I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend

Album: Ramones (1976)
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Songfacts®:

  • Tommy Ramone (from Hey! Ho! Let's Go! The Ramones Anthology by David Fricke): "I wrote 'I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend' because we had all these other songs with 'I Don't Wanna' - 'I Don't Wanna Walk Around With You,' 'I Don't Wanna Go Down To The Basement.' The only other positive song we had was 'Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue.'

    One thing we all had in common was we were frustrated. We escaped from our anger with humor. A lot of that came from Dee Dee's sensibility, this Dada sensibility that got squeezed into 'I Don't Wanna.'"
  • There were some unusual instruments used on this song, including 12-string guitars, tubular bells and a glockenspiel. Studio musicians were brought in to play them. >>
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  • A track from the first Ramones album, this was their second single, following "Blitzkrieg Bop." Like "I Remember You," it's a love song, just a very straightforward one.
  • Per Gessle of Roxette recorded this for the 2001 Ramones tribute album The Song Ramones the Same. Released as a single in his native Sweden, the song made #44.

Comments: 4

  • Stefanie from Rock Hill, ScI saw mention of a twelve-string guitar used in this song. Could that be why the guitars have such a chiming/jingling sound?
  • Rodrigo from Somewhere In, --It has a really catching melody and Joey's voice is greattt
  • Joe from Chicago, Arthis song is awesome..........sure even though i am a huge ramones fan i might point out that the lyrics are a little bit lame..........but it's such an addicting and catchy song i just have to love it. Plus it shows that you don't have to be angry and swear in every one of your songs to be punk.
  • Christina from Arnold, MdIf Joey ever dedicated this to me, I would gladly be his girlfriend.
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