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Song by Motörhead
from the album 1916
Released26 February 1991
RecordedAutumn 1990
LabelWTG Records
Songwriter(s)Phil Campbell, Würzel, Lemmy, Phil Taylor
Producer(s)Pete Solley
Song by Motörhead
from the album Kiss of Death
Released29 August 2006
Paramount Studios, Hollywood, USA
NRG Studios, Hollywood
Maple Studios, Costa Mesa
Songwriter(s)Phil Campbell, Würzel, Lemmy, Phil Taylor
Producer(s)Cameron Webb

"R.A.M.O.N.E.S." is a song first recorded by the British rock band Motörhead on their 1991 album 1916 as a tribute[1] to their friends and contemporaries, the Ramones. The bands were long-standing admirers of each other's work.[2] Critic Andy Boot, reviewing the album in Kerrang (27 February 1991) described the song as "the icing on a very fine, if somewhat heavy, cake." Joey Ramone said of the track: "It was the ultimate honor - like John Lennon writing a song for you".[3] The track was first aired before Phil Taylor and Würzel left the band and continued as a live staple until the end of Motörhead.

It also appears as a bonus track on the album Fang Bang by Wednesday 13.

The Ramones also performed it on and off until their final show in August 1996 at which C.J. Ramone and Lemmy shared lead vocals.[4] Two different studio versions were recorded. One appears as a bonus track on their album ¡Adios Amigos! with C.J. Ramone singing lead vocals and the other one on the Greatest Hits Live with Joey Ramone singing lead vocals.

The Huntingtons also covered this song on their File Under Ramones album.

"R.A.M.O.N.E.S." was also covered by the Offspring on their performance at Rock in Rio 5 on 14 September 2013.[5] At that show, Marky Ramone (who was the drummer of the Ramones from 1978 to 1983, and again from 1987 to their breakup in 1996) joined them onstage to perform cover versions of "R.A.M.O.N.E.S." and "California Sun".[6]


  1. ^ "White Line Fever" Kilmister, I. F/ Garza, J : London, Simon & Schuster, 2002 ISBN 0-684-85868-1
  2. ^ 7" single "An interview with Joey Ramone Talkback Chat 1 1988; "Motorhead" Burridge, A: London, Babylon, 1981 ISBN 0-86001-935-7
  3. ^ "Hey Ho, Let's Go- the story of the Ramones" True,E: London Omnibus, 2002 ISBN 0-7119-9108-1
  4. ^ Recorded for Posterity as "We're Outta Here" (UK) Eagle EDLEAG007-2/(US)Radioactive RARD-11555
  5. ^ "The Offspring Concert Setlist at Rock In Rio 5 on September 14, 2013". setlist.fm. Retrieved 16 September 2013.
  6. ^ "Video: Marky Ramone joins The Offspring on stage". Daily Punk. Retrieved 6 May 2011.

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