Episode 74 is here, the wheel has given us one of the godfathers of punk, The Ramones and their 1977 album Leave Home! Mark and Sav give their opinions on this seminal Punk Rock band and their music!
Leave Home is the second studio album by the American punk rock band Ramones. It was released on January 10, 1977. Songs on the album were written immediately after the band’s first album’s writing process, which demonstrated the band’s progression. The album had a higher production value than their debut Ramones and featured faster tempos. The front photo was taken by Moshe Brakha and the back cover, which would become the band’s logo, was designed by Arturo Vega. The album spawned three singles, but only one succeeded in charting. It was also promoted with several tour dates in the United States and Europe.
The songs in Leave Home concentrate on various themes, with the musical tones being diverse as well. Some tunes were more pop-oriented, while others, like “Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment” and “Pinhead” were loaded with distorted guitars and had a more punk rock sound. The song “Carbona Not Glue” was taken off the album because it potentially violated the trademark of the stain-removal product Carbona. The track was replaced with “Babysitter” in the United Kingdom and “Sheena Is a Punk Rocker” in the United States (prior to its inclusion on Rocket to Russia); both “Carbona” and “Babysitter” were included on the 2001 expanded edition.
Critical reception for the album was generally favorable, with several reviewers pointing out the fact that it highly resembled the band’s debut album. Critics also said the album was less groundbreaking than their debut but had humorous and enjoyable pieces. The album peaked at 148 on the Billboard 200 despite its critical acclaim as well as the band members expecting more commercial success.
Joey Ramone – lead and backing vocals
Johnny Ramone – guitar
Dee Dee Ramone – bass, backing vocals
Tommy Ramone – drums, additional guitar
Ed Stasium – additional guitar, Hammond organ on “Oh Oh I Love Her So”, backing vocals
Tony Bongiovi – percussion
Tony Bongiovi – producer
Tommy Ramone – producer (credited as T. Erdelyi), mixing
Ed Stasium – engineer, mixing
Bob Clearmountain – engineer
Ray Janos – mastering
Moshe Brakha – front cover photography
John Gillespie – art direction
Pat Chiono – design
Arturo Vega – back cover art
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