Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio?
|"Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio?"|
UK picture sleeve
|Single by Ramones|
|from the album End of the Century|
|Released||May 16, 1980|
|Ramones singles chronology|
"Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio?" is the second single and first track from the American punk rock band Ramones' fifth studio album End of the Century. It was released on May 16, 1980. This song and the album itself marked a complete change in the Ramones' sound. This was partially due in an attempt to reach commercial success and to the work of their new producer Phil Spector.
While most Ramones songs were based on three chords and a memorable melody, "Rock 'n' Roll Radio" is a complex song, based on many of the 1950s pop songs the band grew up listening to. A piano, trumpet, horn, saxophone, and synthesizer are used along with the standard guitar, drums, and bass.
Although there is no title track for the End of the Century album, the album's title comes from a famous couplet in this song: "It's the end, the end of the seventies/It's the end, the end of the century.". The verse was also used for the title of the 2003 documentary about the group, End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones. The initial riff of the song appears in the 2007's DreamWorks animated film, the Shrek's third movie in the franchise, Shrek The Third.
This song states the Ramones' philosophy for forming a band in the first place. The repeated lines "We need change, we need it fast/Before rock's just part of the past/'Cause lately it all sounds the same to me" was a direct statement. The Ramones sought to return rock and roll to its most basic roots, abandoning movements such as late 1960s psychedelic rock and early 1970s prog rock music.
Many of the band's influences are mentioned in the song, including Murray the K, John Lennon, Jerry Lee Lewis, T. Rex, The Barbarians (whose drummer, Victor "Moulty" Moulton, is mentioned by his nickname), Alan Freed, as well as musical variety TV and radio shows such as Hullabaloo, Shindig!, Upbeat, and The Ed Sullivan Show (Also, a clip showing Buddy Holly and the Crickets performing on "The Ed Sullivan Show" with Holly shaking Sullivan's hand afterwards can be seen in the music video). The song claims that rock and roll is dying, and it needs change if it wants to survive. While it celebrates the Ramones' teenage rock and roll memories the song also reflects and criticizes the trend of playing nostalgic songs on radio rather than focus on new music. 
U.S. 7" Single
- "Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio?" (Ramones) - 3:50
- "Let's Go" (Ramones) - 3:02
- Heller, Jason (May 28, 2013). "With "Do You Remember Rock 'N' Roll Radio?", the Ramones pirated the past". A.V. Music. The A.V. Club. Retrieved September 17, 2018.