Album: Rocket to Russia
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Because they instinctively knew that their unique sound would make their version of a song different from the original — but also because they were fans — the Ramones covered other people’s songs: on their debut, it was Chris Montez’s “Let’s Dance,” which was fine, on Leave Home, it was The Riviera’s “California Sun,” which was even better, though The Dictators got there first.
But on Rocket to Russia, they did two, their reverential cover of the Trashmen’s “Surfin’ Bird” and their utter genius rearrangement of Bobby Freeman’s “Do You Wanna Dance?”
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