a Happy Family"
Listen to 'speedmix'tracks from the album & take part
in a Ramones competiton!
Tribute to The Ramones Album, 'We're a Happy Family', has
finally hit the shelves after many trials and tribulations.
Don't miss the Red Hot Chili Pepper's haunting rendition of
the Ramones classic 'Havanna Affair' ! You may have heard
it live during the recent tour - now 's your chance to get
it loud and clear.
Full tracklistings and sound samples below:
1."Havana Affair" - Red Hot Chili Peppers
2."Blitzkrieg Bop" - Rob Zombie
3."I Believe In Miracles" - Eddie Vedder with 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 with Zeke (Limited Edition Bonus Track)
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( Press release)
DV8/COLUMBIA RECORDS RELEASING
WE'RE A HAPPY FAMILY - A TRIBUTE TO RAMONES
In Stores Tuesday, February 11
(dateline - New York - Columbia Records -
DV8/Columbia Records will release the eagerly-awaited
star-studded We're A Happy Family - A Tribute To Ramones to
stores on Tuesday, February 11.
The initial run of We're A Happy Family -
A Tribute To Ramones comes packaged in a deluxe limited edition
digipak designed by Rob Zombie with a 28-page booklet featuring
rare photos and an appreciation of the Ramones penned especially
for this collection by the best-selling novelist Stephen King.
"Finally," wrote Kirk Miller in
Rolling Stone, "a tribute record that doesn't suck."
Comprised of original interpretations of Ramones classics
by a stellar list of artists handpicked by Johnny Ramone and
Rob Zombie, We're A Happy Family - A Tribute To Ramones is
an essential addition to any punk/modern rock record collection.
Artists participating on the album include Red Hot Chili Peppers,
Rob Zombie, Eddie Vedder with Zeke, Metallica, U2, Kiss, Marilyn
Manson, Garbage, Green Day, the Pretenders, Rancid, Pete Yorn,
the Offspring, Rooney, and Tom Waits.
"I think it's a good blend right there,"
says Johnny Ramone, who consulted with the artists involved
with the album and made final selections for material included.
"Some bands chose to record it in a Ramones style and
other bands interpreted it into their own style. I think everyone
did a great job."
"The Ramones are in my opinion the greatest
American rock band. For over two decades they remained true
to everything that rock 'n' roll needs to be - loud, fast
and stripped down to the core," observes Rob Zombie.
"The Ramones will forever be cemented in my brain as
four teenage punks in black leather and blue jeans ready to
crack your skull with a baseball bat."
Though not the first punk rock band per se,
the Ramones were inarguably the most influential. Formed in
1974, later emerging from New York City's diverse and vibrant
underground music scene, notably the legendary Bowery Bar
CBGB's, the Ramones were the first New York punk band to sign
a recording contract, releasing their self-titled debut album
in 1976. Touring the United Kingdom for the first time that
year, the potent sound and image of the Ramones galvanized
a generation of frustrated English and Irish youth who quickly
coalesced into a UK cultural phenomenon with bands like the
Sex Pistols and the Clash joining the Ramones in defining
the perimeters of punk rock. As the sound and attitude of
punk, based primarily on the Ramones template, spread outside
of the incubators of New York and the UK, first dozens, then
hundreds, and, by the 1990s, thousands of loud, raw young
bands were transforming the musical and cultural landscape
with the loud fast rules first written by the Ramones.
The impact of the Ramones began to reach into
other areas. In music, pop acts began taking the Ramones insistence
on brevity, melody, rough and concise instrumental textures
and ironic comic lyrical compression to heart while heavy
metal groups began to speed up their tempos and shorten their
guitar solos, dressing in black leather and torn jeans.
The lifestyle accoutrements -- the love of
comic books, horror movies, and second hand clothes -- embodied
by the Ramones infiltrated mainstream culture, especially
the world of fashion. Today, whenever one of our funkier "superstars"
from the worlds of film, literature, fine art, or music appears
at a public function wearing a thrift-store t-shirt with a
comic book logo or strategically ripped denim, homage is being
paid to the Ramones.
For two decades, the Ramones were a consistently
solid live draw playing to packed houses the world over, inspiring
countless young bands to embrace the Ramones musical philosophy
and attitude, often with enormous success. On We're A Happy
Family - A Tribute To Ramones, some of those debts are being
enthusiastically repaid by some of the Ramones foremost, and
highly visible, musical disciples.
"The Ramones made people want to get
involved and make music," observes the Offspring's Dexter
Holland. "People thought, 'This is something I can play.
It's not like Kansas or whatever, when you need to go to GIT
(Guitar Institute of Technology) before you start a band."
"If it wasn't for that particular style
of guitar playing and the speeding up of the beats,"
offers Metallica's Kirk Hammett, "Metallica would not
sound like we do today. Plus, they also showed me how cool
one could look in just a leather jacket and denim."
When the Ramones front man, Joey Ramone (nee
Jeffrey Hyman), passed away on Easter Sunday, 2001, U2 dedicated
three songs to Joey at a subsequent concert in San Diego.
The Irish foursome had made their devotion to the Ramones
well-known for some time. At a show at New York's Irving Plaza
in late 2000, Bono had told U2's audience, "We got started
on the poetry and rock of New York City. The music of Patti
Smith, Television -- but more than anybody, the band that
got us started when we were fifteen, sixteen -- Larry was
fourteen, still is -- was the music of the Ramones."
"This record is dedicated to the memory
of Joey and Dee Dee, members of an incredible band that I
had the privilege of managing for over two decades,"
said the album's Co-Executive Producer and Ramones manager
Gary Kurfirst, "with a special thanks to Johnny who un-retired
just in time to be the driving force behind this project."
proceeds from the sales of We're A Happy Family - A Tribute
To Ramones will benefit the Lymphoma Research Foundation,
New York City.
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