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"Gabba Gabba Hey" is a catchphrase with the associated punk rock band des Ramones. The phrase is included in the song "Pinhead" (1977), which includes the lyrics: "Gabba gabba, we accept you, we accept you, one of us." The song ends with: "Gabba gabba hey, gabba gabba hey! ..."


The sentence comes from a scene in the film Freaks of 1932, in which the title characters read the line "Gooble, devour, we accept them, we accept them, one of us, one of us!" To sing. The Ramones saw Freaks on a rare day off at an art house cinema when an outdoor event they were supposed to perform was canceled due to inclement weather. One of the main characters of Freaks is a microcephalus or "pinhead" called Schlitzie.

In Allan Arkush's film Rock 'n' Roll High School a figure in a Schlitzie mask appears on stage during a Ramones concert at The Roxy, carrying a large sign that reads "Gabba Gabba Hey". After that, the band wanted to relive the experience, and a roadie, usually Mitch "Bubbles" Keller, appeared on stage in a pinhead mask, gave the sign to Joey Ramone, and performed a dance on the stage known colloquially as the "jerk dance." ". In later years, Keller updated the "Pinhead" with a brightly colored, mismatched, spotted dress that a Ritz employee had sewn together for him.

Sometimes prominent guests (like Eddie Vedder) put on the mask and / or costume on stage. The pinhead usually left after the song was finished, but sometimes appeared for promotional purposes, such as performing live on television or on music videos. To this day, the pinhead, together with the Ramones Presidential Seal, is a symbol of the band and appears on many items in the Ramones merchandising.

In 1991 a Ramones tribute album was called Gabba Gabba Hey: A tribute to the Ramones released.

In other media

The title of the children's show Yo Gabba Gabba! , which debuted in 2007, pays homage to "Gabba Gabba Hey".

In the PC game Descent from 1995 the cheat mode is activated by entering the phrase "gabbagabbahey" on the keyboard during the game, after which other cheat codes (infinite weapons, infinite health, etc.) can be entered. In the continuation of the game, Descent II , entering "gabbagabbahey" lowers a player's health and shield to 1%. In both games, entering the cheat code causes the voice of the computer announcer to warn the player: "Cheater!" By default, the B button deletes a proximity mine that is activated briefly and explodes if the player is still nearby. Therefore, using the code without remapping the controls is dangerous.

Between 2012 and 2016, Ottawa, Ontario had a downtown concert space and record store known as Gabba Hey (formerly known as Capital Rehearsal Studios). Owner and operator Luke Martin has nicknamed Gabba Hey.