I Wanna Be Sedated (2:30)

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“I Wanna Be Sedated” is one of the best known songs by the punk rock group the Ramones. It appeared on their fourth album, Road to Ruin in 1978.

“I Wanna Be Sedated” was written by Joey Ramone in 1978. In an interview about the song, Joey explains the chorus:

“It’s a road song. I wrote it in 1977, through the 78. Well, Danny Fields was our first manager and he would work us to death. We would be on the road 360 days a year, and we went over to England, and we were there at Christmas time, and in Christmas time, London shuts down. There’s nothing to do, nowhere to go. Here we were in London for the first time in our lives, and me and Dee Dee Ramone were sharing a room in the hotel, and we were watching The Guns of Navarone. So there was nothing to do, I mean, here we are in London finally, and this is what we are doing, watching American movies in the hotel room.”

“I Wanna Be Sedated” was number 144 on the Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

In 1999, National Public Radio included the song in the “NPR 100”, in which NPR’s music editors sought to compile the one hundred most important American musical works of the 20th century.

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