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The Ramones’ second album took the single-minded bludgeoning attack of their self-titled debut and sweetened it ever so slightly for greater fun and accessibility. Whereas the debut was pure slash and burn with stark stereo separation between guitar and vocals, Leave Home smoothed over those rough edges in favor of the band’s most tuneful material to date. “Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment,” “Carbona Not Glue” (cut from the original album at the last minute), “You’re Gonna Kill That Girl” and “You Should Never Have Opened That Door” might seem a tad violent and psychotic on the surface, but as part of the band’s humor and immense B-movie appeal with swooning harmonies and bouncy melodies tucked inside, the result was groundbreaking. The band defined punk rock as it was evolving in the 1970s, adding touches of surf (“California Sun”), AM bubblegum pop (“I Remember You,” “Oh Oh I Love Her So,”) and self-empowerment freak anthems (“Suzy is A Headbanger,” “Pinhead”). Considering the band’s eventual widespread acceptance and influence, it’s difficult to imagine these recordings as being as revolutionary as they were. The expanded edition includes an entire 1976 concert at the Roxy in L.A., 16 tracks from the group’s first two albums played at their typical breakneck pace in just over half an hour. Whew.

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Only One Problem

This gem of an album is a must have for any Ramones fan. It's often overlooked when folks are citing the "best" Ramones album, but I'm telling you -- as I've gotten older, this has probably become my favorite (not that it's easy to pick a favorite). The only bad thing I can say about this -- and this isn't true of the cd -- is that this remastered download doesn't have the live version of Blitzkrieg Bop. It's the studio version from the debut album. It's a shame, because it's wonderful to hear the Ramones live. So if you're thinking about purchasing this, I'd wait a few weeks, as the folks at Apple are looking into this and hopefully the entire "Live at the Roxy" set will be complete.


The Ramones may be the greatest rock band that ever walked this earth. This is the third best Ramones album behind Rocket to Russia and the self-title debut (when you getting that, iTunes?????). Anyway, I recommend Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment, Pinhead, Suzy is a Headbanger, Babysitter... The whole thing! The neat thing about this expanded re-release is that you get two albums in one: the regular studio recordings and a live at roxy album! Why are you still reading this? BUY IT!!!!!!!

Ramones with a bit more bubblegum influence.

Here the Ramones go more poppy than "Ramones", but you can't help loving it."Gimmie Gimmie Shock treatment" is one of the best Ramones tracks out there and "Pinhead", and "Suzy is a Headbanger" are also great timeless songs. And anyway the Ramones stepped in partially a bubblegum band just added a wall of sound. 3rd best Ramones!!!


Formed: 1974 in Queens, New York, NY

Genre: Punk

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s

The Ramones were the first punk rock band. Other bands, such as the Stooges and the New York Dolls, came before them and set the stage and aesthetic for punk, and bands that immediately followed, such as the Sex Pistols, made the latent violence of the music more explicit, but the Ramones crystallized the musical ideals of the genre. By cutting rock & roll down to its bare essentials -- four chords; a simple, catchy melody; and irresistibly inane lyrics -- and speeding up the tempo considerably,...
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