The Ramones tribute album, We’re A Happy Family will finally see the light of day on February 11. The tracklisting reads like this:
01) Havana Affair – Red Hot Chili Peppers
02) Blitzkrieg Bop – Rob Zombie
03) I Believe In Miracles – Eddie Vedder/Zeke
04) 53rd & 3rd – Metallica
05) Beat On The Brat – U2
06) Do You Remember Rock ‘N’ Roll Radio – Kiss
07) The KKK Took My Baby Away – Marilyn Manson
08) I Just Wanna Have Something To Do – Garbage
09) 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
*Will only appear on Limited Edition version of release
Strangely absent from the tracklisting is a version of “Danny Says” by the Foo Fighters, which the band was rumored to have recorded during the first set of sessions for One By One, which were later scrapped and re-recorded. Perhaps the song will be released as a b-side on an upcoming single.
i just downloaded this album, not bad, but any Ramones tribute without a track from Screeching Weasel or The Queers seems incomplete.
Agreed…there are a number of bands that would be much better suited to cover Ramones songs than Marilyn Manson or Pete Yorn…especially Screeching Weasel and The Queers. But, I pretty much feel that there has never been a good Ramones cover song, since it is nearly impossible to capture the distinctive essence of their sound. Yes, Ramones songs are easy to play, but without Joey singing and Johnny’s guitar playing, it just sounds weird to me. Even though they have influenced countless bands to play punk rock, they still don’t sound like any other band in the history of music…they just sound like the Ramones. And although the gesture of respect is understood, any band that prides themselves on their talent as musicians, sounds plain silly when trying to glorify the simplicity that made the Ramones great. For instance, I can’t imagine anyone playing “I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend” and taking it completely seriously (as Pete Yorn probably does). It is not a great song on its own (it’s pretty goofy, really), but it beams with greatness when the Ramones play it because they play it with a genuine spirit that comes straight from the heart. No true Ramones fan would want to listen to any other band play their songs. Sure it’s fun, but I wouldn’t listen to this album more than once, and not for anything other than shits and giggles. I think Joey would think this tribute album is silly too. Rock ‘n’ Roll High School forever!!!!!!