"Sheena Is a Punk Rocker" is a song by the punk rock group Ramones. It first appeared on their third LP Rocket to Russia in 1977, and was also included on later pressings of the group's second album Leave Home (it replaced "Carbona Not Glue" on "Leave Home" due to complaints/threatened legal action by the manufacturers of Carbona cleaning fluid). It was released as a single, reaching #81 in the US, and #22 in the UK singles charts, backed with "I Don't Care", which was also included on Rocket to Russia.
The song was written by Joey Ramone, and is one of the Ramones' more popular and enduring songs, showing the band's surf rock influences.
The song appears in the Stephen King movie Pet Sematary. In the film, a truck driver about to run over a child is distracted by singing along to the tune. The Ramones also wrote and performed the theme song "Pet Sematary".
The song inspired a poem, also called "Sheena Is a Punk Rocker", by Robert Archambeau.
- Rancid covered the song on the We're a Happy Family tribute album.
- Hüsker Dü covered the song on The Living End, a live collection taken from the band's final tour.
- German punk rock band Die Toten Hosen has a live cover version available on their album Im Auftrag des Herrn.
- The Huntingtons covered the song on their Rocket to Ramonia album.
- Serbian punk rock band Goblini recorded a cover version on their 1995 live album KST Live 31.08.'95.
- Comedy band, The Shirehorses, included a brief cover of the song called "Sheena Easton Punk Rocker" on their album The Worst...Album in the World...Ever...EVER!.
- Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore and Be Your Own Pet's Jemina Pearl covered their version of the song for the CW show Gossip Girl.
- Yeah Yeah Yeahs cover the song on the album Heroes, a recording for the War Child charity organization.
- Polish punk rock band DUMBS recorded a cover version on their 2008 album Rocket from Poland.
- New Model Army covered the song during their 2001 tour, shortly after Joey Ramone's death.
- Devin Townsend released the song with different lyrics as "Metal Heads are Punk Rockers" on his parody punk album Cooked on Phonics. The song shares the same sound as the original but replaces some lyrics.
- Osaka, Japan band Shonen Knife covered the song on their 2012 Ramones tribute album Osaka Ramones, with bassist Ritsuko Taneda on vocals.