Music Video of the Day: Pet Sematary by Ramones (1989, dir. Bill Fishman)

You can hardly tell this was done by the same director who made the video for I Wanna Be Sedated by Ramones.

I Wanna Be Sedated by Ramones (1988)

This song was obviously made for the movie Pet Sematary (1989). It’s the following guy that we have to thank for this song existing:

King is apparently a big fan of the Ramones. According to Wikipedia, King invited them to his home where he proceeded to hand a copy of the book to Dee Dee who went into the basement, and came out an hour later with the lyrics for the song. Impressive. Sure the song would go on to win the Razzie Award for Worst Original Song, but I’m assuming he both read the book and wrote the lyrics in an hour. I find that to be impressive. Still, I can understand why it won that award. All you have to do is play I Wanna Be Sedated back-to-back with this song, and it’s night and day.

The video was shot at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in the New York village of the same name. The band plays on a hydraulic platform instead of sitting at a table while things go on around them.

Those things include Debbie Harry and Chris Stein of Blondie, and members of The Dead Boys. I couldn’t find any of them for sure. You’d think Debbie Harry would stand out, but the video quality is so bad. My best guess is that she is the one on the left.

In the end, they’re buried.

Despite the fact that Mary Lambert of music video fame directed the film, as well Pet Sematary 2: Judgement Day, the video was directed by Bill Fishman. He appears to have done around 50-60 music videos total, with the most recent one being in 2014 for The Decemberists. He directed a couple of videos for the Ramones.


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