THE RAMONES – “Sheena Is A Punk Rocker” / “Commando” (Sire RAM 001) May 1977
The Ramones “Sheena Is A Punk Rocker” – Special limited edition of 12,000 12-inchers. Taken from the ‘Ramones Leave Home’ album. Solid punk rock. (Record Mirror)
The first hit for the Ramones and the first really pop-punk hit of any kind, ‘Sheena’ was recorded between their second and third albums, part produced by Tommy Ramone under his real name T. Erdelyi.
Like everything good about the band – not just the songs but the clothes, haircuts and interviews too – its hesitatingly Spectorised guitar thrash treads an indecipherable line between idiocy and knowingness. Manhattan was suddenly embellished by many girls named Sheena. (Mojo)
Look, all the Ramones songs sound like hit singles and then don’t sell, but this song is so flat-out delightful that not even the nasty boring dull-as-bleedin’ ditchwater Britpublic will be able to resist it.
The sheer charm and essential niceness of Dolly Ramone’s four horrible sons is gonna win out.