show their appreciation because I'm bored of hearing bands trying to perfectly play "Blitzkrieg Bop" for the hundreth time.

Anonymous (February 19, 2003)

"Actually the song is about being a prostitute."

Uh... What do you think hustling is then?

Anonymous (February 19, 2003)

i don't know...this place would've rioted (as much as a website could do so)

Anonymous (February 19, 2003)

You should have posted that story.

-sickboi

waste_elite (February 19, 2003)

"The Ataris have put a new track off their new album "so long, Astoria" due March 3 exclusively up for download here and it's called Rock & Roll high school. It's shit (as you could probably guess by the name). So many people are going to be disappointed by this album."

i don't know whether to laugh or be offended...

i wanna line up every mallpunk and run them over with their mothers' minivans...

several times

Anonymous (February 19, 2003)

alkaline trio does not have a ramones song recorded.

Anonymous (February 19, 2003)

In the words of Nelson HAHA

most of the songs on here dont sound like the original beacause that was the point of the record, rob told the bands to just use the lyrics and do whatever you want with them try to make it your own, not just an exact ramones copy. I for one was excited when i first heard it, i thought it would be cool to hear bands that arnt punk paying tribute to the ramones, cause everyone knows that every punk band was influenced either directly or indirectly by them and im sure we could all imagine pennywise, lagwagon, and nofx covering ramones songs. but the final product was just bad, a big disapointment. To bad it wasnt like the black flag tribute/benefit which was similar in featuring artists from different genres paying tribute to flag. that was a great tribute
-moldy

adam (February 19, 2003)

Ok everyone, it's time to play "Laugh At The Mall Punk." We were just submitted this as news. Wanna guess this chap's never heard of the Ramones:

"The Ataris have put a new track off their new album "so long, Astoria" due March 3 exclusively up for download here and it's called Rock & Roll high school. It's shit (as you could probably guess by the name). So many people are going to be disappointed by this album."

Everyone point and laugh...

adam

Anonymous (February 19, 2003)

"Isn't that the idea of covers? To make them your own and make them the way you'd want them?"

Alright, you obviously misunderstood me. _I_ think that that's what covers should be. _The reviewer_ certainly doesn't. Or does he? I can't tell.

Pay attention next time, dumbass.

Anonymous (February 19, 2003)

And he ripped it BECAUSE IT SOUNDS DIFFERENT FROM THE ORIGINAL

Isn't that the idea of covers? To make them your own and make them the way you'd want them?

Anonymous (February 19, 2003)

For the one who asked why Metallica were on here, it's because they are big fans of The Ramones and influenced their music.

In fact, this whole record is about that. Whether it's Rancid to Pete Yorn. All those bands have been affected by The Ramones somehow. I think this record wanted to show that punk bands aren't the only ones influenced by this band. Bands of all genres have been unfluenced by The Ramones, and I think that's so fucking great.

It's just too bad that 98% of the songs on here are pure and utter shit.

Anonymous (February 19, 2003)

What does hustling mean? Gee, I never seemed to figure that out.

Also, when someone says "with all due respect..." that usually means something bad is about to follow. You don't say "with all due respect to the RHCP, they're awesome!" No, he didn't rip the RHCP, he ripped their song. And he ripped it BECAUSE IT SOUNDS DIFFERENT FROM THE ORIGINAL. I mean, what the fuck? Is everybody on this site completely fucking braindead?

Anonymous (February 19, 2003)

"And Dee Dee! Dee Dee wrote 53rd and 3rd... Its a song about hustling" Actually the song is about being a prostitute. Dee Dee used to turn tricks for drugs

Anonymous (February 19, 2003)

hey preacher

"How old is this song??"

i think he meant that cause offspring recorded that maybe 5 years ago. obviously that wasnt meant for the ramones song.

Anonymous (February 19, 2003)

Um, go to the vandals website and download their versons of "judy is a punk" and "sheena is a punkrocker." those are certainly very vandals-ish, if you dont want an exact cover."Beat is on the Brat" by Screeching weasel is good too. yeah, i dont know about marilyn manson, rob zombie and metallica covering the ramones. I dont think metal heads are going to buy this CD for any other reason than that those bands covered the songs, not because they enjoy the ramones' music.

preacher (February 19, 2003)

What an awful, awful review. Holy crap. "How old is this song??" Oh God, I can't believe I wasted minutes of my life reading that piece of shit. The score is for the review, I actually like the tribute album without having heard it just because this reviewer didn't. Good job.

