Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Record of the week – Glad to see you go

"You gotta go go go go goodbye 
Glad to see you go go go go goodbye 
The opening track on Leave Home is Dee Dee's song about his then-girlfriend Connie. There are a lot of crazy stories about Dee Dee and Connie and finally the madness ended up in a classic Ramones track, Glad to see you go. It was released as a single in one country only – Italy.
And as if that wasn't good enough the single also has the song Babysitter as an extra track on the A-side, unreleased on any LP in Italy by the time.
Unlike all other countries outside the Uk and U.S. in the pre-Warner era (1976-1977) the Italian releases came out on the Sire label instead of Philips. I guess it has to do with the fact that RCA was the distributor in Italy instead of Phonogram.
The sleeve-designer did his or her best to put Ramones in the middle of the British punk-explosion with a big razor blade on the cover. I don't think the band had anything to do with that...
Never the less, a great picture sleeve, two great songs and the first italian Ramones single.

Songs: Glad to see you go/Babysitter//California Sun/I don't wanna walk around with you (live)
Number: Sire SAA 734
Year: 1977
Country: Italy
Notes: Stock version with yellow labels and a white label promo-version

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