Sheena Is a Punk Rocker
|"Sheena Is a Punk Rocker"|
|Single by Ramones|
|from the album Rocket to Russia|
|B-side||"I Don't Care"|
|Genre||Punk rock, surf rock|
|Producer(s)||Tony Bongiovi, Tommy Ramone|
|Ramones singles chronology|
"Sheena Is a Punk Rocker" is a song by the punk rock group Ramones. Written by Joey Ramone, it is one of the Ramones' most popular songs, evidence of Joey's early 1960s surf rock and Bubblegum pop influences. It debuted on their third LP, 1977's Rocket to Russia, and on Leave Home (where it replaced "Carbona Not Glue" on "Leave Home" after complaints/threatened legal action by the manufacturers of Carbona cleaning fluid). It was released as a single, reaching #81 in the US, and #22 in the UK singles charts.
The song is notable for being one of the first to explicitly refer to "punk rock" in its title and lyrics in terms of a subculture. It is ranked #457 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
- Rancid covered the song on the We're a Happy Family tribute album.
- Paul Jones covered it as a single, arranged as a ballad with strings.
- Hüsker Dü covered the song on The Living End, a live collection taken from the band's final tour.
- German punk rock band Die Toten Hosen has a live cover version available on their album Im Auftrag des Herrn.
- Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore and Be Your Own Pet's Jemina Pearl covered their version of the song for the CW show Gossip Girl.
- Yeah Yeah Yeahs cover the song on the album Heroes, a recording for the War Child charity organization.
- New Model Army covered the song during their 2001 tour, shortly after Joey Ramone's death.
- Osaka, Japan band Shonen Knife covered the song on their 2012 Ramones tribute album Osaka Ramones, with bassist Ritsuko Taneda on vocals.