Acid Eaters

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Acid Eaters
Ramones - Acid Eaters cover.jpg
Studio album of cover songs by
ReleasedDecember 1, 1993
  • Baby Monster (New York City)
  • Chung King (New York City)
ProducerScott Hackwith
Ramones chronology
Mondo Bizarro
Acid Eaters
¡Adios Amigos!
Professional ratings
Review scores
Entertainment WeeklyA−[2]
Robert Christgau(1-star Honorable Mention)[3]
Rolling Stone[4]
Rock Hard8.0/10[6]

Acid Eaters is the thirteenth studio album by American punk rock band Ramones.

Released in 1993, towards the end of the Ramones' career, the album is the band's first and only album entirely composed of covers. Acid Eaters forms a musical tribute to the Ramones' favorite artists of the 1960s and highlights the influences the Ramones took from garage rock bands like the Seeds and the Amboy Dukes, as well as from popular bands such as the Beach Boys, the Who and the Rolling Stones (all of whom are covered on this album).


Although Acid Eaters is specifically made of covers from the sixties, it was not the first time that the Ramones had played or recorded cover songs, with the band having released cover versions on most of their albums, almost all or them from the sixties, starting with a cover of Chris Montez's hit "Let's Dance" (written by and credited to Jim Lee) on their debut album. Other notable covers previously performed by the group include: the Rivieras' "California Sun" (originally recorded by Joe Jones); the Beach Boys' "Do You Wanna Dance?" (originally recorded by Bobby Freeman); the Trashmen's "Surfin' Bird"; the Searchers' "Needles and Pins" (written by Sonny Bono and Jack Nitzsche, originally recorded by Jackie DeShannon); the Ronettes' "Baby, I Love You"; the Music Explosion's "Little Bit O' Soul"; the Chambers Brothers' "Time Has Come Today"; Freddy Cannon's "Palisades Park"; and the Doors' "Take It as It Comes." Jan and Dean's "Surf City" had been performed live by the Ramones on one occasion on August 20, 1982, in New York City, but makes its studio debut here.


In his 2012 autobiography Commando, Johnny Ramone called the album "hit-and-miss," stating that many of the songs "were done with studio work, arrangements, and tricks, which was really different for us", and that the band "experimented to mixed success." He added that "we were getting all kinds of suggestions from everybody, and it was getting to be a pain in the ass. I mean, 'She's Not There' by the Zombies?" Johnny awarded the album a "B−" grade.[7] Bassist C.J. Ramone gave the album a "D" grade, saying that it was done strictly for the money.[8]

The album features several guest singers on backing vocals, namely Pete Townshend on "Substitute," Sebastian Bach on "Out of Time" and Traci Lords on "Somebody to Love." According to Johnny Ramone, while he considered Townshend "one of the greats and one of my guitar heroes", Townshend was a half an hour late for his session, resulting in Johnny giving up and leaving the studio to watch a Yankee game.[9]

According to C.J. Ramone, Acid Eaters was only going to be an EP before manager Gary Kurfirst promised a bigger advance as well as a bigger cut if they made it a full release.[8]


The band promoted the album on the animated Cartoon Network talk show Space Ghost Coast to Coast, in the first season episode entitled "Bobcat".

Track listing[edit]

Side two
7."7 and 7 Is" (Original by Love)Arthur Lee1:50
8."My Back Pages" (Original by Bob Dylan, popularized by the Byrds)Bob Dylan2:27
9."Can't Seem to Make You Mine" (Original by the Seeds)Sky Saxon2:42
10."Have You Ever Seen the Rain?" (Original by Creedence Clearwater Revival)John Fogerty2:22
11."I Can't Control Myself" (Original by the Troggs)Reg Presley2:55
12."Surf City" (Original by Jan and Dean)Brian Wilson, Jan Berry2:26
CD Bonus track in Japan and Brazil
13."Surfin' Safari" (Original by the Beach Boys)Brian Wilson, Mike Love1:47



Additional musicians


  • Scott Hackwith – producer, mixing
  • Gary Kurfirst – executive producer
  • Trent Slatton – engineer, mixing
  • Bryce Goggin – assistant engineer (Baby Monster)
  • Rojo – assistant engineer (Baby Monster)
  • Johnny Wydrycs – assistant engineer (Chung King)
  • Jack Hersca – assistant engineer (Chung King)
  • Diego Garrido – assistant engineer (Chung King)
  • Peter Beckerman – assistant engineer (Sound on Sound)
  • Scott Hull – mastering


Chart (1993-1994) Peak
Canada Top Albums/CDs (RPM)[10] 48
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[11] 85
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[12] 26
US Billboard 200[13] 179


Region Certification Certified units/sales
Argentina (CAPIF)[14] Gold 30,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.


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  2. ^ Flaherty, Mike (14 January 1994). "Acid Eaters Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 9 August 2009.
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "CG: Ramones". Retrieved 9 December 2012.
  4. ^ "Acid Eaters album review". Rolling Stone.
  5. ^ "Acid Eaters Album reviews". CD Universe.
  6. ^ "Review Album: The Ramones - Acid Eaters". Rock Hard (in German). No. 79. 1993. Retrieved 9 October 2020.
  7. ^ Ramone, Johnny (2012). Commando: The Autobiography of Johnny Ramone. Abrams Image. p. 161. ISBN 978-0-8109-9660-1.
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  11. ^ Oricon Album Chart Book: Complete Edition 1970–2005 (in Japanese). Roppongi, Tokyo: Oricon Entertainment. 2006. ISBN 4-87131-077-9.
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  13. ^ "Ramones Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 22 April 2018.
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