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Friday, November 12, 2004

It's List Time, Gabba Gabba Hey!

I've been listening to a lot of Ramones records recently, so here is a Ramones inspired list. One, two, three, four...

My 5 Favorite Ramones Cover Songs

  1. "Let's Dance"
    from Ramones, 1976, Sire Records

    This is a song that perfectly demonstrates the Ramones' love of pre-British Invasion rock and roll. Originally a hit for Los Angeles rocker Chris Montez, "Let's Dance" makes you want to get up and do just what the title suggests. Some of the best fun you can have in under two minutes.

  2. "California Sun"
    from Leave Home, 1977, Sire Records

    Composed by the songwriting team of Henry Glover and Morris Levy, and made famous by The Rivieras, you can basically smell the suntan lotion and surf board wax off of this track. The Ramones were fascinated with the California surf culture, and this song was their first and best (in my humble opinion) kick at that can. Although I don't think that leather jackets and ripped jeans would have made the best surfing attire.

  3. Do You Wanna Dance?
    from Rocket To Russia, 1977, Sire Records

    This Ramones' version of the Bobby Freeman classic is one minute and fifty-five seconds of pure hook-laden R&B fun. At a time when most punk bands were more interested in fighting their audiences than asking them to dance, the "bruddas from Queens" just wanted to dance with their honeys "under the moonlight". How punk is that?

  4. Needles And Pins
    from Road To Ruin, 1978, Sire Records

    Written by Sonny Bono and Jack Nitzsche, and sung by, among others, Cher, this song proves that the Ramones can still sound good when not playing at their usual breakneck speed. Punk rock for the sensitive types, if you will. One of my favorite Joey Ramone vocal performances. Who knew that the gangly bastard could tug at the heartstrings so well?

  5. My Back Pages
    from Acid Eaters, 1993, Radioactive Records

    Bob who? The Ramones took this Dylan song and made it their own, as only the Ramones could. I don't think Bob Dylan ever sounded better (cue hate mail in 5,4,3,2...).

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