|Song by Ramones from the album End of the Century|
|Released||February 4, 1980|
|End of the Century track listing|
"Danny Says" is a ballad written by Joey Ramone. The song was originally released as the third track on the Ramones' 1980 album, End of the Century. The 2002 Expanded Edition CD of the album includes a demo version of "Danny Says" among the bonus tracks. The song has since been covered and released by the Foo Fighters and Tom Waits.
Background and content
"Danny Says" is a love song written by singer Joey Ramone at the Tropicana Hotel in Los Angeles when the Ramones were staying there for the recording of End of the Century. The "Danny" alluded to in the title is the Ramones' manager Danny Fields.
The romantic inspiration for the song is believed to be Linda Daniele, Joey's girlfriend at the time. Linda later ended her romantic involvement with Joey to instead begin a relationship with and eventually marry the band's guitarist Johnny Ramone. Although this virtually ended dialog between the two bandmates, both remained in the Ramones until the band split up in 1996.
The lyrics include a reference to the late 1960s television series Get Smart ("Watching Get Smart on TV").
Another reference in the song is to Christmas, reflecting the difference at that time of year between where the band were recording in Los Angeles and the Ramones' home town of New York City - "It ain't Christmas if there ain't no snow".
Band member reaction
Johnny later commented on working with Phil Spector on the recording of the album, "It really worked when he got to a slower song like 'Danny Says'—the production really worked tremendously. For the harder stuff, it didn't work as well." When Joey was later asked what were his favorite Ramones songs he was quoted as replying, 'Danny Says was always a favorite'.
Danny Says has been performed live by each of Joey, C.J. and Richie in post Ramones projects.
A cover version of the song with guitarist Chris Shiflett on lead vocals was released by the Foo Fighters as a B-Side of the CD2 version of the "All My Life" single and later a bonus track on the Special Limited Edition of their 2002 One by One album.
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- "The Ramones: End of the Century", Kurt Loder, Rolling Stone, March 20, 1980.
- Devenish, Colin (June 24, 2002). "Johnny Ramone Stays Tough: Ramones Guitarist Reflects on Dee Dee's Death and the Difficult Eighties". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2008-01-05.