Anonymous (February 19, 2003)

What could have made this album good? Pennywise- Blitzkreig Bop, Bad Religion- We're A Happy Family, basically any other great punk band.

ElVaquero (February 19, 2003)

People these days just need to realize that the Red Hot Chilli Peppers will never prevail because they are dumb. And no, that doesn't make them good, Spaceballs fans.

-El Vaquero

Anonymous (February 19, 2003)

i thought id reply since i actually know not only who rooney is.. but i know them in general..

rooney is a band from LA that only made it big because robert schwartzman [ jason schwartzman's younger brother, talia shire's son. ] is the lead singer. oh. excuse me, robert carmine [ what a joke. ].

anyhow, their guitarist is actually pretty talented, except that hes a huge asshole. i used to see them all the time, since they were pretty big scene kids, and used to play with this band named Say Anything, that i merch for [ i think they've been mentioned on this site actually.. they're signed to doghouse. ] SA & rooney went to highschool together so they used to play all the time. [ yet again neither band has been out of HS a year yet. ]

rooneys okay, really over produced, really way over hyped, and really not that special.

its kinda funny, i have this one distinct memory of the ex sayanything bassist calling rooney fashion rock. its true. he was saying how before the keyboardist joined, he wasn't cool.. he only became hip when he joined rooney.. they worry more about their clothes and hair than their music.

i dont know. anyhow, 95% of their fanbase are girls, if that says anything.

another bad actor-turned-musican band.. [ on this actor - turned musican topic.. rilo kiley [ saddle creek ] are pretty damn good, might i say. [ the singer was on troop beverly hills.. and the other singer was on salute my shorts & boy meets world.. ] weird.

s.

Anonymous (February 19, 2003)

i meant to give it a 1...but also, you're all raging MORONS.
the reviewer didn't rip RHCP ONCE!!!! In fact he said "with all due respect". So try again i guess.

Anonymous (February 19, 2003)

yeah you contradicted yourself a bit, but i kinda get what u mean. the album is THAT bad.
personally, i think this is an awesome review. very organized and got ur point across.
fuck the nay-sayers. look at their reviews....exactly.

WussEmoRock (February 18, 2003)

I can understand why people didn't like your review..and I agree...you did disagree with a lot of the things you had previously stated..but...it was done in a very nice/organized fashion

*****Wuss-Emo-Rock*****

Anonymous (February 18, 2003)

You rip RHCP for changing the song, yet rip The Offspring for playing it correctly?

Chug Drano.

Anonymous (February 18, 2003)

i take that back, im sorry... but it's really bad.

Anonymous (February 18, 2003)

even the alive Romones are spinning in their graves, thats how bad it is!

sonicice (February 18, 2003)

They need to issue a recall on this album. It doesn't even deserve a 1.

Anonymous (February 18, 2003)

i wont buy it i'd just like the tom waits rancid, red hots, and zeke tracks anyone no where i can find em

SOYBOMB (February 18, 2003)

Absolutely horrid cover art for an absolutely horrid tribute CD...

The dead Ramones must be spinning in their graves.

Peace,
-SOYBOMB-

Anonymous (February 18, 2003)

why hasnt any one mentioned the hidden track yet..."today your love, tomarrow the world" by i think the RHCP guitar player. i kindod liked that song. and i dont see whats so bad about the pete yorn song. ive never heard any of his acctual stuff but this cover isnt too bad at all.

Anonymous (February 18, 2003)

And, for the record, the cover art SUCKS.

Remeber that saying, "Don't judge a book by it's cover"? Well, in this case, do it.

Anonymous (February 18, 2003)

An awful review for an awful record. This has to be one of the worst records I've ever had the displeasure of listening to. Tracks I liked:

Metallica
Rancid
Pete Yorn
The Offspring (I still liked it despite nothing differant from the original, shows how good the song is)
and Garbage.

What a horrid CD for a great, great band. I'm also dissapointed that Metallica didn't get their second cover on the track considering how Vedder has two on here.

This album gives me every reason in the world why I should download. I would go into ripping the reviewer, but, it wouldn't be anything new.

Anonymous (February 18, 2003)

"Poor Joey. I think we all owe him an apology on behalf of anyone involved in this album."

And Dee Dee! Dee Dee wrote 53rd and 3rd... Its a song about hustling.

Anonymous (February 18, 2003)

"I love how punk kids try to rip on Marilyn Manson. I'm not a big fan, but the guy does what he wants, regardless of what people say. He is musically talented, and frankly, a marketing genious. I do partially blame him for the slew of nu-metal, but thats another argument."

