I Wanna Be Sedated

Composed by Ramones

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One of the best-known Ramones songs, "I Wanna Be Sedated" follows the band's formula -- short, simple, and catchy with an early-'60s rock & roll feel. The Ramones were always predictable yet likable, and often included grotesque, absurd, and campy content, as shown with songs like "Cretin Bop," "Teenage Lobotomy," "Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue," "The KKK Took My Baby Away," "Pinhead," "Beat on the Brat," "Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment," "Psychotherapy," and so on. "I Wanna Be Sedated" falls into that subcategory of Ramones material as well -- with lyrics like "Put me in a wheelchair, get me to the show/Hurrry, hurry, hurry, before I go loco/I can't control my fingers, I can't control my toes." "I Wanna Be Sedated" is played and sung with such gleeful abandon -- complete with handclaps -- that sedation is hardly likely.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Road to Ruin 1978 Rhino / Warner Bros. 2:32
Times Square 1980
Original Soundtrack
RSO 2:29
No Image 1981
Ramones Mania 1988 Warner Bros. 2:31
No Image 1990 Reprise
Loco Live 1991 ATG / Atlantic 2:09
Sedated in the Eighties 1993
Various Artists
The Right Stuff 2:28
No Image 1995 Sound Velocity
Greatest Hits Live 1996 Radioactive Records / Barclay / Radioactive 2:06
Slam Jams, Vol. 1 1997
Various Artists
Tommy Boy 2:25
We're Outta Here! 1997 Music Club International Records
The Ongoing History of New Music, Vol. 2 1997
Various Artists
Warner Music 2:30
Whatever [Original Soundtrack] 1998
Original Soundtrack
Medicine 2:31
No Image 1998 Rhino
Smash Alternatives, Vol. 2 1999
Various Artists
Hip-O 2:29
Hey! Ho! Let's Go: Ramones Anthology 1999 Rhino 2:31
WPLJ Presents: Scott & Todd Blast Off 2000 2000
Various Artists
Rhino 2:30
Scary Movie 2000
Original Soundtrack
TVT 2:31
Minnesota Timberwolves: Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 2001
Various Artists
Alphabet City Sports Records / Alphabet City 2:26
Best of the Chrysalis Years 2002 EMI Music Distribution 2:09
The  Chrysalis Years 2002 EMI Music Distribution
Loud, Fast Ramones: Their Toughest Hits 2002 WEA 2:29
Daddy Day Care 2003
Original Soundtrack
Columbia 2:31
Modern Edge 2003
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:31
Mayor of the Sunset Strip 2004
Original Soundtrack
Shout! Factory 2:30
The Best of the Ramones [Disky] 2004 Disky 2:10
Weird Tales of the Ramones (1976-1996) 2005 Rhino
Greetings from the East Coast 2005
Various Artists
American Beat Records 2:30
Rhino Hi-Five: Ramones, Vol. 1 2005 Rhino 2:31
All That Punk 2006
Various Artists
WEA International
Greatest Hits 2006 Rhino / Rhino/Warner Bros. / Warner Bros. 2:29
Songs You Know, Vol. 7 2006
Various Artists
Rhino 2:30
Prime 17: Ultimate Classic Rock 2007
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:31
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Rhino Classic Albums Collection [f.y.e. Exclusive] 2009 Rhino 2:29
No Image 2011
Various Artists
100 Hits / DMG 2:30
No Image 2012 Starbucks
The Old Grey Whistle Test: The Anthems 2013
Various Artists
Rhino 2:29
The  Sire Years 1976-1981 2013 Rhino / Warner Bros. 2:32
WBUF FM Broadcast, Buffalo, NY, February 8, 1979 2014 Keyhole Records
Hey, Ho! Let's Go! Legendary Live Broadcast 2015 Blue Line Music / Blueline 2:07
Pinheads in Buenos Aires 2015 Goldfish 2:05
Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio? 2015 Roxvox 2:07
Live Montevideo November 1994 2016 Echoes 2:04
My Father's Place, NYC, July 20, 1982 2016 Roxvox 2:28
3/60: Drivetime
Various Artists
Crimson Productions
No Image Insect
CAPS: Campus and Pub Songs
Various Artists
Mood Media Entertainment 2:29
No Image
Various Artists
Music of the Dead
Various Artists
Warner Music 2:30
No Image Access All Areas
The Best Ever Rock
Various Artists
The Cretin Hop Chrome Dreams / Smokin' 2:27
The Loudness: Rock Hits Turned Up to 11
Various Artists
Warner Music
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