Seth Surmises – Leave Home

The Ramones – Leave Home


Preconceptions: As an aging punk rocker in his early forties, I have the expected reverence for the Ramones. I have, of course, owned this album on cassette, vinyl, and CD. Because of the iPodazion of my collection, it’s been a while since I’ve listened to it straight through. I was curious if my opinion of the songs had changed in the years since.

Favorite Track: Carbona Not Glue was my fav when I was a teenaged punk elitist as it was cut from later pressings and the posers hadn’t heard it, but now my favorite is Oh, Oh, I Love Her So. This was the track that caused my mother to remark in the 1980s that the Ramones sounded like the Beach Boys on drugs. She was woefully uninformed on the Beach Boys recreational pursuits. Their cover of California Sun was the first of a long line of great Cali Beach-pop covers for the Ramones.

Least Favorite: Gimme, Gimme Shock Treatment, which is a shock to me. Three hours ago I would have said Commando. Huh. 

Overall: Since I first heard this album in the back of the school bus on the way home from Our Lady of Victory Jr High, I have always included this as one of my favorite albums. I have since listened to more of the 60s California pop that was clearly the Ramones greatest influence and I think that is why I prefer songs like You’re Gonna Kill That Girl,  Swallow My Pride, & Glad To See You Go, which have that feel.


Still 5 out of 5, 4 out of 4, three thumbs up, whatever,


Seth (40 Posts)

Seth (in a nutshell) is an aging punk rocker and five year resident of Cubistan, taking the office job after many years in music & fashion retail. He is a lifelong New England resident, with the exception of a year spent in Orlando Florida, the armpit of the universe. He is a skeptical cynic with a hairtrigger bullshit detector. Seth lives in Brass City, Connecticut with his wife, Vicki; his cat, Norwegian Black Metal; and his wife’s cat, who’s name he forgets.

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