Which band sang the song Wild Thing

Wild Thing (The Song of The Troggs) - Wild Thing (The Troggs song)

1966 single from the Troggs

" Wild thing "is a song by the American songwriter Chip Taylor, popularized by the English rock band The Troggs. It was originally recorded and released by the American rock band The Wild Ones in 1965, but it was not chartered. The Troggs' single hit in 1966 number one in the Billboard Hot 100 and number two on the UK Singles Chart. Her version of "Wild Thing" was number 257 on the list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time Rolling Stone Magazine set. It was performed by many other musicians as well.


The first studio version was recorded by the Wild Ones, a New York-based band, and founded by celebrity Sybil Christopher. They had contacted the composer Chip Taylor to ask him to write a song to release as a single. Taylor composed it very quickly: within a few minutes he had the chorus and a "song with sexual feelings" emerged. In his demo version, Taylor hit a tambourine while producer Ron Johnson "did this little thing with his hands," as Taylor said. The result sounded "cool". Producer Gerry Granahan approved the song and then produced the recording of Wild Ones, with vocals by Chuck Alden. However, when it was released in November 1965, the record failed to sell, and Alden later said he regretted not having performed the song in the same way as Taylor's demo. The solo in the middle of the song was performed by the sound engineer with his hands as a whistle. This sound was then imitated by the Troggs in their version with an ocarina.

The Troggs version

The English rock band The Troggs recorded the song on April 22, 1966 as their second single. The band was introduced to the song by their manager, Larry Page, who thought it was "so strange and unusual that we just had to record it".

Due to a distribution dispute, the Troggs single was available on two competing labels: Atco Records and Fontana Records. Since both pressings come from the same master recording, combined Billboard sales for both releases, making it the only single to hit number one for two companies at the same time.

On the Atco label, both sides 'author credits are reversed as "Wild Thing" is credited to Reg Presley (Troggs' singer) and his B-side "With a Girl Like You" is credited to Chip Taylor. On the Fontana label, "Wild Thing" is correctly credited to Chip Taylor and the Flip includes another song, "From Home," by Reg Presley. The Fontana label credits the production to Page One Productions, England, while the Atco label credits the production as "A Larry Page Production, Recorded in England". Another difference between the two singles is that there is a noticeable "click" on the Atco single after Presley says "You move me" and just before the music starts again. This click is processed from the Fontana version.

The song was inducted onto the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles list on June 25, 1966. Two weeks later (July 9th) it jumped from number 47 to number six. The song then rose to number two, where it stayed for the next two weeks (July 16 and 23), while "Hanky ​​Panky" by Tommy James and the Shondells took the top spot. On the day of issue July 30, 1966, "Wild Thing" hit number one, where it stayed for two weeks. The song finally recorded eleven weeks in the table, eight of them in the top 10. In Canada, the single (Fontana 1548) reached number two in the charts on August 8, 1966 RPM Magazine.

The Troggs recorded a new version of the song in 1993, which peaked at # 87 on the UK Singles Chart.


Other versions

The Jimi Hendrix Experience gave a dramatic performance of the song at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival: in the documentary Monterey Pop , Jimi Hendrix lit his guitar on fire at the end of the song. The version was also on the compilation album The Ultimate Experience included .

That same year Senator Bobby's Novelty Team released a version of "Wild Thing". Sung by comedian Bill Minkin in the verbal style of Democratic Senator Bobby Kennedy while a sound engineer gives instructions, the stammering single ranks 20th in the US. On the other hand, "Senator Everett McKinley" (an impression of Republican Senator Everett McKinley Dirksen) played the same song. The songs were credited to the Hardly Worthit players, and the Senator Bobby version was featured as a bonus track on reissues of their 1966 Parkway album The Hardly-Worthit Report added .

In 1981 Siouxsie Sioux recorded the song with her second band The Creatures and added new lyrics: "Wild thing, I think I hate you / but I want to know for sure / so come on, hit me hard / I hate you": it was on the EP Wild Things recorded . It has been described by critics as "perhaps the most eye-catching of these 7,500 licensed recordings ... on which [their] cool, multi-track vocals are only accompanied by ... tribal-sounding drums". David Cheal of the Financial Times argued that "it's a version that takes up the earthy, elemental spirit of the song".