Friday, July 2, 2010

New York: Rockaway Beach


The Ramones: Rockaway Beach


The first punk rock group. Two minutes. Three chords. Four guys "named" Ramone.

Rockaway Beach (the place), Wikipedia tells us, is the longest urban beach in the United States. It runs along the south shore of Long Island in the borough of Queens and was once known as the Irish Riviera because of the many Irish Americans living nearby.

Rockaway Beach (the song) was penned by Dee Dee Ramone as a surf rock ode to a place he liked to hang out. It became their most successful single in 1977.


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