♫ Wild Thing ♫

Interestingly, I remember this song quite well, but did not remember the name of the band, The Troggs.  Released in 1966, this song went to #2 in the UK and #1 in the U.S.

This song was written by a songwriter named Chip Taylor, who has made tons of money from it because it has been recorded by many artists and is constantly being used in movies and TV shows. Taylor used a lot of this money to gamble – for years he bet about $10,000 a day and was kicked out of every casino in Las Vegas for card counting. He also wrote Angel Of The Morning, which was a hit for Merrilee Rush in 1968. Taylor is the brother of actor Jon Voight and the uncle of Angelina Jolie.

The style of music exemplified in this song became known as “Caveman Rock.” The Troggs is short for “troglodyte” (meaning “cave dweller”), which helped bolster this image. Over the next few years, The Troggs moved away from this Neanderthal sound and had a big hit in 1968 the much more evolved Love Is All Around.

Five years after The Troggs recorded this, Jimi Hendrix released his version. It was one the few songs Hendrix recorded that he did not write, and it gave the song new life on rock radio stations, as Jimi worked it over in his legendary guitar style. This is the song Hendrix is playing in the Monterey Pop Festival footage where he sets his guitar on fire.  I listened to the Hendrix version and decided not to include it here.

This was released simultaneously on Atco and Fontana Records. The Troggs were from England, and sent their manager to the US to make a distribution deal as Fontana (their British label) was initially hesitant to release it in North America. Fontana changed its mind and shortly afterwards, the manager returned with a signed distribution contract with Atco. Because both singles used the same master recording, the compilers of the Billboard Hot 100 decided to combine the two singles (which had different B-sides) into one chart position. It is the only single to hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 while being offered on two different labels simultaneously.

That crazy whistling instrument in the break is an ocarina, which is an Eastern instrument that dates back thousands of years. The original version of the song recorded by Jordan Christopher & The Wild Ones had whistling in the break, but The Troggs identified the ocarina from the demo they heard of the song and got one to record it. This gave the song a very distinctive sound and was a great talking point for the band.

Wild Thing
The Troggs

Wild thing, you make my heart sing
You make everything groovy, wild thing
Wild thing, I think I love you
But I wanna know for sure
Come on and hold me tight
I love you

Wild thing, you make my heart sing
You make everything groovy, wild thing
Wild thing, I think you move me
But I wanna know for sure
Come on and hold me tight
You move me

Wild thing, you make my heart sing
You make everything groovy, wild thing
Wild thing, you make my heart sing

Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Chip Taylor
Wild Thing lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

31 thoughts on “♫ Wild Thing ♫

  1. Pingback: ♫ Wild Thing ♫ — Filosofa’s Word – Sarah's Attic Of Treasures

    • I’m so glad you liked it, John! I hadn’t seen (or even heard of) that movie, but on Keith’s advice have added it to my watch list. Now if only somebody could give me an extra 10 hours or so in each day, maybe I could actually find time to watch something! Happy Easter, and hugs to you and Anne, my friend. I promise to email soon, for I have an idea.

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  2. A great record from the era of the best. Reg Presley (Reginald Maurice Ball)died in 2013 aged 71. Love is all around was a hit for the Troggs but a much bigger hit in the 90’s by Wet Wet Wet. staying at The top of the charts for about 15 weeks
    Cwtch

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    • I must admit that I never heard of Wet Wet Wet! But then, by the 90s I was mostly not a fan of the new music that was coming out and preferred to immerse myself in the music of the 50s and 60s, or jazz, or classical. I shall check out Wet Wet Wet tomorrow … I wonder if they were popular here and I just missed it, or if they never quite made it ‘cross the pond.
      Cwtch

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  3. Since I haven’t lived in the US for nearly fifty years, I don’t know many of the songs you play here. But this is one I remember very clearly, because it was sung at a live concert I attended in Madison, Wisconsin, in 1970, by Sly and the Family Stone.

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  4. Jill, to me, this song has a placeholder in the movie “Major League” with Tom Berenger and Charlie Sheen. Sheen’s character was nicknamed “Wild Thing,” because he had a control problem as a pitcher. The crowd would sing this song when he entered the game.

    By the way, Hendrix created a new version of any song he covered. His cover of Bob Dylan’s “All along the watchtower” is a classic. Keith

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  5. Surely you didn’ forget “I Can’t Control Myself” and “With a Girl Like You”. I don’t remember the numbers they achieved in Canada, but they were up there. Anyway, “you make everything groovy.”

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    • Actually, neither of those rang a bell, so I went in search of and listened to both. “With a Girl Like You” I do remember, albeit vaguely, and I don’t believe I ever heard “I Can’t Control Myself”. So, I did a bit of checking, and they were never big here in the U.S., apparently because stations curtailed their airtime … not sure why, though. Awwww … thanks so much … you brightened my day! LuL

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