12 Songs, 31 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

By the '90s, The Ramones were veterans on the scene. Their live concerts were their bread and butter while new albums were met with lower expectations. The band members had always been huge fans of rock ‘n’ roll, having grown up with the music playing on their AM radios. So when The Ramones decided to record an album of covers there was plenty of material to choose from. They decided to largely focus on songs from the psychedelic era—hence Acid Eaters. It’s an interesting idea, but the concept broke down somewhat when they went in to do it; the songs that made the album were mostly more of a garage/punk sound. So while The Amboy Dukes’ “Journey to the Center of the Mind” was too complex to meld with The Ramones' approach, The Who’s “Substitute,” Jefferson Airplane’s “Somebody to Love,” The Animals’ “When I Was Young," and The Troggs’ “I Can’t Control Myself” ended up coming closest to the band’s own music.

EDITORS’ NOTES

By the '90s, The Ramones were veterans on the scene. Their live concerts were their bread and butter while new albums were met with lower expectations. The band members had always been huge fans of rock ‘n’ roll, having grown up with the music playing on their AM radios. So when The Ramones decided to record an album of covers there was plenty of material to choose from. They decided to largely focus on songs from the psychedelic era—hence Acid Eaters. It’s an interesting idea, but the concept broke down somewhat when they went in to do it; the songs that made the album were mostly more of a garage/punk sound. So while The Amboy Dukes’ “Journey to the Center of the Mind” was too complex to meld with The Ramones' approach, The Who’s “Substitute,” Jefferson Airplane’s “Somebody to Love,” The Animals’ “When I Was Young," and The Troggs’ “I Can’t Control Myself” ended up coming closest to the band’s own music.

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