California Sun; Pinhead; Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment; Glad to See You Go, and all the rest of the classics from the original 1977 LP-PLUS their previously unreleased West Coast concert debut at the Roxy (8/16/76) featuring Blitzkrieg Bop; Judy Is a Punk; Let's Dance, and more live greatness!
Slightly less primitive than the Ramones' debut, Leave Home
is somehow more melodic, poppier, and
heavier than its predecessor. "Glad to See You Go" name-drops "the passion" of Charles Manson, while the terrific "Commando" ("First rule is the laws of Germany / Second rule is be nice to mommy") brings to mind a funnier MC5
. But "Oh, Oh, I Love Her So" is pure classic pop--metallic bubblegum and their first foray into the Beach Boys
-inspired harmonies that would be used to greater effect on Rocket to Russia
. The "bruddahs" even do a speeded-up version of "California Sun" to drive the point home. "Pinhead" gave birth to the "Gabba! Gabba! Hey!" rallying cry. This splendid remastered reissue includes the original artwork, superior sound, and excellent liner notes by heavy-metal Ph.D. Dr. Donna Gaines. Also included is the band's August 1976 L.A. debut show at the Roxy Theater. Leave Home
is the album that clued in a lot of people that this band was more than a novelty. --Bill Holdship