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We Re A Happy Family A Tribut [Compilation]

Various (Tribute) Audio CD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars 3 stars for effort July 7 2003
By Jason
Format:Audio CD
After reading alot of the reviews i've come to the conclusion that alot of people are close minded. Many people are complaining that there are no punk acts (well Rancid and Green Day are on here). Of course there aren't! This is a major label tribute album. Rob zombie produced this with Johnny Ramone and Marky Ramone so he had their blessing. I also have read that oh Joey and Dee Dee are spinning in their graves and hate bands like U2. I guess you didn't know that the LAST SONG Joey was listening to as he passed away was U2's In A Little While and said they were one of his favorite bands. Joey had a open mind as do alot of punk bands. The Ramones impact was just felt by the underground punk scene but worldwide. They were on MTV, they played huge radio station festivals, they played Lollapalooza, they were on a major label since album #1. The Ramones are known and loved by many. Pearl Jam has been covering their songs live for a while, the Chili Peppers were covering Havana Affair for a while, U2 played I Remember You at almost every show after Joey passed away. They actually paid more respect to Joey then he got from the punk community.
As for the tribute album...yes it's not that great but of course it wouldn't sound as amazing as the original stuff. The Clash's Burning London tribute failed as well to capture the true sound of the Clash and this album did as well. It seems like bands tried to hard to make a proper tribute when it's ironic because the bands they are paying tribute too breezed through the originals and didn't care about taking their time. Simple, quick, easy and powerful.
There are a few standout tracks on here. I love Kiss' cover, the RHCP and John Frusciante covers (i'm a huge RHCP btw.). I love Rancid but their cover just doesn't do it for me.
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Overpaid dull Mtv approved rock stars covering a real rock n roll band that followed a path none of these corporate ding dongs have the guts to follow, none of these bands deserve to be on this tribute, except Tom Waits who is the only talented songwriter on this hunk of junk. Where's Motorhead? Where's Antiseen? This is for dorky lawyers who read Rolling Stone and drive PT Cruisers, this is a tribute album of a rock n roll band by products that couldn't rock their way out of a paper bag (except Tom Waits!)
Whats the point of this? No mainstream crud cared about The Ramones or Dee and Joey until they died (which happens all the time, no one cares about Tom Waits or rambles on about his incredible albums, but wait until he's dead!), they didn't care about Joey working with The Misfits, which Jerry Only and Doyle are no where to be found on this CD and don't even exist to alot of people. Somewhere some kid is sniffing glue and getting in a fight with his mom, slamming his door and throwing on Rocket to Russia, thats a more fitting tribute to The Ramones than this hunk of crummy stuff.
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Sure the Red Hot Chilli peppers, Green Day and the offspring are on there but these bands can conform to the punk sound this album is supposed to have. But unfortunately KISS, Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson ruined the album. Blitzkreig bop was a good song (until Rob Zombie covered it). These gothic bands sound better on a black Sabbath or Ozzy Osbourne tribute. They should of had Sum 41, Blink 182 or even Lagwagon could do the song better. Marilyn Manson totally demolished the KKK song (or whatever the title is). They should of scrapped that version. This is a PUNK album not industrial crap. There are hundreds of bands that can do some of these covers better than the bands that were picked to do them. That is the major weakness that pulled down the rating for this tribute album.
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3.0 out of 5 stars some good songs March 19 2004
Format:Audio CD
i though rooney and the red chili peppers weere the best bands. the manosn song is ok i like rob zombie just not that song. the tom waits song its pretty bad. i like how every band did the song in there own way. metallica did one of my favorite ramones songs 50 third and 3rd but is was just not that good. but there wer a few bands that werer good. i think it is wirth buying but like it said everyone had there own style so do expect it to be just like there songs.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sitting here in Queens, eating refried beans Feb. 18 2004
Format:Audio CD
There have been several Ramones tribute albums, but this is the first one to feature "big name" acts. The results are varied, of course, like on any tribute album. The young "pop punk" acts Green Day, Rancid and the Offspring perform good faithful versions of the songs. Most of the other acts try to put their own spin on the songs. The most interesting variations are, to me, by Red Hot Chili Peppers, Garbage, The Pretenders, Tom Waits (Grammy nominated for his song on this album) and John Frusciante (unlisted bonus track). Most of the songs are at least decent, except for Marilyn Manson's dirge-like version of "The KKK Took My Baby Away", which is god-awful. This CD should be of interest to Ramones fans who don't mind hearing their heroes songs played in different styles.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Horrible Jan. 12 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I bought it because I love Ramones. I put it in my cd player and had to take it out, it was so bad. The bands on it are really good, but they are horrible at remaking ramones songs. I would advise anyone who wants it, dont spend a lot of money on it, like I did. Just copy it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars i'm confused
well... it has potential. the punk covers on it (few and far between trust me) are great. some of the "rock" covers are okay. but... Read more
Published on Dec 4 2003 by mark twain
2.0 out of 5 stars Near miss...... still interesting though.
Bought this on a whim. It's a true tribute to how many artist site this simple & unique band from Queens, NY as a influence. The tracks range from intriguingly different (R.H. Read more
Published on Dec 4 2003 by J. Dismukes
3.0 out of 5 stars Rocks version of punk
Some artists stay true to the original punk sound, while others rework the tracks to fit their style. Read more
Published on Oct. 21 2003 by George Dionne
5.0 out of 5 stars nice
good cd. my favorite songs are I just wanna have someting to dO (Garbage), Outsider (Green Day), and Sheena is a Punk Rocker (Rancid).
Published on Oct. 18 2003 by The Last Kid Picked
3.0 out of 5 stars Umm....well.....
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? Read more
Published on Oct. 7 2003 by Eggplant
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good, but could be better
I think Rob Zombie was in charge of this album. Keep in mind that this "tribute" is clearly a commercial venture. Read more
Published on Sept. 24 2003 by Tony Hall
1.0 out of 5 stars A Sad day for music
... I only liked three songs on this cd(tracks 11-13).Come on people when The Offspring have one of the best songs on the cd you know something is wrong. Read more
Published on Sept. 24 2003 by J.M
5.0 out of 5 stars Kick... tribute to a band i hate!
The way this tribute was put together was simply amazing. Rob Zombie seemed to know what song fitted with the bands style. Read more
Published on July 23 2003 by Danny
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a great album, but fun, nonetheless
I haven't heard many tribute albums aside from this one, but I've heard plenty of covers of various songs by various artists. Read more
Published on July 20 2003 by G. Kriston
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