"Gabba Gabba Hey"
is a catchphrase
associated with the punk rock band the Ramones
. The phrase is included in the song "Pinhead
", which contained the lyrics: "Gabba gabba we accept you, we accept you, one of us". The song ends with: "Gabba gabba hey, gabba gabba hey!....".
The slogan comes from a scene in the 1932 motion picture Freaks
, in which the title characters chant the line "Gooble, gobble, we accept her, we accept her, one of us, one of us!" that the band viewed at an art house cinema on a rare day off when an outdoor event they were to perform at was canceled due to weather.
In Allan Arkush's film, Rock 'n' Roll High School
a character in a pinhead
mask would appear on stage carrying a large sign with the phrase "Gabba Gabba Hey" at the Ramones concert in the The Roxy
. Afterwards, according to Monte A. Melnicks' biographical book On the Road with the Ramones
, the band felt it necessary to the live experience and a roadie, usually Mitch "Bubbles" Keller would appear on stage in a pinhead
mask, hand the sign to Joey Ramone and perform a dance on stage, colloquially referred to as the "jerk dance." In later years, Keller updated the "pinhead" with a brightly colored, mismatching, and polka-dotted dress sewn together for him by an employee of the Ritz
. Sometimes there were celebrity guests who would don the mask and/or costumes on stage such as Eddie Vedder
. The pinhead would usually... Read More