people Cant be More Wrong | Reviewer: jpidge2010 | 11/23/12
the song cant be about anything post 1976 since that was the song's original release date. From Joey himself: "Beat on the Brat" was said by Joey to have origins relating to the upper class of New York City. "When I lived in Birchwood Towers in Forest Hills with my mom and brother. It was a middle-class neighborhood, with a lot of rich, snotty women who had horrible spoiled brat kids. There was a playground with women sitting around and a kid screaming, a spoiled, horrible kid just running around rampant with no discipline whatsoever. The kind of kid you just want to kill. You know, 'beat on the brat with a baseball bat' just came out. I just wanted to kill him
a message from the Ancient Ones. | Reviewer: Rick Ferrari | 6/26/10
This song is a true classic, although I feel I must correct the previous well-intentioned but incorrect reviewers. I was present in Queens in the '70s when these lyrics were handed down to Joey Ramone. A UFO came down from the sky and opened up and and an alien placed a typewritten sheet of glowing paper in his hands. The "Brat" in the song refers to Quaxrophllix 9, overlord of the moons of Saturn, and the release of the song spurred a fierce round of solar warfare on Titan.
This song is a legendary piece of punk rock history that helped shape the lives of many young Beings.
A Masterpiece for The Ages!!!!!!!! | Reviewer: Larry | 5/28/10
Beat on the Brat is probably my favorite 'Ramones' songs, and for a fan of my caliber that says a lot. The song is probably about Johnny Ramone having been purportedly assaulted by Joey with a memorabilia baseball bat signed by Micky Mantle during a live performance. The song could also be interpreted as a historical account of a woman that Joey Ramone may or may not have had an affair with in a heroin stupor during their 1996 lollapalloza tour. The 7 year old woman was later assaulted by Marky Ramone, the bands drummer, who had also been in love with the temptress. The aftermath of the incident sent shockwaves thoughout the music industry and eventually led to several of the band members having been executed by god in one way or another. The song that was posthumously composed will forever be recognized as an emotive reflection on the tumultuous history of this great band.
Wonderful social commentary! | Reviewer: Fred Johnson | 5/9/10
The first time I heard "Beat on the Brat", I enjoyed it but dismissed it as nothing more than a catchy song that was written to get maximum radio airplay. It wasn't until I later examined the lyrics that I realized the creative talent that went into this little masterpiece.
Joey Ramone claims to have written the song about a time when he witnessed a mother going after a "spoiled Queens brat" with a baseball bat, but when one examines the lyrics with a clever eye, the true meaning is clear.
The song is actually a social commentary written about the disaster in New Orleans on September 5, 2005. The "brat" refers to New Orleans itself, a city full of flare and partying, which may seem far less formal in comparison to other major US cities such as San Francisco. "Beat on the brat" obviously references said brat being ravaged by a category five hurricane.
Ramone's conservative viewpoints are showcased numerous times throughout the song. First of all, the use of a baseball bat to beat on the brat is an example of his patriotism and love for America (as baseball is widely considered America's national pastime.) In the other verse, Ramone slyly asks, "What can you do with a brat like that always on your back?" Perhaps he knew about George W. Bush's hatred for New Orleans, or perhaps it was coincidental, but the meaning is there-- Hurricane Katrina was an inside job.
Whether Ramone agrees with Bush's policy on removing the city remains in question. It's possible that it could've been done without so much destruction and loss of life. However, the repeated use of "oh yeah" throughout the song is a hint at his approval.
"Beat on the Brat" is a punk rock masterpiece that will be remembered throughout the ages, not only for its brilliantly catchy hooks and riffs, but also for its subtle social commentary that went clear over the heads of most listeners.