Yeah... Marilyn Manson has talent... And Gene Simmons has real hair... Typical sickboi comment...

Anonymous (February 18, 2003)

I was pretty disappointed with this album too, although not nearly as much as the reviewer.

I liked the Rancid song, I had heard the Green Day song almost 2 years ago, but I still thought it was decent.

Chili peppers and rob zombie were pretty much what I expected.

Marilyn Manson, Offspring, Pretenders, Metallica and Pete Yorn songs were all particularly bad.

I was surprised and somewhat impressed to see KISS and U2 paying tribute to anyone except themselves.

The*Ataris single of "Rock n Roll Highschool" that comes with it (in some stores, while supplies last) was better than most songs on the album, oddly enough. It's a pretty straight up cover, but they do ataris-it-up a bit.

ElVaquero (February 18, 2003)

Oh, yeah, Rooney is a shitty band that is the everpresent opening band for radio rock group flavor of the weeks. Right now they're on tour with the Donnas, if that says anything. Whooee..

-El Vaquero

P.S. ZEKE WILL EAT YOU ALIVE

ElVaquero (February 18, 2003)

Zeke is probably the only band I like on this CD, why the fuck did they let Eddie Vedder anywhere near their precious precious Zeke-ness? Seriously, they should've let Zeke do the entire album, though I don't know if people would buy a major label album that was only a few minutes long. I hate everything related to this (save zeke, tom waits, and maybe, just maybe, rancid). What a fucking mockery of punk music, the album cover hurts my eyes, how fucking punk rock is the AMERICAN FLAG? What the fuck is wrong with people...

-El Vaquero

bruceless (February 18, 2003)

I really love the Chili Peppers cover. As previously commented by a poster, much of the concept of this album is to display how this band, the Ramones, has inspired and influenced so much music of different generations, despite the obviousness in sound or not. While I cannot attest for Zombie or other artists present that I am not a listener of, the Red Hot Chili Peppers very much picked up their instruments and microphones because of this band they love, and Havana Affair, I found, to be a great homage and a testament of how far this band went in creating beautiful music from their roots as a fledging garage band. U2's cover of Beat on the Brat is simply charming in all of its sincerity and simplicity, and Tom Waits is just fun, and I can't find harm in that. I won't say I found this album to be very listenable, but there are some great moments that go beyond the packaging but from the heart of some great artists.

Anonymous (February 18, 2003)

I saw marky ramone on much music while he was on tour with the misfits and he told everyone NOT to buy this album because it was nothing but a corporate money making scam by columbia and the for the exeption of rancid and a couple other bands did not represent what the ramones or punk rock were all about. Too bad johnny ramone couldnt see it the same way. NO ONE SHOULD BUY THIS CD.

Anonymous (February 18, 2003)

I want to know what Ramones song Alkaline Trio cover? I've seen them live many many times and have never heard them cover a Ramones song. Just wonder.

This may just be a mistake by the reviwer though. There is a mis-named Bad Religion cover of "We're a Happy Family" on lots of file sharers where it's named Alkaline Trio.

Anonymous (February 18, 2003)

I actually like "Antichrist Superstar". Now thats a good album title.

-sickboi

unconcerned (February 18, 2003)

blame suicidal tendencies and faith no more for nu metal... i hold them both more responsible than manson... bad review, bad album, shoot yourself

joeg (February 18, 2003)

interesting sickboi. i guess marilyn manson is a punk in his own right. he doesn't give a fuck what other people think about him or his music and does his own thing, no matter how utterly shitty it is. that's punk, right? punk is by definition. . . . . ok, i'll shut my mouth right now before i start another what is and what isn't punk war.

Anonymous (February 18, 2003)

I love how punk kids try to rip on Marilyn Manson. I'm not a big fan, but the guy does what he wants, regardless of what people say. He is musically talented, and frankly, a marketing genious. I do partially blame him for the slew of nu-metal, but thats another argument.

-sickboi

joeg (February 18, 2003)

yes billy, a lesson to be learned. more than ever, i always d/l the music before i take a chance on buying it. i'll make my own judgment on this record. i've actually already heard a few of the songs. rhcp was disgusting. the garbage song was decent. and i'm looking forward to the marilyn manson song.

Anonymous (February 18, 2003)

I heard the Rancid cover of Shena is a Punk Rocker on the radio, of all places, driving home from some show with a few friends. I could have puked. I couldn't believe they would actually send it out, and let it on this record. I haven't heard the other songs on this one yet, but I can say..from the covers I have heard of other bands doing Ramones covers, nothing comes close to the original...and never will.

