Rocket to Russia (The Queers album)

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Rocket to Russia
Studio album by The Queers
Released 1994
October 22, 1998
2001 (reissue)
Recorded 1994 at Flat Iron - Chicago, IL
Genre Pop punk, punk rock
Label Selfless
SFLS-28-1
Clearview Records
CRVW-28
Liberation
L-37838
Producer Ben Weasel
The Queers chronology
Love Songs for the Retarded
(1994)
Rocket to Russia
(1994)
Shout At The Queers
(1995)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars [1]

Rocket to Russia is a Ramones cover album by pop punk band The Queers.[2] This one of a series of full-length Ramones cover albums (which also included Ramones by Screeching Weasel, Leave Home by The Vindictives, Road to Ruin by The Mr. T Experience) released by Selfless Records in the mid-1990s.[3]

Queers vocalist and guitarist, Joe King, has repeatedly stated that the Ramones are one of the biggest influences on the band.[3][4][5][6] He wanted the Queers to sound "in between the Ramones and the Beach Boys."[7] However, he was not thrilled about recording a Ramones album, stating that "they're usually perfect to begin with."[8] At the time, the band did not have anything released except Love Songs for the Retarded and making the album helped them get by financially.[9]

This album has been praised for faithfully reproducing the sound of the original Rocket to Russia. It was called "an impressive feat of mimicry" and "a nice tribute to the [Queers'] obvious heroes. [3] This quality is the album's greatest strength showing how strongly influential the Ramones were.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Cretin Hop"
  2. "Rockaway Beach"
  3. "Here Today, Gone Tomorrow"
  4. "Locket Love"
  5. "I Don't Care"
  6. "Sheena Is a Punk Rocker"
  7. "We're a Happy Family"
  8. "Teenage Lobotomy"
  9. "Do You Wanna Dance?"
  10. "I Wanna Be Well"
  11. "I Can't Give You Anything"
  12. "Ramona"
  13. "Surfin' Bird"
  14. "Why Is It Always This Way?"
  15. "Blabbermouth" (Liberation Records reissue only)[2]

Personnel[edit]

  • Joe King - Guitar, Vocals
  • B-Face - Bass, Vocals
  • Jay - Drums
  • Ben Weasel - Vocals on "Surfin Bird"[2]

Notes[edit]