We're a Happy Family: A Tribute to the Ramones

We're a Happy Family: A Tribute to the Ramones

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Assembling a tribute to a band as enduring -- and as immediately recognizable -- as the Ramones is a tricky business. Do you play by the rules and offer straight covers, or do you push the envelope and use the band's groundbreaking legacy as a springboard to another level of weirdness? Compiler Rob Zombie (who turnsSee more details below

Overview

Assembling a tribute to a band as enduring -- and as immediately recognizable -- as the Ramones is a tricky business. Do you play by the rules and offer straight covers, or do you push the envelope and use the band's groundbreaking legacy as a springboard to another level of weirdness? Compiler Rob Zombie (who turns in a nicely grinding "Blitzkrieg Bop") goes the "one from column A, one from column B" route, sprinkling freaky turns by Tom Waits and John Frusciante amid three-chord bashers from Green Day and the Offspring. The best version of all, surprisingly enough, comes from KISS, who once shared bills with the bruddas during the infancy of both bands. Paul Stanley's nasal whine, while not a dead ringer for Joey's, infuses "Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio" with a similarly plaintive urgency, and his stripped-down guitar line propels the tune with just the right edge. Not every contributor is as in tune with the spirit: Neither Metallica (whose "53rd and 3rd" is overly suffused with ego and the wrong kind of cartoonishness) or U2 (whose take on "Beat on the Brat" is too limpid and detached to have any effect) come close to connecting. Fortunately, the hits far outnumber the misses, both in the pop realm (like Garbage's slinky "I Just Wanna Have Something to Do") and thrash 'n' bash territory (such as Rancid's "Sheena Is a Punk Rocker"). Somewhere, Joey and Dee Dee Ramone are "gabba gabba"-ing in approval.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bradley Torreano
In the wake of both Joey's and Dee Dee Ramone's untimely deaths, We're a Happy Family -- a star-studded tribute featuring Metallica, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Garbage, and Eddie Vedder -- was a well-timed reminder of the Ramones' lasting influence. The Pretenders focus the intense yearning of "Something to Believe In" into a spacious ballad, Tom Waits transforms "The Return of Jackie and Judy" into a wild backwoods blues song, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers add waves of melancholy guitar to their Latin-flavored reworking of "Havana Affair." These are moments when you can experience the Ramones' familiar songwriting while savoring the performers' distinct sound.
Rolling Stone - Barry Walters
The Ramones themselves gave bubblegum respect, but never such reverence.
Blender - Paul Du Noyer
The bands sound elated.... In all, gabba-gabba-wonderful.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/11/2003
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0696998635227
catalogNumber:
86352

Tracks

  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

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Johnny Paycheck   Drums
Marilyn Manson   Organ,Vocals,Loops,Drones
Kurt Bloch   Guitar
Josh Freese   Drums
Daniel Shulman   Bass
Tim Skold   Mellotron
Madonna Wayne Gacy   Synthesizer,Bass,Loops
Blind Marky Felchtone   Guitar
John 5   Soloist
Pete Yorn   Bass,Guitar,Drums,Vocals
Beth Halper   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Metallica   Producer
Red Hot Chili Peppers   Engineer
Paul Stanley   Producer
Rancid   Producer
Marilyn Manson   Producer
Chad Brown   Contributor
Don Fleming   Producer
Scott Humphrey   Producer
Chrissie Hynde   Producer
Joey Ramone   Composer
Dee Dee Ramone   Composer
Johnny Ramone   Composer
Tommy Ramone   Composer
Bob Rock   Producer,Engineer
Rick Rubin   Producer
Jim Scott   Engineer
Tim Skold   Arranger,Programming,Producer
Mike Hedges   Producer
Rob Zombie   Producer
Garbage   Producer
Stephen King   Liner Notes
Matt Bayles   Engineer
Mike Gillies   Engineer
Frank Gryner   Engineer
Ger McDonnell   Engineer
Dave Carlock   Engineer
Dave Reed   Engineer
Billy Bush   Engineer
William Samuels   Engineer
Pete Yorn   Producer

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