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Friday, January 15, 2010

Freddy’s Friday Night Dance Party!: Beat on the “Dead Cat” With a Baseball Bat Edition!

petsemetary Gabba Gabba Hey kids! Have I got a super duper song lined up for tonight’s edition of Freddy’s Friday Night Dance Party! A classic track from a band that should need no introduction…but I will introduce them anyway, it’s The Ramones with their fine contribution to horror, Pet Sematary!

Written by Daniel Rey and Dee Dee Ramone for the 1989 film adaptation of Stephen King’s Pet Sematary, the titular song would prove to be one of the bands most successful and would soon after appear on their album, Brain Drain. While it isn’t the most loved film ever, I actually like Pet Sematary and think it has a lot of solid qualities, but the title track by The Ramones is probably the best thing to come out of the Mary Lambert directed film.

I love The Ramones - their music is beyond influential and Pet Sematary is one of the best songs that they put out, so it’s pretty great that it was a decent success, especially since it can out so late in their career. I actually think the song may have been my introduction to The Ramones - I was already way into horror and around that time I was also getting into punk music and I remember always loving the Pet Sematary song. It is a little subdued and almost darker that most of their other work, but still, the song is incredibly catchy and the main chorus is slightly hokey, but great. Though, I don’t know exactly why Joey Ramone would fear being buried in a Pet Sematary…at least you’re surrounded by a ton of pussy.

12 comments:

  1. This is an awesome song by a rockin band!

    And I didn't mind the film either :)

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  2. Classic! One of my favorite Ramones tunes.

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  3. Don't even get me fucking started on the Ramones! I love this song! This might be one of my favorite songs of theirs. I can listen to it repeatedly and never get sick of it.

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  4. "I don't want to live my life again"

    something haunting about the lyrics
    good tune
    ok movie
    excellent matt-suzaka

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  5. Love The Ramones. Oi Oi Oi! Hey Ho, Let's Go...and get this party started.

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  6. I love Pet Sematary. It was one of the first horror films I saw as a child (my mom loved it too).
    As I was reading through this post I thought:"Matt hasn't cracked one vulgar joke yet"
    :(
    Then the final like came into view. Good work!

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  7. I love all the love for The Ramones! Thanks for the comments everyone...I had that song saved for a while. It's sooo good!

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  8. I thought Fred Gwynn was outstanding and that scene with the deformed sister is a totally memorable bit, but after that, 'eh, whatever' is my reaction to PS. Fucking AWESOME tune, though. I have some weird live iTunes number with Rammstein covering it, as well. I tried to belt it out at karaoke once and no one gave a shit. Then again, most people sing nothing but show-tunes & country girl music and lame-ass Justin Timberlake songs at karaoke, so screw them.

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  9. I agree with your sentiments about PS and Fred Gwynn is really good in that film with some great dialogue. As I said though, the song is the best thing to come out of that movie and I cannot even imagine a Rammstein version of it...I will need to find it so I can give it a listen.

    And yeah, karaoke usually sucks and people do the worst music. I always hear shit that is wicked poppy, or someone does a Grease song. That is usually around the time I attempt alcohol poisoning so I can leave early.

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  10. I just listened to that Rammstien version of Pet Sematary and it is pretty awesome! Du Hast indeed! Whatever that means.

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  11. Agreed, a rockin choice, if only they had contributed to PS2..

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  12. Thanks, Carl...I think there was a Ramones song in PS2 if I remember correctly. I actually like the sequel too - it's entertaining and Clancy Brown is a fucking nut job in it!

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