"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 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 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, the title character of the 1950s television series and of the original comics.
Polish punk rock band DUMBS recorded a cover version on their 2008 album Rocket from Poland.
New Model Army covered the song during their 2001 tour, shortly after Joey Ramone's death.
Devin Townsend released the song with different lyrics as "Metal Heads are Punk Rockers" on his parody punk album Cooked on Phonics. The song shares the same sound as the original but replaces some lyrics.