I had always assumed that Bonzo Goes To Bitburg was an anti-Reagan song but in a recent article on Johnny Ramone’s death his political leanings were described
Now it’s possible his views weren’t shared by the rest of the group, but if Reagan was his favorite president I would imagine it would take quite a bit of arm-twisting to get him to perform an anti-Reagan song. So, what’s the deal? Have I just been misinterpreting the song all these years? Can someone provide and alternate interpretation?
The song was a direct attack on Reagan. Great song by the way. As soon as he learned what it was about Johnny refused to play it live (which is why it is very difficult to find a live version). It was from the albulm Animal Boy which is one of my favourite Ramones records.
Perhaps he did but was persuaded to play it anyway. People can change their minds you know. The Ramones were constantly fighting which was probably good for their music. Animal Boy has some great songs on it. Worth picking up as it is a very underrated album.
Correction to my previous post:
On the Ramones Mania compilation, the song is listed simply as “Bonzo Goes To Bitburg”. The alternate title does appear on the “Hey Ho” compilation. I don’t know how it appears on the original “Animal Boy” release.
And to reiterate the answer to the OP, the Ramones Mania liner notes describe the song as
I believe it was called Bonzo Goes to Bitburg on the album. It’s back in Ireland so I’ll have to wait until I get back home. As for the Dixie Chicks…hijack here but what really bothered me about these marginally talented country hucksters wasn’t what they said but their reaction to their fans reaction to what they said (there’s a mouthful). Freedom of speach goes both ways and there is ofter a price for that freedom. They weren’t censored they were just criticized by a section of their fans. That’s the way it works ladies. Stop playing the martyr and have the courage of your convictions to stand behind your comments and not whine when people disagree with you.
In the hip-hop vein, there’s the War (If It Feels Good, Do It) compilation. I just got a copy thru Alternative Tentacles last week, and in my opinion, it barely reaches the rating of listenable.
W’s Dad got ribbed a few times. The best tracks that come to mind are:[ul]
[li]A Thousand Points of Light (Was Not Was)'s: “Read My Lips”[/li][li]Steinsky & Mass Media’s: “It’s Up To You” and [/li][li]Beth Watson’s: “Waiting at the Border” (Which falls into the cute category)[/ul][/li]
Minor hijack: Something I’ve asked before -
Was John Fogerty’s “Old Man Down The Road” a refernce to Reagan?