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]