Acid Eaters

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Acid Eaters
Ramones - Acid Eaters cover.jpg
Studio album by the Ramones
Released December 1, 1993
Recorded 1993
Genre Punk rock, psychedelic rock
Length 30:53
Label Radioactive, Chrysalis
Producer Scott Hackwith
Ramones chronology
Mondo Bizarro
Acid Eaters
¡Adios Amigos!
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly A−[2]
Robert Christgau (1-star Honorable Mention)[3]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[4]
Uncut 4/5 stars[5]

Acid Eaters is the 13th studio album by the American punk band the Ramones.

Recorded in 1993, towards the end of the Ramones' career, the album is often set apart from other Ramones releases in that it is entirely composed of covers. Acid Eaters forms a musical tribute to the Ramones' 1960s favorites, and highlights the influence that garage rock bands like the Seeds or the Amboy Dukes, and better known bands such as the Beach Boys, the Who and the Rolling Stones (all of whom are covered in this album) had on their music.


Acid Eaters was not the first time that the Ramones had played or recorded cover songs. In the past, they had placed cover songs on almost every album to translate their favorite songs to the punk rock sound. Covers had always formed a minor part of the Ramones' act, and a version of Chris Montez's hit "Let's Dance" (written by and credited to Jim Lee) even appeared on their debut album. Other notable covers previously performed by the group include the Searchers' "Needles and Pins" (written by Sonny Bono and Jack Nitzsche, originally recorded by Jackie DeShannon), "Baby, I Love You" by the Ronettes, "Take It As It Comes" by the Doors, "Surfin' Bird" by the Trashmen, "California Sun" by the Rivieras (originally recorded by Joe Jones) and the Beach Boys' "Do You Wanna Dance?" (originally recorded by Bobby Freeman). Acid Eaters, however, was the first complete set of covers.

Jan and Dean's "Surf City" was performed live by the Ramones in the early 1980s. Pete Townshend supplies backing vocals on the Who cover "Substitute", while Traci Lords sings on "Somebody to Love".

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Journey to the Center of the Mind" (Original by The Amboy Dukes) Ted Nugent/Steve Farmer 2:52
2. "Substitute" (Original by the Who) Pete Townshend 3:15
3. "Out of Time" (Original by the Rolling Stones) Mick Jagger/Keith Richards 2:41
4. "The Shape of Things to Come" (Original by Max Frost and the Troopers) Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil 1:46
5. "Somebody to Love" (Original by the Great Society, popularized by Jefferson Airplane) Darby Slick 2:31
6. "When I Was Young" (Original by the Animals) Eric Burdon/John Weider/Vic Briggs/Danny McCulloch/Barry Jenkins 3:16
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
7. "7 and 7 Is" (Original by Love) Arthur Lee 1:50
8. "My Back Pages" (Original by Bob Dylan, popularized by the Byrds) Bob Dylan 2:27
9. "Can't Seem to Make You Mine" (Original by the Seeds) Sky Saxon 2:42
10. "Have You Ever Seen the Rain?" (Original by Creedence Clearwater Revival) John Fogerty 2:22
11. "I Can't Control Myself" (Original by the Troggs) Reg Presley 2:55
12. "Surf City" (Original by Jan and Dean) Brian Wilson/Jan Berry 2:26

Note: The 1997 vinyl version has the same songs, but a different track order.

CD Bonus track in Japan and Brazil
No. Title Writer(s) Length
13. "Surfin' Safari" (Original by the Beach Boys) Brian Wilson/Mike Love 1:47


Additional musicians[edit]



Year Chart Position
1994 The Billboard 200 179[6]


  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Acid Eaters - Ramones". AllMusic. Retrieved 9 August 2009. 
  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. ^ "Album information Acid Eaters". Billboard. Archived from the original on 7 August 2009. Retrieved 9 August 2009.