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.