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Rocket to Russia
Studio album by Ramones
Released November 4, 1977
Recorded August – September 1977 at Media Sound Studios, Midtown Manhattan
Genre Punk
Length 31:46 (original)
43:23 (Expanded Edition)
Label Sire (US & UK)
Philips (Europe)
Producer Tony Bongiovi, Tommy Erdelyi
Professional reviews

Rhino Records Expanded Release:

Ramones chronology
Leave Home
Rocket to Russia
Road to Ruin

Rocket to Russia is the third album by American punk group the Ramones, their last with original drummer Tommy Ramone. Released on November 4, 1977, the album incorporates surf rock and other influences. It includes some of the Ramones' best-known songs, including "Sheena Is a Punk Rocker" and "Teenage Lobotomy". In 2003, the album was ranked number 105 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.



The album was recorded in late August 1977 at Media Sound studios in Midtown Manhattan. The cost of recording Rocket to Russia was roughly $25,000, which was significantly higher than that of the band's two previous records. At the request of guitarist Johnny Ramone, Punk Magazine editor and illustrator John Holmstrom produced the sleeve art, a cartoonish view of the world from a rocketship with a pinhead, emblematic of the band, grabbing onto it. In 1978, the album peaked at #49 on the Billboard pop albums chart, making it one of the band's most popular releases.

On June 19, 2001, Rhino Records re-released the album. In addition to remastering the tracks from the original album, it included alternate versions of album tracks as well as a B-side.

Song information

"Rockaway Beach", penned by bassist Dee Dee Ramone in the style of the Beach Boys and other early rock 'n' roll bands, was written about Rockaway Beach, Queens, where Dee Dee liked to spend time. Johnny Ramone claimed that Dee Dee was the only real beachgoer in the group. Released in 1977, it was the Ramones' highest charting single in their career, hitting #66 on the Billboard Hot 100. "Rockaway Beach" has been covered by punk rock cover band The 77's, Finnish punk rock band Ne Luumäet (in Finnish, "Hiekkaa Hietarannan"), Swedish rock band Sahara Hotnights, American punk rock band The Queers (who covered the entire Rocket to Russia album in 1994 on Rocket to Russia), Morrissey collaborator and former Polecat, Boz Boorer, Canadian rock band Deja Voodoo (also in Finnish), German punk band Die Toten Hosen on their "Alles wird vorübergehen" single, and Spanish rock band Siniestro Total (in Spanish, under the title Rock en Samil, a popular beach near their hometown Vigo in Galicia). The Argentinian band Superuva did the same with their cover Rock en Tandil, a city in the middle of the Tandilia hills.

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"Surfin' Bird" is a cover of the original song by The Trashmen. "Do You Wanna Dance?" was written by Bobby Freeman in 1958, but is probably best known for a 1965 cover by the Beach Boys.

"I Don't Care", one of the first songs the group ever wrote, was originally recorded as a demo for their first album, Ramones.

"Cretin Hop" was played in the onstage fight scene in the punk movie SLC Punk!.

"Rockaway Beach" and "Teenage Lobotomy" are available for download in the music game Rock Band.

Track listing

All songs written by the Ramones except where indicated.

  1. "Cretin Hop" (Tommy Ramone, Johnny Ramone, Dee Dee Ramone)– 1:55
  2. "Rockaway Beach" (Dee Dee Ramone) – 2:06
  3. "Here Today, Gone Tomorrow" (Joey Ramone) – 2:47
  4. "Locket Love" (Dee Dee Ramone) – 2:09
  5. "I Don't Care" (Joey Ramone) – 1:38
  6. "Sheena Is a Punk Rocker" (Joey Ramone) – 2:49
  7. "We're a Happy Family" (Joey Ramone) – 2:47
  8. "Teenage Lobotomy" (Dee Dee Ramone) – 2:00
  9. "Do You Wanna Dance?" (Bobby Freeman) – 1:52
  10. "I Wanna Be Well" (Joey Ramone) – 2:28
  11. "I Can't Give You Anything" (Dee Dee Ramone) – 1:57
  12. "Ramona" (Tommy Ramone, Joey Ramone, Dee Dee Ramone, Johnny Ramone) – 2:35
  13. "Surfin' Bird" (Carl White / Alfred Frazier / John Harris / Turner Wilson) – 2:37
  14. "Why Is It Always This Way?" (Joey Ramone) – 2:32

2001 Expanded Edition CD (Warner Archives/Rhino) bonus tracks

  1. "Needles & Pins (Early Version)" (Sonny Bono / Jack Nitzsche) – 2:24
  2. "Slug (Demo)" (Joey Ramone) – 2:23
  3. "It’s a Long Way Back to Germany (UK B-side)" (Dee Dee Ramone) – 2:22
  4. "I Don’t Care (Single Version)" – 1:40
  5. "Sheena Is a Punk Rocker (Single Version)" – 2:48



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