This Sub-Pop single collects two songs that were originally intended to be included on the Ramones' first album. "Carbona Not Glue" could have been one of the Ramones' most popular tracks if it was not pulled from the album due to legal reasons. The song is classic Ramones with lyrics full of references to the suffering of teenagers. "Carbona Not Glue" blames television and Mom and Dad for an unapologetic need to use inhalants. It is a great rock & roll song that is the product of the lives the Ramones led before the recording of their first album. The B-side, "I Can't Be," is in the same vein as "Carbona Not Glue," only shifting focus to relationships. "I Can't Be" is even simpler than most of the Ramones' album. One line is repeated several times with a few short verses, the same riff plays throughout the song. It is a very good song that surprisingly wasn't recorded on any other Ramones studio albums. "I Can't Be" isn't a rarity like "Carbona Not Glue" due to its inclusion on the All the Stuff and More album. This limited-edition single is a great document of the Ramones' songwriting power at the time their first record was being recorded.
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AllMusic Review by Matt Whalley