Archive | Mar 14, 2017

Certain Songs #818: Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers – “Chinese Rocks”

Album: L.A.M.F.
Year: 1977

Legendarily written by Dee Dee Ramone with an assist from Richard Hell — who was in an early incarnation of the Heartbreakers (because New York City law insisted that Richard Hell have direct connections with every legendary punk band) — about Jerry Nolan, the harrowing “Chinese Rocks” is the most heroin song that ever heroined that wasn’t actually called “Heroin.”

I, of course, first heard this on the Ramones End of The Century, with the tempo upped and the guitar overdubs Spectored, but as much as I always loved it, when I finally heard the Heartbreakers version, it made much more sense.