Sunday, September 4, 2011

The Vindictives - Leave Home

Sure, there's lots of knock-off Ramones bands, Ramones cover bands, and bands who cover Ramones songs, but how many people just up and cover a whole album front to back?  Chicago's legendarily neurotic Vindictives do this, and maintain a level of spontaneity and pranksterism that elevates it to the level of Dada Not Doodoo.


  1. Only Anonymous because I don't have one of these accounts-
    Everything you post is good. The Vindictives are far and away my favorite "pop punk" band. The Many Moods of the Vindictives collection is flawless. All their records are good, but I'm still not sure I can hang with the album of "krautrock" interpretations of their songs (though it seems like a great idea) or the unplugged album. I really appreciate your taste in music. I've been digging that Oransi Pazuzu record you put up awhile back. Been checking in for awhile, sorry I didn't comment earlier.


  2. This was actually a bit of a trend in the '90s with bands like these. My personal favorite is probably Screeching Weasel doing the first Ramones album. They didn't get too adventurous with it, but it still sounds fantastic!

  3. Yes, "Many Moods" is a pretty flawless record, and "Partytime for Assholes" almost as much, but the boys certainly had their fair share of bad ideas too. Thanks for the kind words.

    I forgot about that Screeching Weasel album - it's a little too reverent in my opinion. One of the best things about this one is that it doesn't really sound that much like the original.

  4. I believe Selfless Records released a whole series of these in the 90's.

  5. Boris the Sprinkler did End of the Century pretty well, but this is my favorite Ramones cover album. The vocal harmonies are great, and endless. Many Moods is g'damn fantastic. I know too many people who can't dig the Vindictives sound, especially Joey's vocals, but they are one+ of the greats of the '90s.


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