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July 12th, 2014

Song Of The Day @ 07:31 pm

canadanne:
Sad news today that Tommy Ramone, the last of the original Ramones has died. U2 are longtime fans of the punk pioneers, and while I was thinking about that, I realised this great track had never been featured on Song Of The Day... so here it is!

Beat On The Brat

In February 2002, U2 won Best Live Act at the annual NME Awards, also known as the Brat Awards (as opposed to the Brit Awards). For their acceptance speech video, they performed the appropriately-titled Beat On The Brat from the Ramones' eponymous 1976 debut album. (Adam wasn't there, so his technician Stuart Morgan played bass while standing behind a cardboard cutout of him, LOL!) Their cover was released a year later on the compilation album We're A Happy Family: A Tribute To Ramones, raising money for the Lymphoma Research Foundation.


Disappointingly, I can't find an upload of the NME video (I think I only ever saw it once), but there are some pics here and you can listen to it on YouTube:



(For comparison, this is the Ramones' recording.)

The song was written by lead vocalist Joey Ramone, who famously died listening to In A Little While in 2001. He said this about its origins:

"When I lived in Birchwood Towers in Forest Hills with my mom and brother. It was a middle-class neighborhood, with a lot of rich, snotty women who had horrible spoiled brat kids. There was a playground with women sitting around and a kid screaming, a spoiled, horrible kid just running around rampant with no discipline whatsoever. The kind of kid you just want to kill. You know, 'beat on the brat with a baseball bat' just came out. I just wanted to kill him."

(Bassist Dee Dee Ramone gave a slightly different explanation, saying Joey was inspired to write the song after he saw a mother "going after a kid with a bat" in the lobby of his apartment building.)

I absolutely loved U2's version from the moment I first heard it. The energy of the track is excellent - what with this and The Saints Are Coming, I wish they would do punk covers more often!  I actually like it better than the original (I just prefer Bono's vocal; the Peggy Sue-like bits are a nice touch), though I expect it's one of those things where you form a stronger attachment to the first version you heard. Unsurprisingly, there are plenty of U2 haters who consider it absolute sacrilege that they went anywhere near this, but I think they did a great job!


LYRICS

Beat on the brat
Beat on the brat
Beat on the brat with a baseball bat
Oh yeah, oh yeah, oh-oh

Beat on the brat
Beat on the brat
Beat on the brat with a baseball bat
Oh yeah, oh yeah, oh-oh

Oh yeah, oh yeah, oh-oh

What can you do
What can you do
With a brat like that always on your back
What can you lose

What can you lose
What can you lose
With a brat like that always on your back
What can you do... do, yeah

Beat on the brat
Beat on the brat
Beat on the brat with a baseball bat
Oh yeah, oh yeah, oh-oh

Beat on the brat
Beat on the brat
Beat on the brat with a baseball bat
Oh yeah, oh yeah, oh-oh

Oh yeah, oh yeah, oh-oh

What can you do
What can you do
With a brat like that always on your back
What can you do

What can you lose
What can you lose
With a brat like that always on your back
What can you do... do



U2 have also done live covers of I Remember You, one of which appeared as a B-side to Elevation. The new @U2 Tours website has details of all the times they have played and snippeted Ramones songs.
 
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From:ericcoleman
Date:July 13th, 2014 03:57 pm (UTC)
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He sounds like Marc Bolan on this.

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