Sheena Is a Punk Rocker

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"Sheena Is a Punk Rocker"
Single by Ramones
from the album Rocket to Russia
B-side "I Don't Care"
Released August 1977
Recorded 1977
Genre Punk rock, surf rock[1]
Length 2:49
Label Sire
Writer(s) Joey Ramone
Producer(s) Tony Bongiovi, Tommy Ramone
Ramones singles chronology
"I Remember You"
(1977)
"Sheena Is a Punk Rocker"
(1977)
"Swallow My Pride"
(1977)
Music sample

"Sheena Is a Punk Rocker" is a song by the punk rock group Ramones. Written by Joey Ramone, it is one of the Ramones' most popular songs, evidence of Joey's early 1960s surf rock and Bubblegum pop influences. It debuted on their third LP, 1977's Rocket to Russia, and on Leave Home (where it replaced "Carbona Not Glue" on "Leave Home" after complaints/threatened legal action by the manufacturers of Carbona cleaning fluid). It was released as a single, reaching #81 in the US, and #22 in the UK singles charts.

The song is notable for being one of the first to explicitly refer to "punk rock" in its title and lyrics in terms of a subculture. It is ranked #457 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. The "Sheena" referred to in the title is in fact the comic book character Sheena, Queen of the Jungle; the idea being that punk rock music would appeal to a savage jungle girl (stock character) brought to civilization. Said Joey Ramone, "To me 'Sheena' was the first surf/punk rock/teenage rebellion song. I combined Sheena, Queen of the Jungle with the primalness of Punk rock. Then Sheena is brought into the modern day,"

Cover versions[edit]

Chart trajectory[edit]

Chart (1977) Peak positions
Sweden 20[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ramones - Rocket to Russia". Allmusic. Retrieved 24 December 2014. 
  2. ^ "The Complete Studio Recordings". Swedishcharts. 1977. Retrieved 22 June 2015.