The Ramones: Heard Them Here First

The Ramones: Heard Them Here First


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Following a series of compilations called You Heard It Here First!, which collected original versions of songs made more famous when covered, Ace Records got artist-specific with the series, issuing compilations of songs either covered by or deeply influential to Elvis, the Fall, and now, the Ramones. The Ramones never shied away from a good cover tune, and their tastes were generally confined to '60s radio pop, girl group, surf, and a touch of psychedelic garage rock. They even went so far as to record an entire album of covers with 1993's lighthearted Acid Eaters, a set of covers that leaned heavily on masters of psychedelic garage like Love, the Seeds, and the Troggs as well as early-'60s surf classics from the Beach Boys and Jan & Dean. The Ramones: Heard Them Here First is an easy mark, collecting the original versions later recorded by a band whose members wore their influences proudly on their sleeves and were drawn more to genre-defining classics than obscure rarities. The collection is thorough, moving in chronological order from Chris Montez's "Let's Dance" (covered on the Ramones' 1976 debut album) through to Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World" and the Stooges' "1969" as covered by Joey Ramone on his posthumous 2002 album, Don't Worry About Me. Ace did their homework, too, because not even a cover of 1910 Fruitgum Company's goofy bubblegum hit "Indian Giver" from a late-'80s 12" B-side was lost in the shuffle. The only covers that aren't from the golden age of late-'50s and 1960s teen pop and surf are Motörhead's tribute to the band "R.A.M.O.N.E.S." and Tom Waits' wistful Peter Pan tale "I Don't Wanna Grow Up" from his 1992 masterpiece, Bone Machine. There's nothing revelatory about the collection, but these classic tracks make sense together as much as they did when covered in a sped-up punked-out fashion by the Ramones, who were a classic band in their own right.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/04/2012
Label: Ace Records Uk
UPC: 0029667050722
catalogNumber: 6705072
Rank: 52079


  1. Let's Dance
  2. California Sun
  3. Surfin' Bird
  4. Do You Wanna Dance
  5. Needles and Pins
  6. Come on, Let's Go
  7. Baby I Love You
  8. I Got You Babe
  9. Little Bit o' Soul
  10. Time Has Come Today
  11. Indian Giver
  12. Surf City
  13. I Can't Control Myself
  14. My Back Pages
  15. Surfin' Safari
  16. Can't Seem to Make You Mine
  17. Shape of Things to Come
  18. Journey to the Center of the Mind
  19. Somebody to Love
  20. 7 and 7 Is
  21. I Don't Wanna Grow Up
  22. R.A.M.O.N.E.S.
  23. 1969
  24. What a Wonderful World

Album Credits

Technical Credits

John Cale   Producer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Ted Nugent   Composer
Iggy Pop   Composer
Tom Waits   Composer,Producer
Brian Wilson   Composer,Producer
Ellie Greenwich   Composer
Sky Saxon   Composer
Mike Love   Composer
Barry Mann   Composer
Jack Nitzsche   Arranger,Composer
Larry Page   Producer
Murry Wilson   Producer
Bobby Bloom   Composer,Producer
Phil Spector   Composer,Producer
Roger Armstrong   Illustrations
Ron Asheton   Composer
Scott Asheton   Composer
Jeff Barry   Composer
Jan Berry   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Sonny Bono   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Kathleen Brennan   Composer
Joe Chambers   Composer
Willie Chambers   Composer
Ritchie Cordell   Composer,Producer
Mike Curb   Producer
Steve Farmer   Composer
Bobby Freeman   Composer
Henry Glover   Composer
Tony Hatch   Producer
Jac Holzman   Producer
Rick Jarrard   Producer
Jerry Kasenetz   Producer
Jeff Katz   Producer
Arthur Lee   Composer
Morris Levy   Composer
Reg Presley   Composer
Bob Shad   Producer
Darby Slick   Composer
Bob Thiele   Composer,Producer
Gary Usher   Producer
Ritchie Valens   Composer
Cynthia Weil   Composer
George David Weiss   Composer
Carl White   Composer
Frazier   Composer
Marcus Tybalt   Producer
Alec Palao   Illustrations
Bob Keane   Producer
Phil Campbell   Composer
Tommy Goodman   Direction
Mick Patrick   Illustrations
Michael Burston   Composer
John Carter   Composer
Elliot Chiprut   Producer
Turner Wilson   Composer
Harvey Williams   Illustrations
Jim Lee   Composer,Producer
Bo Gentry   Composer,Producer
Lemmy Kilmister   Composer
Ken Lewis   Composer
John Harris   Composer
Danny Fields   Cover Photo
George Garrett   Producer
Colm O'Brien   Memorabilia
Dave Rubinson   Producer
Ian Johnston   Liner Notes
Philip Taylor   Composer
David Alexander   Composer
Bill Dobslaw   Producer
Peter Soley   Producer

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