Beat On The Brat (as made famous by Ramones)

“Beat on the Brat” is a song by American punk rock band Ramones, from their eponymous debut album.

“Beat on the Brat” was said by Joey to have origins relating to the lower classes of New York City.

When I lived in Birchwood Towers in Forest Hills with my mom and brother. It was a lower-class neighborhood, with a lot of trashy lower class women who had horrible brat kids who were obnoxious. There was a playground with women sitting around and a kid screaming, a horrible kid just running around rampant with no discipline whatsoever. The kind of kid you just want to kill. You know, ‘beat on the brat with a baseball bat’ just came out. I just wanted to kill him.

— Joey Ramone[1]
Dee Dee, however, explained that the song was about how “Joey saw some mother going after a kid with a bat in his lobby and wrote a song about it.”[2]

Baby I Love You (as made famous by The Ramones)

“Baby, I Love You” is a pop song originally recorded by The Ronettes in 1963. The song was written by Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich, and Phil Spector, and produced by Spector. The single peaked at #24 on the Billboard Hot 100 and Cashbox Hot 100, and peaked at #11 on the UK Pop Chart.[1] Billboard named the song #56 on their list of 100 Greatest Girl Group Songs of All Time.[2]

After their lack of success under contract to Colpix Records between 1961 and 1963, the Ronettes ended their Colpix contract and signed with Phil Spector’s Philles Records in early 1963. During their first few months with Phil Spector, the Ronettes achieved mainstream success with the release of “Be My Baby” in August 1963, which climbed to number two on the Billboard Hot 100 and number one on the Cashbox Hot 100. It was the success of “Be My Baby” which had Spector eager to do a follow-up for the Ronettes in the fall of 1963.

However, a problem arose when the Ronettes were booked to appear on Dick Clark’s “Caravan of Stars” tour across the country.[3]

Phil Spector decided to keep lead singer Ronnie Bennett in California to record “Baby, I Love You” while the other two Ronettes, Estelle Bennett and Nedra Talley, went out on the tour with Dick Clark. Ronnie’s cousin, Elaine, took her place on the tour while Ronnie recorded the song at Gold Star studios in California.[3] Since the other Ronettes proved to be unavailable for recording, Spector used Darlene Love and Cher to complete the backing vocals.[4] The song also featured Leon Russell on piano. “Baby, I Love You” peaked at #11 in the UK during January 1964, at a time when the Ronettes were touring the UK as the support act to the Rolling Stones.

The song was featured on the album Presenting the Fabulous Ronettes, which was released at the end of 1964.

The song was also on the soundtrack of the film, Nine Months.

Phil Spector produced the Ramones’ cover version of the song which appeared on their 1980 album, End of the Century. This single reached #8 in the UK Singles Chart in 1980.


I Wanna Be Sedated (as made famous by The Ramones)

“I Wanna Be Sedated” is a song by the American punk rock band the Ramones. It is one of the band’s best known songs.[1] It was originally released on their fourth album, Road to Ruin, in September 1978 and was the B-side of the UK single “She’s the One” released on January 10, 1979.[2] The song was later released as a single in the Netherlands in 1979,[3] then in the U.S. in 1980 by RSO Records from the Times Square soundtrack album.

“I Wanna Be Sedated” was written by Joey Ramone.[4] In an interview about the song, Joey explains the chorus:

It’s a road song. I wrote it in 1977, through the 78. Well, Danny Fields was our first manager and he would work us to death. We would be on the road 360 days a year, and we went over to England, and we were there at Christmas time, and in Christmas time, London shuts down. There’s nothing to do, nowhere to go. Here we were in London for the first time in our lives, and me and Dee Dee Ramone were sharing a room in the hotel, and we were watching The Guns of Navarone. So there was nothing to do, I mean, here we are in London finally, and this is what we are doing, watching American movies in the hotel room.

In Episode #840 of the WTF Podcast with Marc Maron, Alice Cooper alleged that Joey Ramone admitted to him that the song was inspired by Cooper’s 1972 song “Elected.”[5]