For a short time in the mid 80's, I worked with and occasionally hung out with a cool punk from Texas named Allen, who was the guitarist and front man for a hardcore band called Hammerbrain. We even played together a couple of times in a band called Paganfest. Working with Allen was a blast. He was smart and absolutely hilarious and just what I needed, even if he was terrible at his job and always came in either late or hungover. But the thing I loved most was his love of music, even if our tastes clashed more times than not. We both did love Motorhead, and saw them together at The Ritz on their 10th Anniversary tour. We both loved Judas Priest, even if we would laugh hysterically at most of the lyrics and Rob Halford's delivery. And we both loved The Ramones and this song, "Bonzo Goes To Bitburg," aka by its U.S. title, "My Brain Is Hanging Upside Down." But this was sealed as my favorite of all Ramones songs after something Allen said.
"Those YA YAS on the chorus could have easily been YEAH YEAHS and it just wouldn't have been as cool."
I agreed, and 30 years later, still love those "YA YAS." It really is that simple.
And that's my little story about my favorite Ramones song, "Bonzo Goes To Bitburg."
What's your favorite?