Brats On The Beat
Ramones For Kids
I don’t have kids, I don’t ever plan on having kids, and I don’t have any friends with kids,but if I did I would totally buy them Brats On The Beat’s Ramones For Kids as soon as the blood and gunk was wiped off of their screaming newborn bodies.
This Jennifer Precious Finch (L7, The Shocker) produced Ramones tribute is exactly what it sounds to be: Ramones songs done by, and for, kids. Finch phoned up her buddies in surrounding Cali-punk bands and got them into the studio with a bunch of elementary school kids. Legends from bands like Pennywise, Alkaline Trio, Bouncing Souls, The Adolescents, and TSOL sing lead as the brats on stay on the beat doing backing vocals.
The 12 songs chosen are the most accessible, pop-friendly tunes the Ramones ever made (oh wait, weren’t all of their songs accessible and pop friendly?! That’s what made the Ramones so great!): “Blitzkrieg Bop,” “Rock ‘n’ Roll High School,” “Suzy Is A Headbanger” to name a few. “I Wanna Be Sedated” is noticably missing. Perhaps hearing a bunch of preteens sing about being sedated was too controversial for even the coolest of parents, even though the song is apparently not about getting high (like most would assume), but about Joey’s anxieties about touring and having to go to a hospital after burning himself on a tea kettle. “Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue,” is also not on here, though think how perfect it would have been!
A portion of proceeds from Brats on the Beat goes to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
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