Remembering the moment Blondie’s Debbie Harry covered The Ramones’ ‘Pet Sematary’ in 1989
We’re digging into the Far Out Magazine vault to bring you a special moment from 1989 as the enigmatic frontwoman of Blondie, the powerful Debbie Harry, taking on a Ramones classic.
Harry and The Ramones have always been pals. Their friendship stretches back to the first murmurings of punk in surrounding the iconic venue CBGB’s. They may have met in the fiery flashes of New York’s underbelly but their friendship remained steadfast throughout their careers.
It’s a friendship that has seen countless photos and shared moments surface across the internet, but until today we had never seen this piece of perfect footage featuring Debbie Harry covering The Ramones’ iconic anthem ‘Pet Semetary’.
The footage is taken from Harry’s solo tour ‘Def, Dumb, and Blonde’ on October 23rd, 1989 and sees the ‘Heart of Glass’ singer taking on her friends’ most commercial track. Written for the Stephen King movie adaptation of the same name it remains the lasting moment the Ramones belied their punk roots and almost, for a second, went big time.
The Ramones original had been released five months earlier on their Brain Drain album and had actually surpassed other great tracks to become one of their biggest radio hits.
Here, Harry performs the track at The Roxy in Los Angeles – the footage is a “touch” scratchy and the audio a little difficult to bear in a digital world. But it has all the charm and mocksey needed to make it a searing cover.
What you can also see in the clip is the brilliant performance from Harry and. most notably, her ability to sound so singular in her delivery despite this not being a Blondie song. Though, that being said, ‘Pet Sematary’ has since found its way on to Blondie’s live set since by way of paying homage to one of the founders of punk rock.
With gusto and grace Harry performs the Ramones’ Pet Sematary’ back in 1989, watch it below: