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

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

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We're a Happy Family: A Tribute to the Ramones 2.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
With the recent deaths of founding Ramone Jeffery Hyman (Joey Ramone) and Dee Dee, a certain sense of nostalgia began creeping back into my cd collection w/ a good chunk of their back catalogue getting steady play in my cd player, most notably, the seminal Ramones album (yes, they were once albums) Rocket to Russia. When news of a tribute CD announced and, better yet (and something of an anomaly), the cover bands weren't the usual suspects; NOFX, MXPX, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, or any other Fat Wreckchords garage band; These were from the power players (former, in some cases) in the industry, U2, Metallica, Rob Zombie, Kiss, Offspring, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. This meant that the Ramones were not only getting the recognition they were posthumously overdue, but the tribute would have accomplished musicians and their high production values. Whoo hooo. Twenty seconds into Rob Zombies cover of Blitzkreig Bop, covered in nine feet of audio feces, my enthusiasm was somewhat curbed. Skipping around to hear U2's limp wristed take on Beat on the Brat, my hopes plummeted to earth faster than a skydiver with no parachute. Metallica's 53rd & 3rd was somewhat on target, but by this point I wasn't really into the music so much as it was just glancing off my eardrums as I tended to other business. Only the Offspring managed to capture the sonic fury of the Ramones in a way that was reminiscent of the greatest unheralded band in the business. We're a Happy Family is not so much a *tribute* as it is an insult to the band that at one time changed the face of Rock 'n' Roll, stripping it down to bare essentials and played music that scared your parents. If you're genuinely interested in a tribute to the Ramones, skip We're An Unhappy Cover Album and pick up Ramones Mania and All the Stuff & More Vols. I & II, and Gabba Gabba Hey! to your hearts content.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am surprised that Rob Zombie couldn't get Vanilla Ice out to cover a song; probably the only thing that could've made this "tribute" (I use that term loosely) even worse. You could say alot of things about the Ramones, good or bad, but one thing you could never say is that they were BORING. This disc should be given out as a sleep aid. I would suggest that if you could find "Rock and Roll Radio" by Kiss somewhere else, to snag it and not worry about the rest of the songs on this CD, because you won't miss anything else. In the fair to middling range are The Offspring, Garbage, and Pete Yorn. Red Hot Chili Peppers prove once again that they were much better when they were on drugs; perhaps they should have listened to the Ramones and sniffed some glue before recording. Marilyn Manson apparently had an instumental track lying around the studio that wasn't good enough for the last album, so he used it in the background while spooky reading the lyrics to "KKK took my baby away." Metallica also proves they just don't get it anymore, and should retire. Rancid shows that their singer can't even handle Joey Ramones vocal range (he is even outsung on another song by Tom Waits,) and should stick to English punk cover songs. Lastly, why is this considered a tribute? If I was in the Ramones I would be insulted to have this released. I honestly believe that a record company said, "we really wanna make some money, so let's pick a bunch of bands that sell really well. Who cares if they like the Ramones or even sound good? We'll make a mint." No wonder the record companies are losing money at a fast clip; they aren't giving the fans what they want.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Most every artist has managed to capture at least a piece of what made the Ramones tick. The only soft spot on this album would be Metallica's 53rd&3rd. I agree with most every review of the cd I've seen, Kiss captured the spirit that is the Ramones.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The lasting influence of New York¿s seminal punk pioneers is celebrated with a varied and eclectic lineup of notable musical artists on ¿We¿re a Happy Family ¿ A Tribute to the Ramones.¿ From the no-frills bombast of Rob Zombie¿s ¿Blitzkrieg Bop¿ and Pete Yorn¿s forlorn ¿I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend¿ to an almost spiritual reading of ¿I Believe in Miracles¿ delivered by Eddie Vedder and Zeke, the collection seldom disappoints. Although KISS¿ ¿Do You Remember Rock `N¿ Roll Radio?¿ fails on every imaginable level, U2¿s melodic ¿Beat On The Brat,¿ the Pretenders¿ gloomy ¿Something to Believe In¿ and Garbage¿s propulsive ¿I Just Wanna Have Something to Do¿ are among the gems on the rewarding disc. This is a compilation CD that belongs in the collection of every Ramones ¿ and rock ¿ fan¿s library.