Wednesday, 21 October 2015

The Video - The Ramones' "I Wanna Be Sedated"

put me in a wheelchair and get me to the show....

The great video for the mighty "I Wanna Be Sedated".
The song was originally appeared on the band's fourth album, Road to Ruin, back in '78.

Bizarrely, first appeared only as a b-side in 1979 - on the UK single "She's the One". The song was later released as a single in the U.S. in 1980 from the excellent soundtrack album to Allan Moyle's cult flick Times Square.

"I Wanna Be Sedated" was written by Joey Ramone. In an interview about the song, Joey explains the chorus ...
"It's a road song. I wrote it in 1977, through the 78. Well, Danny Fields was our first manager and he would work us to death. We would be on the road 360 days a year, and we went over to England, and we were there at Christmas time, and in Christmas time, London shuts down. There's nothing to do, nowhere to go. Here we were in London for the first time in our lives, and me and Dee Dee Ramone were sharing a room in the hotel, and we were watching The Guns of Navarone. So there was nothing to do, I mean, here we are in London finally, and this is what we are doing, watching American movies in the hotel room."
"I Wanna Be Sedated" was number 145 on the rolling stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time list where they wrote ...
The greatest God-does-the-road-ever-suck song, "I Wanna Be Sedated" was written by Joey Ramone, who at the time was suffering from severe teakettle burns and was upset about having to fly to London for a gig. Plagued by obsessive-compulsive disorder and various other ailments, Joey always had a rough time touring. "Put me in a wheelchair/And get me to the show/Hurry, hurry, hurry/Before I go loco!" he rants. Johnny's guitar solo - the same note, 65 times in a row - is the ultimate expression of his anti-artifice philosophy; the bubblegum-pop key change that follows it, though, is pure Joey.

The iconic video for the song was released in September, 1988 - a full nine years after the song was originally released!

The video, directed by Bill Fishman, was to promote the compilation album Ramones Mania. 

The video features the Ramones sitting at a table (left to right: Johnny, Joey, Marky and Dee Dee), nonchalantly reading and eating corn flakes. Meanwhile, the background room erupts into a meeting place for nuns, acrobats, ballerinas, monsters, cheerleaders, clowns, doctors, fetish nurses, and smoking schoolgirls.

The film is intentionally sped up to show the excitement of the background, while the band's actions are in regular motion. This was achieved by having the band members move very slowly, while the crowd moved normally, and then speeding up the film.

Interestingly - or not! - one of the video's characters is a young Courtney Love.

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