Durango 95 (song)

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"Durango 95"
Song by The Ramones
from the album Too Tough to Die
Released October 1984
Recorded July 1984
Genre Punk rock
Length 0:55
Label Sire
Composer(s) Johnny Ramone
Producer(s) Tommy Ramone, Ed Stasium

"Durango 95" is a instrumental by the punk rock band The Ramones. It is the fourth track on their eighth studio album Too Tough to Die. The song is a cultural reference to the car driven by Malcolm McDowell's character in the 1971 film A Clockwork Orange.[1] The cover of the Too Tough to Die LP recalled a scene in the film.

Composition[edit]

"Durango 95" is a three-chord song with the bass playing the root notes. The drum style is quite complicated for a punk rock song due to the cymbal crashes and 7/4 time signature used in the tune's second section. The song is the shortest of all of the album's tracks. It was made an instrumental essentially to fulfill the cultural reference that Johnny Ramone wanted to give it.[2]

Live shows[edit]

After releasing Too Tough To Die, the Ramones started most of their shows with "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly" theme song in a slow crescendo. At its climax, they would start playing "Durango 95". This is shown in the Loco Live, Greatest Hits Live and We're Outta Here! live albums, released respectively in 1991, in 1996 and in 1997.[3][4] "Durango 95" was replaced as a set opener only occasionally in the late '80s with a nearly instrumental version of "Eat That Rat".

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