Saturday, September 18, 2010

"Rock 'N' Roll High School" by The Ramones

On what would have been the 59th birthday of Dee Dee Ramone, I've decided to post one of my favourite songs by The Ramones; let's face it, it was either this song - 1979's Rock 'n' Roll High School - or The KKK Took My Baby Away, either of which would have done the job.

I chose Rock 'n' Roll High School, though, because it had a) a slightly better video, and b) a tie-in to the 1979 Roger Corman film of the same name, one of that legendary producer's rare forays out of the exploitation/horror genre and into musical comedy. It was followed by a sequel, Rock 'n' Roll High School Forever (1991) which without even having seen it I feel safe in saying wasn't as good as the original, since they never are, are they?

Alas, there will be no sequels of Dee Dee Ramone or indeed of The Ramones either; less than a decade after the band's 1996 break up, three of its founding members - bassist and principal songwriter Dee Dee, lead singer Joey Ramone, and guitarist Johnny Ramone - were all dead.
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