Leave Home



by Chewbacca USER (32 Reviews)
August 15th, 2005 | 10 replies | 9,951 views

Release Date: 1977 | Tracklist

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Leave Home is a fairly appropriate title for the Ramones' second full-length. Their first albu, Ramones, established the signature punk sound, but Leave Home improved on it. The production is slightly better, a smooth edge added to each of the songs. While this does a fuller sense of pop mentality to the songs, they hardly need it. Though the band wrote the material for the first two albums before either were recorded, the songs here are more melodic, with the pop sensibilities bubbling from almost every song. The Ramones even take their twisted, sometimes tasteless humor even farther on Leave Home, but they somehow make it all sound as if they were singing about a happy meadow with bunnies, flowers, rays of sunshine, and lots and lots of candy. Ya get me?

The songs on here range from twisted, drugs, murder, and shock treaments, to hanging out at Coney Island, California, and babysitting. The topics, though fairly standard Ramones affair, always keep me interested. The simplicity of the lyrics make the songs even more charming. "Carbona Not Glue" was removed after the first set of copies, due to the fact that the band refer to sniffing to Carbona cleaning fluid, a potentially life-threatening substance, and "Babysitter" was included on the U.K. version; an ode to romance with a girl while she's babysitting, and is fairly reminiscent of 60s R&B ballads, while "Oh Oh I Love Her So" is a cheerful, upbeat song about hanging out at Coney Island and Burger King, once again proving their fascination with 50s and 60s rock and pop music. "Pinhead" is the rallying call of geeks, nerds, outcasts, and anybody who wants to be with the Ramones, with lines like "Gabba gabb, we accept you, we accept you, one of us". All of the songs here are absolutely wonderful; each would make a wonderful single. The album is quite varied, in lyrical content and in musical approach, despite claims that all Ramones songs sound alike, and it proves to be one of their best albums.


In addition to the full album, the 2001 Rhino reissue of Leave Home contains a full concert of the band playing at the Roxy in Los Angeles, on August 12, 1976, opening for the Flamin' Groovies. All of the songs are from their first two albums, obviously. The sound quality, though not perfect, reflects the rawness of their live performance, buit it doesn't match the wall of sound later captured on albums like It's Alive. The songs are performed at their regular speed, despite people claiming that they played 15 songs in 20 minutes, or something like that. The band didn't start to speed up the songs until around '78, so the songs here seem to lag a little bit compared to other live albums. It is a nice addition to the album, but it isn't exactly the best concert that I've ever heard from the Ramones.

If You're Feeling Sinister:
"Oh Oh I Lover Her So"
"Carbona Not Glue"
"California Sun"

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August 15th 2005


Good review. How many you got left to go?This Message Edited On 08.15.05

August 15th 2005


Album Rating: 4.0

great album and review :thumb:

August 15th 2005


I have six of their studio albums reviewed so far, so that leaves eight more.

August 15th 2005


Album Rating: 4.5

Great review, gets the point across without becoming overly complex and really conveys what the album sounds and feels like. I can't find this album on CD anywhere but I actually just listened to it yesterday. Had to go through some good vinyl after writing that Bay City Rollers review. Now that I see the reissue has a live concert I'm going to have a look for it the next time I'm album shopping.

I'm curious about Babysitter too I think I'll download it and give it a listen, damn UK releases and their extra songs :P it's almost as bad as Japan.

August 15th 2005


Album Rating: 5.0

I like this one better than their first album.

It's just as classic, even if it's pretty simillar to that one.

Good review.

March 19th 2006


Album Rating: 4.0

Glad to see you go, California Sun, I remember you and Pinhead are the best tracks on here. good review. Someone should review more of their live albums.

Loud, Fast - the ramones

April 2nd 2006


Very good Ramones record. Gimme gimme shock treatment is incredibly catchy--im always listening to it.

good review :D

August 21st 2013


Album Rating: 4.5

SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO much better than the first Ramones album.

February 15th 2014


Album Rating: 3.0

I think this is the weakest out of the first four (1970s) Ramones albums.

April 9th 2014


Album Rating: 5.0

This is their best as far as I'm concerned. More variety than the first, but less fluff than R2R. Commando is so ridiculous and so good.

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