Acid Eaters

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Acid Eaters
Ramones - Acid Eaters cover.jpg
Studio album of cover songs by
ReleasedDecember 1, 1993
ProducerScott Hackwith
Ramones chronology
Mondo Bizarro
Acid Eaters
¡Adios Amigos!
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic2/5 stars[1]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[2]
Robert Christgau(1-star Honorable Mention)[3]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[4]
Uncut4/5 stars[5]
Rock Hard8.0/10[6]

Acid Eaters is the thirteenth studio album by the American punk band the 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). Johnny Ramone gave the album a B-, saying that it was hit or miss, while C. J. Ramone gave it a D, saying that it was done strictly for the money[7][8]


Acid Eaters 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, 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. 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 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.[7]

The Ramones 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 one
1."Journey to the Center of the Mind" (Original by The Amboy Dukes)Ted Nugent, Steve Farmer2:52
2."Substitute" (Original by The Who)Pete Townshend3:15
3."Out of Time" (Original by The Rolling Stones)Mick Jagger, Keith Richards2:41
4."The Shape of Things to Come" (Original by Max Frost and the Troopers)Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil1:46
5."Somebody to Love" (Original by the Great Society, popularized by Jefferson Airplane)Darby Slick2:31
6."When I Was Young" (Original by The Animals)Eric Burdon, John Weider, Vic Briggs, Danny McCulloch, Barry Jenkins3:16
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

  • Joe McGinty – keyboards
  • Pete Townshend – backing vocals (track 2)
  • Sebastian Bach – backing vocals (track 3)
  • Traci Lords – backing vocals (track 5)


Year Chart Peak
1993 Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[9] 26
1994 Canada Top Albums/CDs (RPM)[10] 48
US Billboard 200[11] 179


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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.
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  6. ^ "Review Album: The Ramones - Acid Eaters". Rock Hard (in German). No. 79. 1993. Retrieved 9 October 2020.
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