Thursday – Drum & Bass remix. 5/1/12. The Ramones – Blitzkrieg bop (Bag-o-Beetz remix)

Thursday’s child was a punk,

Like the best things in life, this will only last a couple of minutes. The Flight Of The Conchords had it right with their ode to the true two minute drill. At a time where if you had a spare 10 minutes in your day, you could lie back and listen to the next great Zeppelin track, but if time were truly money, then for the price of one November Rain guitar solo, you can get Sedated with Sheena whilst Boppin to the Blitzkrieg.

The Ramones were the protopunk band for the ages. The British thought they had punk in full swing, but it wasn’t until Joey and the gang showed what energy the genre should have that the true punks came out of the hair salons. The pseudonymnistic band were a lesson in uniformity with every long haired member reborn a Ramone, and the member of every new Ramone snuggled nice and warm in tight ripped jeans, with a leather jacket to accompany.

As if it wasn’t cool enough to be a drummer today; I’m so glad my little brother taps the cowbell; as the Ramones are the proven scientific case for longevity. Last years Grammy’s saw the band receive a lifetime achievement award, which is fairly ironic considering every member, bar the three drummers; Tommy, Marky & Richie, had a different idea of ‘lifetime’. They were all around for a 1993 episode of the Simpsons which goes to show how long The Ramones were relevant in popular culture (and also shows how goddamn long The Simpsons have been on TV).

There are debates as to the connotations of Blitzkrieg Bop, with Jonny’s fascination with Hitler it could have been a tribute to the Nazi’s lightning war. It has also been hinted that Gang Violence was the bands target, however it may just be about punks having a good old time at a concert. Whatever the reason, I’m pretty sure the band will be satisfied with it representing the theme song for Doogie Howser’s comeback in the film Starship Troopers (where would we be today without Barney?).

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Today’s remix probably isn’t going to climb very high on any dance chart, but then again, the track that is now considered to among the best guitar songs of all time was a commercial disaster. Whats interested is how Bag-O-Beetz, the handyman that he is, has tooled with Johnny’s aggressive chords to replicate the original key in time with warbled wobbly electro. This is a fun Drum & Bass remix for any crowd that will shout along with the crisply produced vocals of Joey Ramone moshing to a drum track more alive than at least two of the surviving punk rock percussionists.

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