Blitzkreig Bop is a song by Ramones who wrote this as a salute to their fans. It is about having a good time at a show.
Some fans interpret the song differently, however, as "Blitzkrieg" is a German term for Lighting War.
The Blitzkrieg was Hitler's army and in this interpretation, the Bop in the song is the march that the soldiers do.
- Here's a look:
- Hey ho, let's go (meaning the soldiers marching)
- They're forming in a straight line (the soldiers are standing in a line)
- They're going through a tight wind (cars going down the auto-bahn)
- The kids are losing their minds (boys being turned into soldiers by hitler)
- The Blitzkrieg Bop (the soldiers march)
- They're piling in the back seat (people piling into vehicles to get on the auto-bahn and soldiers piling into vehicles)
- They're generating steam heat (the engines were so hot they started to steam)
- Pulsating to the back beat (everyone is getting pumped for war)
- Shoot'em in the back now (Hitler being shot)
- What they want, I don't know (why Hitler was in the war)
- They're all revved up and ready to go (the soldiers getting ready to fight)
(thanks, josh - hibbing, MN)
The Ramones' famous chant, "Hey, Ho, Let's Go!" is a big part of this song. They wanted their own chant after hearing "Saturday Night" by The Bay City Rollers, which had the chant "S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y, Night."
Joey Ramone: "I hate to blow the mystique, but at the time we really liked bubblegum music, and we really liked The Bay City Rollers. Their song 'Saturday Night' had a great chant in it, so we wanted a song with a chant in it: 'Hey! Ho! Let's Go!'. 'Blitzkrieg Bop' was our 'Saturday Night'."
Tommy Ramone: "I wrote 'Blitzkrieg Bop,' but Dee Dee contributed the title and he changed one line. There was a line that went, 'They're shouting in the back now.' He changed it to 'Shoot 'em in the back now,' which is a non sequitur. But to him it made sense. (thanks, Katie - Gasoline Alley, Australia, for above 2)
This was the Ramones' first single. It is also the first song on their first album.
This is one of the most enduring Punk songs. Punk music was popular in the late '70s, and groups like The Ramones had a very loyal following.
Johnny Ramones' guitar, which was highly distorted, is on the left channel, the rest of the band is on the right.
The album cost $6,400.00 to make.
This was featured in the 2001 movie Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius. It was used in a scene where Jimmy and his friends go on a rampage of fun.
The New York Yankees baseball team often plays this when one of their big hitters is coming to the plate. Johnny Ramone is a huge fan of the Yankees.
Green Day performed this at the 2002 ceremonies when The Ramones were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.
In 2003, this was used in commercials for AT&T Wireless.
Rob Zombie covered this song on the album A Tribute To Ramones (We're A Happy Family). (thanks, Brian - Halton, Canada)