Rock 'n' Roll High School (song)
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|"Rock 'n' Roll High School"|
|Single by the Ramones|
|from the album Rock 'n' Roll High School and End of the Century|
|B-side||"Do You Wanna Dance?"|
|Released||June 1, 1979|
|Recorded||Cherokee Studios, Los Angeles, California, November 1978|
|Length||2:20 (Rock 'n' Roll High School & Single version)
2:38 (End of the Century version)
|Writer(s)||Johnny Ramone, Dee Dee Ramone, Joey Ramone|
Versions 1 & 2 - Ed Stasium
|the Ramones singles chronology|
"Rock 'n' Roll High School" is a song by American punk rock group the Ramones, from the soundtrack album Rock 'n' Roll High School. The single did not chart in the U.S. but peaked at number 67 on the UK Singles Chart.
There are three versions of the song. The first was recorded in early 1979 by Ed Stasium and was intended for the Rock 'n' Roll High School soundtrack. This version opens with an extended drum beat first, with Joey eventually singing the opening line, "Rock, Rock, Rock, Rock, Rock 'n' Roll High School." This is also the version they usually performed live. This version was not issued until the 1988 compilation album Ramones Mania.
The second version is a slight remix of the Ed Stasium version by producer Phil Spector, who would go on to produce The Ramones' next album, End of the Century. This version features Spector's Wall of Sound mixing technique and was the version featured on the Rock 'n' Roll High School soundtrack album and accompanying 7" single.
The third version is a complete re-recording by Phil Spector for the End of the Century album. This version opens with a long, sustained guitar chord and has a slightly different arrangement. This version was also featured in the music video for the song.
In the music video, drummer Marky Ramone, dressed in drag, plays the role of the female teacher. Also 3 of the band members girlfriends/wives can be seen; Dee Dee's first wife Vera Boldis, Johnny's then-girlfriend Roxy and Joey's then-girlfriend (who later became involved with and married bandmate Johnny), Linda Ramone. The only time the Spector-produced version was played was on The Sha Na Na Show, where the band mimed the song.
The movie Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days used this song on the soundtrack.
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