Various artists - We’re a Happy Family: A Tribute to the Ramones
Written by Nicholas Jennings
When Joey Ramone died in 2001, there was such an outpouring of nostalgia that it seemed the entire music world had been pogo-ing to his punk band’s three-chord thrash. That universality is reflected on this star-studded homage. For no-brainers, there’s Rancid, The Offspring and Green Day. More surprising choices are Garbage, Tom Waits and Marilyn Manson. But nothing tops hearing U2’s Bono, in a break from his crusade for world peace, singing about beating on the brat with a baseball bat. Priceless.
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