Pet Sematary

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Stephen King is one of the Ramones' most vocal fans, working lyrics from various of their songs into his novels and short stories. So when director Mary Lambert filmed King's zombie creepfest Pet Sematary in 1989, she not only used "Sheena Is a Punk Rocker" in the movie's most genuinely terrifying sequence (a scene that plays on the fears of all toddlers' parents), she hired the Ramones to record the theme song. Sadly, the results are no "Rock & Roll High School." The minimalist lyrics consist primarily of a two-line chorus that both gives away the plot of the movie and rips off early Ramones standards like "I Don't Wanna Go Down to the Basement," and at just over three and a half minutes, it goes on for at least 90 seconds too long. However, the combination of a hit movie and the revival of interest in the Ramones sparked by the previous year's career-overview Ramones Mania compilation made "Pet Sematary" the band's most commercially popular single of all time.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Brain Drain 1989 Sire 3:30
No Image 1990 Reprise
Trackspotting 1997
Various Artists
Polygram 3:30
Best of 1980-1990, Vol. 12 1997
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:31
Just Can't Get Enough: New Wave Halloween 1998
Various Artists
Rhino 3:31
Hey! Ho! Let's Go: Ramones Anthology 1999 Rhino 3:34
Complete Punk Collection: Cash from Chaos 2002
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:28
Best of the Chrysalis Years 2002 EMI Music Distribution 3:30
The Chrysalis Years 2002 EMI Music Distribution 3:30
The Best of the Ramones [Disky] 2004 Disky 3:28
Rhino Classic Albums Collection [f.y.e. Exclusive] 2009 Rhino 3:32