Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue

Album: Ramones (1976)
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  • Bass player Dee Dee Ramone wrote this song, which is about sniffing glue, a cheap and easy way to kill some brain cells. This is a pastime of bored teenage boys with bad judgment.
  • Running just 1:34, this song has minimalist lyrics driven by a propulsive beat. The words are simply these lines repeated three times:

    Now I wanna sniff some glue
    Now I wanna have somethin' to do
    All the kids wanna sniff some glue
    All the kids want somethin' to do
  • The Ramones didn't really want folks to sniff glue. Tommy Ramone explained in Hey! Ho! Let's Go! The Ramones Anthology by David Fricke: "I have a feeling Dee Dee was talking about his childhood, how he actually thought it was some kind of release when he was a kid. I thought of it as a parody. He might have been a little more serious."

    Johnny Ramone added: "We couldn't write about love or cars, so we sang about this stuff, like glue sniffing. We thought it was funny. We thought we could get away with anything." >>
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    Katie - Goulburn, for above 3
  • This is one of the tracks on the Ramones first album. On their follow-up, they included a song called "Carbona Not Glue," which is about graduating to cleaning solvent for a cheap high.

Comments: 3

  • Zero from The Abyss, NjOne of the rare times Johnny plays lead guitar. Usually it was done by Marky, producers, or session musicians.
  • Fyodor from Denver, CoAll the kids want somethin' to do, that's real life for ya!!
  • A.j. from Chicago, IlThis is in House of 1,000 Corpses.
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