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Leave Home is the second studio album by the Ramones, released in 1977. It's generally seen as one of their best albums and is best known for "Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment" and "Pinhead".


Side One

  1. "Glad To See You Go" (2:10)
  2. "Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment" (1:38)
  3. "I Remember You" (2:15)
  4. "Oh, Oh, I Love Her So" (2:03)
  5. "Carbona Not Glue" (1:56)
  6. "Suzy Is A Headbanger" (2:08)
  7. "Pinhead" (2:42)

Side Two

  1. "Now I Wanna Be A Good Boy" (2:10)
  2. "Swallow My Pride" (2:03)
  3. "What's Your Game" (2:33)
  4. "California Sun" (1:58)
  5. "Commando" (1:51)
  6. "You're Gonna Kill That Girl" (2:36)
  7. "You Should Never Have Opened That Door" (1:54)

Bonus Tracks (2001 Expanded Edition):

  1. "Babysitter" (2:44)
  2. "Loudmouth (Live)" (2:08)
  3. "Beat On The Brat (Live)" (2:36)
  4. "Blitzkrieg Bop (Live)" (2:13)
  5. "I Remember You (Live)" (2:17)
  6. "Glad To See You Go (Live)" (2:03)
  7. "Chain Saw (Live)" (1:51)
  8. "53rd & 3rd (Live)" (2:27)
  9. "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend (Live)" (2:22)
  10. "Havana Affair (Live)" (1:53)
  11. "Listen To My Heart (Live)" (1:47)
  12. "California Sun (Live)" (1:58)
  13. "Judy Is A Punk (Live)" (1:23)
  14. "I Don't Wanna Walk Around With You (Live)" (1:31)
  15. "Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World (Live)" (2:52)
  16. "Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue (Live)" (1:28)
  17. "Let's Dance (Live)" (2:06)

Principal Members:

  • Dee Dee Ramone - bass, vocals
  • Joey Ramone - lead vocals
  • Johnny Ramone - guitar
  • Tommy Ramone - drums

Gimme Gimme Trope Treatment:

  • Anti-Love Song: "Glad To See You Go".
    You gotta go go go go goodbye glad to see you go go go go goodbye
    Now I know the score I don't need you any-more don't want
    You cause you're a bore I need somebody good I need a miracle
    Should I take a chance on her? One bullet in the cylinder.
  • Be Yourself: "What's Your Game", about a girl who should be herself instead of something she's not.
  • Break Up Song: "I Remember You".
    I remember lying awake at night and thinking just of you
    But things don't last forever, and somehow baby they never really do.
  • Call-Back and Continuity Nod: "Carbona Not Glue" was a follow-up to "Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue" from Ramones. In "Oh, Oh, I Love Her So" Joey Ramone sings how he met a girl at Burger King, while in "I'm Against It" from Road to Ruin he sings he is "against Burger King". "Pinhead" would receive a follow-up song with "Cretin Hop" from Rocket to Russia.
  • Cover Version: "California Sun".
  • Dirty Communists: "Commando".
    Third rule is: "Don't talk to commies"
  • Don't Touch It, You Idiot!: "You Should Never Have Opened The Door", a song about the horror clichés of opening a door where something evil is lurking.
  • Dutch Angle: The band is photographed this way on the album cover.
  • Electronic Speech Impediment: The voices of the pinheads near the end of "Pinhead" are sped up.
  • Face on the Cover: The band is featured on the album cover.
  • "I Want" Song: "Now I Wanna Be A Good Boy". Subverted by "Pinhead".
    I don't wanna be no pinhead no more.
  • The Masochism Tango: "Glad To See You Go", about a violent relationship.
  • Miniscule Rocking: "Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment", "Carbona Not Blue", "California Sun", "Commando" and "You Should Never Have Opened That Door" which are all under two minutes long.
  • Misogyny Song: "You're Gonna Kill That Girl", where Joey Ramone witnesses a girl being beat down on the street.
  • Momma's Boy: "Commando".
    Second rule is: "Be nice to mommy"
  • Music Is Politics: "Swallow My Pride" was about their record company Sire Records. Tommy had used the expression "You gotta swallow your pride" when signing to their record company.
  • One-Woman Song: "Suzy Is A Headbanger".
  • One-Word Title: "Pinhead", "Commando".
  • The Power of Love: "Oh, Oh, I Love Her So".
  • Product Placement:
    • "Oh, Oh, I Love Her So", where Joey tells how he met a girl at Burger King.
    • "Carbona Not Glue", about the stain-removal product Carbona, though the song was kept off the album when Carbona complained.
  • Questioning Title?: "What's Your Game?"
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: "Glad To See You Go" was written about Dee Dee's former girlfriend Connie. "Suzy Is A Headbanger" was inspired by the 1947 film "Nightmare Alley".
  • Sanity Slippage: "Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment".
    I was feeling sick
    I was losing my mind
    I heard about these treatments.
  • Shout-Out:
    • "Glad To See You Go" is sang from the viewpoint of a killer and namedrops Charles Manson:
    And in a moment of passion get the glory like Charles Manson.
    • "Pinhead" is a shout-out to Freaks. The band would also lift their catchphrase "Gabba Gabba Hey" from the film, a corruption of "Gobble gobble, one of us".
    • "Suzy Is A Headbanger" was sampled during "High Plains Drifter" from Paul's Boutique by the Beastie Boys.
  • Spelling Song: "Pinhead".
    Everyone's accusing me!
  • Stock Sound Effects: The gobbling pinheads near the end of "Pinhead".
  • Too Dumb to Live: "Pinhead", where the protagonist is tired for being picked upon for being not very bright.
  • War Is Glorious: "Commando".
    They do their best, they do what they can
    They get them ready for Vietnam.