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We Re A Happy Family A Tribut Compilation


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  • Audio CD (April 3 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Compilation
  • Label: Sony Imports
  • ASIN: B00007FPKG
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #143,324 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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

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Some artists stay true to the original punk sound, while others rework the tracks to fit their style. Some of the reworked tracks are The Red Hot Chili Peppers Latin-themed, �Havana Affair�, Rob Zombie�s guitar heavy, electronic infused �Blitzkrieg Bop�, U2�s soft-pop version of �Beat on the Brat�, and Marilyn Manson�s scary �The KKK Took My Baby Away�. You�d swear that Manson wrote. The Pretenders turn �Something to Believe In� into a ballad, and there are no words to describe what Tom Waits did to �Return of Jackie and Judy�.
Metallica�s cover of �53rd & 3rd� sounds more like the original. It�s clear that the bay-area thrashers were influenced by The Ramones. The contributing punk bands The Offspring, Rancid, and Green Day stayed true to the Ramones� raw sound, but added their unique twist to it. Instead of consuming it and making it their own, Kiss decided to keep �Do You remember Rock n Roll Radio� the same. Perhaps the most surprising tracks were the two contributed by Eddie Vedder and Zeke. Who would have thought that one of the leaders of grunge would have so much �punk� in him? �I believe in Miracles� is heavy and Eddie delivers like he was one of The Ramones. Equally impressive is Vedder�s version of �Daytime Dilemma (Dangers of Love)�.
Bottom Line:
Only three punk bands on a tribute to The Ramones? Come on! That aside, the tribute CD isn�t bad, but it isn�t The Ramones, and it certainly isn�t punk rock.
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By Eggplant on Oct. 7 2003
Format: Audio CD
I had high expectations for this one. I am a big Ramones fan (they DID invent punk, after all), and I figured, with artists like Rob Zombie, how could I go wrong?
I was dissapointed, to say the least. The RHCP cover of "Havana Affair" is great. Eddie Vedder's "I Believe In Miracles" cover is great. Green Day and the Offspring are good, and U2 is okay. But other than that, it's really not worth having, and just plain flat out boring. (But the aforementioned songs justify my three-star rating.) I like White/Rob Zombie, but he just butchered "Blitzkrieg Bop", and his cover bites. Metallica... it would've been a good cover if it were done 20 years ago, but now it's just lame. The rest didn't even begin to capture my interest.
I recommend just burning it. Luckily, that's what a friend did for me, and I didn't pay a cent. After all, there ARE still a few good songs on here. But overall, I think this was rushed, and definitely not up to par with what it should've been.
Now click "Not Helpful"...that's it...gooooood boy.
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I think Rob Zombie was in charge of this album. Keep in mind that this "tribute" is clearly a commercial venture. Obviously there are tons of actual punk bands that would love to cover the Ramones, but only major label acts are found here. Also, most punk rockers would probably find the overly patriotic cover appalling.
1. Havana Affair - Red Hot Chili Peppers = Excellent job by the Peppers.
2. Blitzkrieg Bop - Rob Zombie = This song is terrible. It's discrace and I skip over it every time. Rob Zombie is trash without White Zombie and this cover is horrible.
3. I Believe In Miracles - Eddie Vedder & Zeke = Pretty dern good.
4. 53rd & 3rd - Metallica = I friggin hate Metallica these days, but this track is actually pretty good.
5. Beat On The Brat - U2 = Awesome, sounds alot like the original.

6. Do You Remember Rock 'N' Roll Radio - Kiss = Excellent!

7. The KKK Took My Baby Away - Marilyn Manson = This is another discrace. He took the lyrics and turned it into a whiney goth song. Keep in mind that I actually like Manson.

8. I Just Wanna Have Something To Do - Garbage = Great cover!

9. Outsider - Green Day = Another Great cover.
10. Something To Believe In - The Pretenders = Pretty bad.

11. Sheena Is A Punk Rocker - Rancid = Awesome.
12. I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend - Pete Yorn = Pretty good, but what is this guy doin' on here?

13. I Wanna Be Sedated - The Offspring = A nice cover.
The rest seems pretty lame and I usually just skip over it.
There should be another tribute to the ramones by good bands that isn't for commercial reasons.
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I haven't heard many tribute albums aside from this one, but I've heard plenty of covers of various songs by various artists. I'm able to tell you that for a cover to be good, it has to sound like the original work of the artist performing it, not just a bad remake. There are plenty of bad remakes of Ramones songs on We're A Happy Family, but it also has it's fair share of good songs that make up for the not so good ones.
RHCP's version of 'Havana Affair' is a pretty good song, but it just sounds somewhat wrong hearing the Peppers play a song that is as repetitive as a song by the Ramones. Rob Zombie's 'Blitzkrieg Bop' just plain [is bad]. The Eddie Vedder & Zeke song is easily forgettable. Metallica's '53rd & 3rd' sounds a lot like the Metallica from St. Anger playing a Ramones cover...which really isn't a good thing. U2's 'Beat On The Brat' sounds pretty wrong, considering it's a basic clone of the original but with Bono singing instead of Joey. Kiss does a pretty good job by turning 'Do You Remember Rock N Roll Radio' into a genuine Kiss party rock anthem. Marilyn Manson's version of 'The KKK Took My Baby Away' is interesting, but not strong enough. Garbage and Green Day do good jobs with 'I Just Wanna Have Something To Do' and 'Outsider' by staying true to their own sound. The Pretenders's version of 'Something To Believe In' is good but not very memorable. Rancid does an okay job with 'Sheena Is A Punk Rocker', playing it harder and faster than the original. Pete Yorn's version of 'I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend' leaves a pretty good impression too. The Offspring's 'I Wanna Be Sedated' [is bad]mostly because it lacks the energy and edge of The Offspring's original music. But the real gems here are saved for last.
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