Sheena Is a Punk Rocker

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"Sheena Is a Punk Rocker"
Single by Ramones
from the album Rocket to Russia
B-side "I Don't Care"
Released August 1977
Recorded 1977
Genre Punk rock, surf rock[1]
Length 2:49
Label Sire
Writer(s) Joey Ramone
Producer(s) Tony Bongiovi, Tommy Ramone
Ramones singles chronology
"I Remember You"
"Sheena Is a Punk Rocker"
"Swallow My Pride"
Music sample

"Sheena Is a Punk Rocker" is a song by the punk rock group Ramones. It first appeared on their third LP Rocket to Russia in 1977, and was also included on later pressings of the group's second album Leave Home (it replaced "Carbona Not Glue" on "Leave Home" due to 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, backed with "I Don't Care", which was also included on Rocket to Russia.

The song was written by Joey Ramone, and is one of the Ramones' most popular and enduring songs, showing the band's surf rock influences.

The song is ranked #457 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

The song appears in the Stephen King movie Pet Sematary. In the film, a truck driver about to run over a child is distracted by singing along to the tune. The Ramones also wrote and performed the theme song "Pet Sematary".

The song is adapted by The Horrors with their similarly titled song "Sheena Is a Parasite" and by The Cramps with "Sheena's in a Goth Gang".

"Danny Says" on the Ramones 1980 album End of the Century includes the lyrics "Listening to Sheena on the radio".

The song inspired a poem, also called "Sheena Is a Punk Rocker", by Robert Archambeau.

One of the Living Dead Dolls is named Sheena, and is depicted in punk clothing, a reference to the song.

The song is notable for being one of the first songs to explicitly refer to "punk rock" in the title and lyrical content; however, the term "punk rock" had existed as shorthand for this burgeoning sub-genre/subculture among members of the critical community for many years prior.

According to the book "Rock and Roll Baby Names", the title character of "Sheena Is a Punk Rocker" is a reference to Sheena, Queen of the Jungle,[2] the title character of the 1950s television series and of the original comics.

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  2. ^ Margaret Eby (3 April 2012). Rock and Roll Baby Names: Over 2,000 Music-Inspired Names, from Alison to Ziggy. Penguin Group US. p. 269. ISBN 978-1-101-56153-9.