TK's Sleater-Kinney pages

TK's Sleater-Kinney pages

I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone

Call the Doctor, "I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone"

I thought folks had figured out all the old songs by now so I overlooked this one until Sachio suggested it (thanks, Sachio).

At first I though is was and early power "chordy" rock song, relatively unsophistocated as compared to the later songs. Well, it is more punky riff-wise than some but it's plenty sophistocated. The bass in the last bar of the verse is so wrong yet so S-K right. You really don't notice but it fills up the sound. When you listen closely you have to say, "What is that?"

Then, what I'd call a backward chorus, starts with "Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah" in the first two bars when I'd expect it in the last two bars. The first "Yeah's" act as a pre-chorus but it's actually the part of the chorus. When the verse come back in, it's a little unexpected. It's slighly "mathy" in 4/4 time.

Finally there is another wonderful S-K bridge. Maybe not the very best but the worst S-K bridge is way above average and a S-K trademark.

I'm still a little mystified by who's playing which guitar. Particulary in the Guitar 2 part of the 3rd bar of the verse and the Guitar 2 part of the 2nd and 4th bar of the bridge. Those parts are also S-K trademarks.

  • Quarter note = 136 or so.
  • Standard tuning.
  • Tabbed where it felt good on the fretboard but there are alternatives.
  • These images a pretty big.  I hope you can be patient for the graphics to load.  (They aren't that big.)


Intro, verse and chorus:

I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone Riff 1



I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone Riff 2

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