Rockaway Beach (song)

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"Rockaway Beach"
Single by Ramones
from the album Rocket to Russia
B-side "Babysitter"
Released 1977
Genre Punk rock
Length 2:06
Label Sire
Writer(s) Dee Dee Ramone
Producer(s) Tony Bongiovi, Tommy Ramone
Ramones singles chronology
"Swallow My Pride"
(1977)
"Rockaway Beach"
(1977)
"Do You Wanna Dance?"
(1978)

"Rockaway Beach" is a song by the American punk rock band the Ramones from their 1977 album Rocket to Russia. The song was written by bassist Dee Dee Ramone in the style of the Beach Boys and early surf rock bands. The song is about Rockaway Beach, Queens, where Dee Dee liked to spend time. Guitarist Johnny Ramone claimed that Dee Dee was "the only real beachgoer" in the group.[citation needed] Released in 1977, it was the Ramones' highest-charting single in their career, peaking at number 66 on the Billboard Hot 100. In June, 2013, the song was used in a radio ad campaign sponsored by Queens Economic Development Corporation to promote recovery from Hurricane Sandy by drawing New Yorkers back to Rockaway Beach.[1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6]

Cover versions[edit]

"Rockaway Beach" has been covered by Swedish rock band Sahara Hotnights, American punk rock band The Queers (who covered the entire Rocket to Russia album in 1994 on Rocket to Russia), American punk rock band The Huntingtons (who covered a number of other Ramones songs on Rocket to Ramonia), Morrissey collaborator and former Polecat, Boz Boorer, Canadian rock band Deja Voodoo (also in Finnish), German punk band Die Toten Hosen on its "Alles wird vorübergehen" single, Spanish rock band Siniestro Total (in Spanish, under the title "Rock en Samil", a popular beach near the group's hometown Vigo in Galicia) and Japanese bands Lolita No. 18 and Shonen Knife. In 1994 Joey Ramone, in a duet with R&B artist General Johnson, released a Carolina beach music version of the song as part of the album "Godchildren of Soul."

References[edit]

  1. ^ Boldman, Gina. "Rockaway Beach". allmusic.com. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Ramones - Rockaway Beach". youtube.com. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  3. ^ Warren, James. "Radio ad campaign to use Ramones hit 'Rockaway Beach' to lure visitors back to the shorefront devastated by Hurricane Sandy". nydailynews.com. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  4. ^ Ray, Austin L. "The 10 Best Ramones Songs of All Time". pastemagazine.com. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  5. ^ Smith, Steve. ""Rockaway Beach" by The Ramones (VIDEO)". timeout.com. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  6. ^ "Ramones". billboard.com. Retrieved 10 January 2014.