Monday, March 13, 2006

Now I Wanna Be A Good Droid



Star Wars (1995 "Faces" VHS).


Leave Home, the 1977 sophomore effort from the Ramones. Many regard this as the band's finest hour, and with good reason. "Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment," "Oh Oh I Love Her So," "Pinhead," "Commando," "You're Gonna Kill That Girl" - the awesomeness is unrelenting. I used the 2001 remaster, which put the long-absent "Carbona Not Glue" back in its rightful place and slapped the song's replacement, "Babysitter," at the end of the album.

As usual, I started this bad boy right after the second drumroll in the 20th Century Fox fanfare.


- The ending refrain of "Glad To See You Go" ("go, go, go, goodbye!") is heard as the opening crawl fades off into space.

- One of the pick slides in "Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment" coincides with the door aboard the Tantive IV bursting into flames.

- The lyric "she's my sweetheart" in "Oh Oh I Love Her So" coincides with a shot of Princess Leia.

- The line "after it's over, there's nowhere to go" in "Carbona Not Glue" is heard as we see the droids walking away from the escape pod on the surface of Tatooine.

- R2-D2, a victim of the Jawa's blaster, falls down and bashes his dome right after Joey Ramone says, "Headbanger!" in "Suzy is a Headbanger."

- The opening chant in "Pinhead" ("Gabba Gabba, we accept you, we accept you, one of us!") is heard as the Jawas crawl out from behind the rocks and descend upon R2-D2.

- A cymbal crash in "Pinhead" coincides with the spark caused by the application of R2-D2's restraining bolt.

- The line "now I wanna be good boy" in "Now I Wanna Be A Good Boy" is heard as Luke dutifully runs to answer his Aunt, who is calling him.

- R5-D4 explodes at the same time we hear Joey Ramone say, "things are looking grim" in "Swallow My Pride."

- The line "I know your name" in "What's Your Game" coincides with Luke telling C-3PO to call him "just Luke."

- "You're Gonna Kill That Girl" is playing during the Tusken Raider attack.

- The phrase "open that door" is repeated in "You Should Never Have Opened That Door" as Ben Kenobi hears the name Obi-Wan, opening the door, if you will, for the crazy adventure he, Luke, and the droids go on.


Gabba Gabba Hey, what can I say? Twelve ain't too bad. Nothing really jaw-dropping, though. It was a fun one, that's for sure. Everything's fun with the Ramones.

Leave Home actually has one other connection with Star Wars: a guy named Tony Bongiovi. Tony was the main producer on Leave Home, and later that year he ended up working with Meco Monardo on his infamous disco interpretation of the Star Wars theme music. Tony would make a handful of records with Meco, including 1980's bizarre Christmas in the Stars, on which C-3PO and R2-D2 sing assorted Christmas carols to one another.

You know who else was involved in that Christmas in the Stars malarky? Tony Bongiovi's cousin, Jon Bongiovi. A few years after crooning with R2-D2, Jon changed his last name to Bon Jovi and formed a band. You may have heard of them. They only ruled 1987 with extreme prejudice. Nowadays, they pretty much only rule New Jeresy and parts of Pennsylvania, but they still do so with extreme prejudice.

Oh, and in case you're wondering, yes, I have heard Christmas in the Stars. It's actually not that bad, if you're into shitty Christmas music featuring robots from the early eighties. Well, I guess that's kind of a barren genre. Regardless, it's not that bad.


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