Judy Is a Punk

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"Judy Is a Punk"
Song by Ramones
from the album Ramones
ReleasedFebruary 1976
RecordedJanuary 1976
GenrePunk rock
Songwriter(s)Joey Ramone
Producer(s)Craig Leon

Judy Is a Punk is a 1 minute, 32 second 1975 song by the Ramones, released on their 1976 debut album.


Judy Is a Punk was written around the same time as "Beat on the Brat". Joey had explained that the first line came about after he walked by Thorny Croft, an apartment building that Joey said was "where all the kids in the neighborhood hung out on the rooftop and drank." The second line came about after walking down a different street.[1] The lyrics refer to two juvenile offenders in Berlin and San Francisco and their possible deaths at the conclusion of the song;[1] the first/second verse has the protagonists Jackie and Judy joining the ice capades, and the third verse, the SLA.

The song acknowledges that it is fictional, according to Nicholas Rombes, who describes this meta-perspective of punk in his analysis of the song as "both a line in a song and a line in a song about a line in a song."[2] "Judy Is a Punk" is the original album's shortest song, being one minute and 32 seconds.[3] The line is taken from Herman's Hermits' rendition of "I'm Henery the Eighth, I Am" The lyrics make joking references about going one better by stating the second time around, "Third verse/different from the first".

Demo versions[edit]

In 1975, "Judy Is a Punk" was recorded at 914 Studios in New York by Marty Thau. One version of this demo, along with a demo of "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend" that was recorded at the same time, was originally released in 1991 on The Groups Of Wrath: Songs Of The Naked City. The same two songs were later released as a 7" on Norton Records in 1997, and then on the remastered and expanded version of Ramones in 2001.

In 2016, for Record Store Day, Norton Records released another 7", this time featuring two different 'lost versions' of "Judy Is a Punk" from the same 1975 session.


  1. ^ a b True 2002 p. 60
  2. ^ Ramones, Rombes 2005 p. 83
  3. ^ "Ramones [Expanded], The Ramones, Music CD - Barnes & Noble". Music.barnesandnoble.com. 2001-06-19. Retrieved 2010-10-24.

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