|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.