We're A Happy Family: A Tribute To The Ramones (Columbia) Imitation is not always the sincerest form of flattery, especially in the notoriously unreliable world of the tribute album. Punk revivalists Green Day (Outsider), Rancid (Sheena Is A Punk Rocker) and Offspring (I Wanna Be Sedated) are some of the weakest links in this overdue, star-studded bow to the three-chord wonders from Queens. But heavyweights U2 (Beat On The Brat) and Metallica (53rd & 3rd) are the worst offenders. Their by-the-numbers renditions expose a sorry lack of humour and imagination - two qualities the mighty Ramones possessed in spades. On the positive side, Kiss have a camped-up giggle with Do You Remember Rock'n'Roll Radio and Garbage take an energetic swipe at I Just Wanna Have Something To Do. More interesting are the efforts of Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder and hardcorists Zeke, who rehead 1989's I Believe In Miracles as a noirish gem. They team up again on Daytime Dilemma (Dangers Of Love), which appears only on initial pressings of the disc. Kudos also to the Red Hot Chili Peppers for taking on the lesser-known Havana Affair and giving it the Latin-flavoured slap-funk treatment. Chrissie Hynde and the Pretenders' reading of Something To Believe In as a sprawling ballad is remarkable as the only track to dare to clock in over four minutes. Peter Yorn meanwhile gives a strangely congruous surf-rock twist to I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend. The highlight, though, must be the marvellous Tom Waits' retelling of Return Of Jackie And Judy as croaking country-blues. However, as a homage to the recently departed Joey and Dee Dee Ramone, this uneven effort must go down as a sadly missed opportunity.