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The Ramones Hard to Find Bonus Tracks pt 5 (accidental prequel) – “Carbona Not Glue”

The Ramones “Hard to Find” bonus tracks pt 1 “Street Fighting Man”
The Ramones “Hard to Find” Bonus Tracks pt 2- Smash You
The Ramones Hard to Find Bonus Tracks pt 3 “Can’t Say Anything Nice”

Let’s take a break from the Beggar’s Banquet 12″ singles as a source of “Non Album” tracks that could be considered “Bonus Tracks” back in the days before everything was available online in some form or another
Let’s talk about a track that became rare by accident

The average non-obsessive Ramones fan in 1991 would have a hard time knowing what was going on at the 2:57 mark on track 17 of their new album “Loco Live”
It seems there is an untitled song tacked onto the end of the song “Pet Sematary” that talks about huffing
The song is Carbona Not Glue and it has a dubious back story

Let’s jump back from 1991 to 1977 when The Ramones release their second studio album “Leave Home”
The original pressing included Carbona but was hastily removed after they discovered that Carbona was a trademarked brand name and that they had a potential lawsuit on their hands
It was replaced by the track “Babysitter” and later by “Sheena Is A Punk Rocker” in anticipation for the next album “Rocket To Russia”

I had bought the vinyl album of Leave Home and had no idea that Carbona was an issue
One of my friends was bragging that he had a bootleg 45 with Cabona on it whereupon I replied “And?”
He told me the story that I just told you but then I showed him my copy of Leave Home

Evidently, I had inadvertently purchased a very rare album
Too bad it got absolutely destroyed by water damage along with the rest of my albums

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The Ramones Hard to Find Bonus Tracks pt 3- “Can’t Say Anything Nice”

The Ramones “Hard to Find” bonus tracks pt 1 “Street Fighting Man”
The Ramones “Hard to Find” Bonus Tracks pt 2- Smash You

My previous posts have been about my first forays into non album tracks through the 12″ single and most specifically, the British releases on Beggar’s Banquet

Although “I Want You Around” is technically my first “non album” track, I had discovered current non album tracks on a 12″ single released for the current album “Too Tough To Die”
I thought both non album tracks were better than two tracks that made it to the album.
I had only owned Rocket To Russia at this point and then saw The Ramones live in 1985
By 1986 I was a solid but recent convert who was now actively seeking out more Ramones material
All of my friends at Lake Highlands High School went to Bill’s Records and Tapes over in Richardson but I soon discovered a new source over by friend Robert Abrams’ apartment at Marsh and Forest
Coincidentally, the first apartment my family moved to in Texas was directly across the street from Robert A’s current residence in 1986

On the opposite corner of Forest and Marsh was Hit Records and it was run by Ron Ross
When the kid in this picture walked in, he instantly knew what band he was looking for

Ron was behind the counter and he remarked that I had to be a Ramones fan
He seemed more than happy to tell me all of his personal Ramones  stories which translated to record sales from me
I soon bought all of my Ramones albums from Ron and if he didn’t have them, I went to Bill’s

1986 Means Animal Boy and there were several 12″ singles that I found but could only afford one at the time
I can’t remember which shop had which single but I had a choice of “Bonzo Goes to Bitburg” on side A with “Daytime Dilemma” and “Go Home Ann”on side B  -or- “Something to Believe In”side A  and “Somebody Put Something in My Drink” with “Can’t Say Anything Nice” side B
I went with the second choice based purely on the title of the non album tracks and it looks like I made the right decision in retrospect

Can’t Say Anything Nice was written and sung by Richie Ramone who was the first drummer I had seen perform live with the Ramones on the previous tour
It was also a great song to play on the guitar because it was both melodic and simple and had that “dun dun dun” stop at the end of the riff
It was easy to learn and fun to play
It soon became a bonus track on the end of the tapes I made of my albums

This is a different cover but I am not sure if it had the same tracks

Coming up next, the single and bonus track that I am glad I didn’t chose