Anonymous (February 18, 2003)

Atrocious review. First you yammer about too much deviation or the inclusion of a band's style--i.e., RCHP. Soon thereafter, you complain about similarity, "note for note, bar for bar." So do you want revamped Ramones or the tried and true? I sure as hell can't tell; I'm sure no one can.

Anonymous (February 18, 2003)

The review is hypocritical and pointless, but the end product is the same.......THIS IS THE WORST TRIBUTE ALBUM EVER!

waste_elite (February 18, 2003)

"Zeke could kick your ass fifty fucking times in thirty seconds."

that was beautiful

REALPUNX4LIFE (February 18, 2003)

I rarely rip on awful reviews, but this takes the cake. Right off the bat you say the Chili Peppers sucks for making the song their own. No less than four songs later you say that you're glad that bands like U2 are making the songs their own. What? Make more sense, please. Do you realize what a tribute record is? It's to show how a band influenced the sound of another. The Chili Peppers played a Ramones song with their own spin on it. If you want to hear the song played the exact same way it was originally played, why not just put on the fucking Ramones record? Idiot.

Point 2: Eddie Vedder doesn't prove he's young by playing on the tribute record of a band formed in the 1970s. Jesus, you are pretty fucking dumb. Most Ramones fans I know aren't 14 years old. Next.

Point 3: The era of a song's recording has little value in rating its worth. Just because the Tom Waits song sounds like it was recorded in the 40s doesn't mean it was good or bad. Tell me what the fucking song sounds like, asshole. There was more than one style of music in to 40s, believe it or not, so just telling me that it sounds like it's from the 40s doesn't tell me a goddamn thing about what it sounds like. It's not rocket science, man!

Point 4: Devo was a one-hit wonder. Just because Pete Yorn may be a one hit wonder doesn't mean he is unqualified as a fan of the Ramones to record a tribute to them, does it? Fuck, most people on this site complain that mainstream music fans have no taste in music anyways, so why does it matter that cool kids only like one of Pete Yorn's songs? He's actually really good, despite being a one hit wonder. So was Devo.

Point 5: Eddie Vedder's two songs were also recorded with Zeke. Zeke could kick your ass fifty fucking times in thirty seconds. Rate their performance, not just Eddie Vedder's, you hipster piece of shit.

Point 6: Goddamn, I have never been so upset about something so trivial as to write something this long and riddled with cursewords. You should take a bow for being King of the Fuck-Ups.

Anonymous (February 18, 2003)

screecing weasel, the queers, mtx, the parasites, the vindictives, beatnik termites, boris the sprinlker, and the mcrackins. all of those bands have covered different ramones albums in there entirety. go buy those instead of this.

Anonymous (February 18, 2003)

Pete Yorn...a "one hit wonder". Yeah, ok, fucking idiot.

TheOneTrueBill (February 18, 2003)

call me a ramones whore, but i enjoyed it. Zombie did a good job, and how dare you say Tom Waits did a terrible job. How dare you! yeah, they weren't all good, but it shows why the ramones were the greatest band of all time. who else would have such a range of artists?

and you stole the words out of my mouth about KISS.

BostonMusicGuy (February 18, 2003)

I dont think there is a Ramones song left that hasnt been covered by at least 4 bands. And they picked all of the most obvious songs to cover on this "Tribute" album. I dont like any of these bands except for Rancid, U2, and Green Day. where the hell did half of these bands get off making a Ramones tribute album. Metallica? Garbage? MARILYN MANSON?!?! God damnit. I feel like I should punch someone in the head. Well its a good thing my roommate is listening to Simple Plan right now so I can use that as an excuse. Where's NSYNC covering "I wanna be sedated"? Thats the only thing missing.-BostonMusicGuy

fallingtopieces (February 18, 2003)

in your review it makes it seem like you didnt even listen to the Rooney song. not that ive ever heard of them or like them, but it seems to me that you should at least to the entire album if youre going to review it.

Anyways, what song does alkaline trio cover and where can you find it??

Anonymous (February 18, 2003)

i almost reviewed this myself, but then i remembered that this was a punk rock web site.

Anonymous (February 18, 2003)

i like the tom waits cover best. the garbage one isnt bad either.

Anonymous (February 18, 2003)

This album really makes me want to hurt someone.

-sickboi

adam (February 18, 2003)

As horrible as this tribute is, I'm sickly amused with the Tom Waits cover. I don't understand why. I just hits this tier of wiredness you don't expect at all.

Good job Tom.

adam

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