Gabba Gabba Hey


Gabba Gabba Hey

"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!"

During the band's live shows, a roadie dressed up as a pinhead would come on stage carrying a huge sign saying "Gabba gabba hey". This is seen in the Ramones' film "Rock 'n' Roll High School".

In 1991, a Ramones tribute album called "Gabba Gabba Hey" was released.

In other media

* In the 1995 computer game Descent, typing the phrase "gabbagabbahey" on the keyboard during gameplay unlocked the cheat mode, after which other cheat codes (infinite weapons, infinite health, etcetera) could be entered. In the game's sequel, Descent II, typing "gabbagabbahey" lowered a player's health and shield to 1%. In both games, typing the cheat code resulted in the computer announcer's voice admonishing the player with: "Cheater!"

* In "The Simpsons" episode El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jomer (The Mysterious Voyage of Homer) (Season 8, Episode 9), Homer Simpson eats some "insanity peppers" that cause him to hallucinate. When running to Ned Flanders for help, Homer begins to hallucinate and one of the phrases that Ned says is "Gabba gabba gabba gabba hey". The episode C.E. D'oh features the following dialogue: "So my husband goes to a bar every night. Whoop dee doo. Who gives a bibble? Gabba-gabba hey."

*In a Christmas episode of "Space Ghost Coast to Coast", "A Space Ghost Christmas", Zorak replaces the chorus of "Deck The Halls" (traditionally "fa la la la la") with "gabba gabba hey". In the earlier episodes of the show Zorak is shown to be a huge fan of The Ramones.

* On Dream Theater's album "Octavarium", in the song of the same name, Gabba Gabba Hey is referred to in a stanza that is a play on words with some of the band's influences.

* In the "E=MC...?" episode of the television show "Eureka", Sheriff Jack Carter and a veterinary scientist are talking to a chicken farmer about cloned chicken, and the vet is stating that a protein is a GABA blocker (pronounced "GABBA"). The Sheriff says something like, “It’s a what blocker?" Vet: "Gabba!" Sheriff: "Gabba ... hey!"

* In the Marvel comic book She-Hulk the letters page is called Gamma Gamma Hey, after the gamma radiation-irradiated blood that caused her transformation.

* On The Casualties album "Die Hards", in the song "Made In NYC" they repeat the phrase throughout the chorus as a tribute to The Ramones


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