TITLE: Leave Home
YEAR RELEASED: 1977
CHART ACTION: #148 US, #45 UK
SINGLES: I Remember You, Swallow My Pride (#36 UK)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment, Suzy Is a Headbanger, Pinhead, California Sun, Commando
LINEUP: Johnny, Joey, Dee Dee, Tommy
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Second album, same as the first? Pretty much.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Sure, this album’s not AS good as their debut, but most of the songs aren’t played ad nauseum, and they do change gears a couple of time and get almost tender or something. It’s a pop album for the most part, but in a Ramones way, which is cool in of itself.
The cover of “California Sun” may be the best cover version they’ve ever done. It’s both respectful of the original, but gives it the Ramones treatment which almost steals the song from the original.
If you think the Ramones are played out, this album, while containing some lesser cuts, will bring you around to them again.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: “Carbona Not Glue” was pulled off the album after the first printing thanks to the makers of Carbona raising a ruckus. It was replaced with the single “Sheena Is a Punk Rocker” in the US (which also is on their followup album) and “Babysitter” in the UK. Now, the streaming copies have the right song.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes! Bonus cuts, demos and a whole live performance at the Roxy.
GRADE: A-: In totality, it’s not as consistent as their first one, but there’s a lot of great stuff here. Gabba-gabba-hey, as they say in “Pinhead”. Gabba-gabba-hey.