Everything from sniffing glue to nostalgic vegetables; welcome to the wonderful world of Ramones song titles.
10. ‘It’s Not My Place (In The 9 To 5 World)’
Apperaing on the iconic iconic Punk bands 1981 album, ‘Pleasant Dreams’, this cheery and catchy tune opens this Ramones top 10 list. The most memorable aspect of this infectious track is the simple but strong Rock chorus, which has the potential to ring on in your head for days. Although not one of the Ramones most defining moments, the message conveying and meaningful title earns ‘It’s Not My Place’ a rightful position in this top 10.
9. ‘Bonzo Goes to Bitburg’
As the founding fathers of Punk, it comes as little surprise to see there are no shortage of politically charged Ramones songs. However, when the band took aim at former American President, Ronald Reagun, this gem of a song title was conceived. Before this song, political Ramones tracks such as ‘Commando’ and ‘Beat on the Brat’ had a more general focus, being aimed at specific events (Vietnam War) rather than people. But, few song names quite matched the standards of the unapologetic ‘Bonzo Goes to Bitburg’. Of course the alternative name, ‘My Brain is Hanging Upside Down’, is just as worthy of a mention.
8. ‘The Job That Ate My Brain’
Once again showing their disgruntled stance against bland employment, ‘The Job That Ate My Brain’ easily fills the number 8 spot for the Ramones. ‘The Job That Ate My Brain’ appears on one of the bands last studio albums, ‘Mondo Bizarro’, and is arguably one of the best songs the record has to offer. Extending the message introduced years before by ‘It’s Not Place’, this typically short and energetic track utilises its cheery beat to add a unique twist to the lyrics. Despite placing this high on the list, we have not seen the last of 1992’s ‘Mondo Bizarro’…
7. ‘I Wanna Be Sedated’
Returning to an earlier period in Ramones career, ‘I Wanna Be Sedated’ checks in at 7th place. Being surrounded by great Ramones records such as ‘Leave Home’ and ‘End of the Century’, ‘Road to Ruin’ has a challenging task trying to stand out. But, thanks to excellent, eye-catching and attention-stealing songs such as ‘I Wanna Be Sedated’, the 1978 treasure is deservedly viewed as a great album.
6. ‘Blitzkrieg Bop’
No Ramones list would be complete without this timeless classic. The flagship track for not just Ramones debut album, but potentially their careers as a whole, ‘Blitzkrieg Bop’ has certainly survived the test of time. Condensing everything that makes the Ramones legendary such as a classic four-chord structure, an insane tempo and irresistible beat, it’s easy to see why ‘Blitzkrieg Bop’ is such a widely loved song. But, focusing on the song title in particular brings forward a strange collision of images and ideas, which earns ‘Blitzkrieg Bop’ it’s spot just beyond the top 5.
5. ‘I Don’t Wanna Grow Up’
An emotional narrative merges with another famous Ramones tune in the opening song from their final studio album, ‘Adios Amigos’. When you factor in the meaning of this song about the Ramones not wanting to call it a day but feeling as if they have to, the title is given so much more meaning. It represents the idea of having to leave things behind to move forward as well as acknowledging that nothing can last forever, which is why for many fans, this is one Ramones all time best songs.
We promised a return to ‘Mondo Bizarro’, and here we are. If there was a music award for song title irony, ‘Censorshit’ would win it every time. Poking fun at the music industries guidelines against explicit language while breaking them repeatedly was a pure moment of songwriting genius from the Ramones. As one of the bands more underrated tunes, (probably because of the name) ‘Censorshit’ maintains a standard of shameless self-pride, as it confidently opens Ramones 1992 record. However, the main point to take from this is the clear idea that Ramones never bowed to mainstream expectations, and always did things the way the way they wanted to until the bitter end.
3. ‘Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue’
Although lyrically this is far from the most intricate moment in Ramones history, ‘Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue’ still earns a comfortable and commendable spot on our list. This is the second and final appearance for Ramones 1976 debut album on this list, showing that no matter what twist you add to a Ramones top 10 list, this album is almost certain to make an entrance. It’s easy to see why as well, seen by many as the first album to truly refine the Punk Rock sound, it is unquestionably one of the most influential and important albums ever released.
2. ‘The KKK Took My Baby Away’
After stealing Joey Ramone’s girlfriend, Johnny Ramone learned the hard way that you shouldn’t pick fights with song writers; especially if you’re in the same band as them. Released as a single from 1981’s ‘Pleasant Dreams’, ‘The KKK Took My Baby’ is rumoured to have been written by Joey in response to losing the love of his life to none other than his band mate, Johnny Ramone. As if being compared to the KKK wasn’t bad enough, Johnny then had to play this song live to potentially hundreds-of-thousands of people for another 25 years, before Ramones called it a day in the late 90’s. To add insult to injury for Johnny, this single has been covered multiple times by the likes of Marilyn Manson and NOFX, ensuring that its legacy will surely live on forever. However, this is just a speculated meaning and the true narrative behind Joey’s song may never be known.
1. ‘Everytime I Eat Vegetables It Makes Me Think Of You’
Only the Ramones could give us a song title as bizarre as this yet still outdo it with the lyrics. Lines such as ‘she had a bad affair with a cat from Hiroshima’, ‘she turned into a head of lettuce’ and ‘she eats Thorazine in her farina’ are good examples of why this song is the runaway winner when it comes to Ramones song titles. 1983’s ‘Subterranean Jungle’ saw the Ramones return to a heavier Punk basis after two Rock affiliated releases in ‘End of the Century’ and ‘Pleasant Dreams’. This return to their roots proved to be a popular one with fans at the time and ‘Subterranean Jungle’ is still respected as one of their best albums even today.