Happy Families

15 Jan 2003
U2 join The Offspring, Metallica and Marilyn Manson on a tribute album to The Ramones, We're a Happy Family, released next month.

The collection of Ramones covers by artists handpicked by Johnny Ramone and Rob Zombie, also includes Red Hot Chili Peppers, Eddie Vedder with Zeke, Garbage, Green Day, the Pretenders, Rancid and Tom Waits. U2's contribution is Beat On The Brat.

'I think it's a good blend right there,' says Johnny Ramone, who consulted with the artists and made final selections. 'Some bands chose to record it in a Ramones style and other bands interpreted it into their own style. I think everyone did a great job.'

Following the death of the Ramones front man, Joey Ramone (nee Jeffrey Hyman), on Easter Sunday, 2001, U2 dedicated three songs to him at a concert in San Diego. The previous year, at a show at New York's Irving Plaza, Bono told the audience, 'We got started on the poetry and rock of New York City. The music of Patti Smith, Television -- but more than anybody, the band that got us started when we were fifteen, sixteen -- Larry was fourteen, still is -- was the music of the Ramones.'

Some proceeds from sales of 'We're A Happy Family - A Tribute To Ramones' will benefit the Lymphoma Research Foundation, New York City.

We're A Happy Family - A Tribute To Ramones Track Listing :

1."Havana Affair" - Red Hot Chili Peppers
2."Blitzkrieg Bop" - Rob Zombie
3."I Believe In Miracles" - Eddie Vedder with Zeke
4."53rd & 3rd" - Metallica
5."Beat On The Brat" - U2
6."Do You Remember Rock 'N' Roll Radio?" - Kiss
7."The KKK Took My Baby Away" - Marilyn Manson
8."I Just Wanna Have Something To Do" - Garbage
9."Outsider" - Green Day
10."Something To Believe In" - The Pretenders
11."Sheena Is A Punk Rocker" - Rancid
12."I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend" - Pete Yorn
13."I Wanna Be Sedated" - The Offspring
14."Here Today, Gone Tomorrow" - Rooney
15."Return Of Jackie & Judy" - Tom Waits
16. "Daytime Dilemma (Dangers Of Love)" - Eddie Vedder with Zeke (Limited Edition Bonus Track)

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