by Miles Raymer
I don't mind being stalked by "Howling at the Moon." It's a lovably oddball entry in the Ramones catalog, written by future rap nonstar Dee Dee Ramone—odd because its best hook comes not in the chorus (as in most Ramones songs) but in the prechorus (the chromatic "I wanna steal from the rich and give to the poor" bit), and also because most of the instrumentation isn't guitars but synthesizers, including the weird little eight-bit-sounding ones at the beginning and the cheap mid-80s digital approximation of a harpsichord in the bridge. Maybe it's a touch of Stockholm syndrome, but after hearing it randomly in the wild a bunch of times I've begun listening to it on purpose at least four or five times a day.
Check out "Howling at the Moon" and its accompanying video, featuring the Ramones performing from inside a wooden moving crate being trucked around New York City, after the jump.