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We're A Happy Family - A Tribute To The Ramones

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It was inevitable that a glut of Ramones tribute albums would follow the passing of Joey and Dee Dee Ramone. The 17-song-strong We're a Happy Family thankfully escapes the dubious tribute-album ghetto. It's no surprise that Ramones descendents like Green Day, Rancid, and the Offspring stick close to the tired and true, while headbanger James Hetfield makes "53rd & 3rd" sound like a Metallica song. But the standouts on the disc are the efforts where artists go off the rails. Pete Yorn turns in a yearning version of "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend," while Tom Waits goes the ghoulish route on "The Return of Jackie and Judy." Kiss get the best-in-show nod for their anthemic "Do You Remember Rock & Roll Radio," which is odd given that the Ramones were formed ostensibly as a reaction against arena rockers like Kiss. Don't miss the final hidden track, a scary gem by the Chili Peppers' John Frusciante. --Jaan Uhelszki

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Havana Affair - Red Hot Chili Peppers
  2. Blitzkrieg Bop - Rob Zombie
  3. I Believe In Miracles - Eddie Vedder & Zeke
  4. 53rd & 3rd - Metallica
  5. Beat On The Brat - U2
  6. Do You Remember Rock 'N' Roll Radio - Kiss
  7. The KKK Took My Baby Away - Marilyn Manson
  8. I Just Wanna Have Something To Do - Garbage
  9. Outsider - Green Day
  10. Something To Believe In - The Pretenders
  11. Sheena Is A Punk Rocker - Rancid
  12. I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend - Pete Yorn
  13. I Wanna Be Sedated - The Offspring
  14. Here Today, Gone Tomorrow - Rooney
  15. Return of Jackie & Judy - Tom Waits
  16. Daytime Dilemma (Dangers Of Love) - Eddie Vedder & Zeke
  17. Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World - John Frusciante

Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 11, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00007FPKG
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,977 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I have a rather Complete Music Collection, and sometimes it's difficult to find new music to add, so when I was out shopping and saw this CD I was a bit excited. The cover art is wonderful. The artists contained within are some of my favorites. I quickly removed the packaging and plopped it in my car stereo. I instantly loved the first track, The Chili Peppers, sound like themselves, but do "Havana Affair", great justice. I think Joey and Dee-Dee would have been proud. It's the best track on the CD and for diehard Ramones fans, it's worth getting for this cover.
I had hoped the rest of the album would live up to this song, but it falls short. Rob Zombie totally removed the spirit and fun from "Blitzkrieg Bop", Edde Vedder's work was OK, but not standout. Metallica sounds great musically, but again doesn't have the attitude that makes 53rd and 3rd one of my favorite Ramones songs. I love U2 and thought they might have something interesting, but they basically stuck with the original music and Bono's vocal just doesn't work. They should have picked a song more suited to their style. Kiss does a good job on "Rock and Roll Radio". Marilyn Manson's verson of "KKK..." is interesting, but in it's complexity it loses the humour that makes the original a really good track. Garbage does well with "I just want to have something to do", but like most other songs on this record, it made me long for the original. Green Day does great with "outsider", but I guess I somehow resent that band for copying what the Ramones did and making the money that they never did. Pete Yorn and Rooney's covers were both pretty decent and the rest of the album is kind of lukewarm. After listening, I pulled out the real Ramones's Cd's and they put a smile on my face.
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Rob Zombie co-produced (along with Johnny Ramone) this "all-star" tribute to one of the most recognized punk rock bands in history. Zombie turns in his re-working of "Blitzkrieg Bop", and the results are nothing spectacular, but before that track we get a great cover of "Havana Affair" courtesy of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Eddie Vedder and Zeke's version of "I Believe in Miracles" is rousing to say the least, and Vedder doesn't embarass himself as much as he did when he sported a mohawk during the presentation of the Ramones induction in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Metallica offers a rocking "53rd & 3rd" which sounds like a leftover cover from "Garage Inc.", but that isn't necessarily a bad thing. U2 could have done a good cover of "Beat on the Brat", but Bono's overzealous vocals pretty much ruin any chances of that. The Pretenders' cover of "Something to Believe In" is heartbreaking, while Garbage, Green Day, Rancid, and The Offspring turn in covers that remain true to the originals. Marilyn Manson attempts to make "KKK Took My Baby Away" into one of his own industrial dirges, and it is an interesting listen, but it's nothing special. All in all, for the most part I really like this tribute album, but as another reviewer previously stated, I would have rather seen other artists such as Jello Biafra, Frank Black, Bad Religion, Iggy Pop, or even Danzig as opposed to Manson, Kiss, and U2. Get it if your a fan of the bands featured here and are a casual fan of the Ramones, but hardcore Ramones fans probably won't like it that much.
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The Ramones are the greatest Punk band of all time, "We're A Happy Family" gathers some of the top names in the rock world today to compile an exhilarating, sometimes stylish tribute. Tribute albums will always have great moments and disappointing lows, this one is no different, what makes it different is that it stands out by being so damn good compared to other albums of its type. The Red Hot Chili Peppers open with a great "Havana Affair" that's very stylish (this is right up there with their "Search And Destroy" from the Iggy Pop tribute). Rob Zombie adds his usual crunching new metal feel to "Blitzkrieg Bop" which isn't bad at all, a very fresh take on the song, but Joey Ramone remains the superior vocal. The true Ramones feeling starts with "I Believe In Miracles" where Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder delivers a wonderfully Punkish vocal that still retains his identity with some fast guitars that are true to the Punk spirit. Metallica (a long over-due good return) show up with a crunching "53rd & 3rd" that maintains the spirit of the original but spiced with Metallica's classic brand of hard rock energy. One of the album's shining cuts appears with U2's "Beat On The Brat," it's an excellent and catchy performance with The Edge and Bono not over-doing it and simply playing some great rock music. Kiss surprisingly does not disappoint here, their "Do You Remember Rock 'N' Roll Radio" is fun and energetic, it sounds plainly put, like Kiss playing a Ramones song.Read more ›
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