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“Wild Thing” is a song written by New York City-born songwriter Chip Taylor. Originally recorded by American band The Wild Ones in 1965, “Wild Thing” is best known for its 1966 cover by the English band The Troggs, which reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in July 1966. The song peaked at No. 2 in Britain.

The song’s central guitar riff is immediately recognizable and frames the central lyrics.

In the final verse the intention of the narrator and his relationship to the wild thing is revealed. A young man who has viewed his loves desire from across a crowded dance hall. The song is in fact an internal narration of the events that are unfolding in their dance. It is theorized due to the intensity of the “shake it” lines that they are perhaps dancing to Buddy Holly.

The song is in the key of A major, and is based around the chord progression (I – IV – V – IV), which is the basis for the main riff. Also the instrumental parts during the chorus are in key with the rest of the song. However, the guitars are not strictly tuned to middle C in the Troggs’ version and the slightly sharp tuning causes the chords to actually be midway between A and Bb. This has mystified many guitar players trying to play along with the record. It has been suggested that The Troggs did this as a joke. As a side note, the middle eight was originally someone whistling, but in The Troggs’ version this was replaced by Colin Fretcher, musical director, playing an ocarina.

The generally-used lyrics go like this:

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, 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
So come on and hold me tight, you move me

Wild thing you make my heart sing
You make everything groovy, wild thing
Oh come on, come on wild thing
Check it, check it wild thing

As performed by The Troggs, “Wild Thing” is ranked #257 on the Rolling Stone magazine’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. It has also been covered many times, notably by: Jimi Hendrix, The Runaways, Sam Kinison, Cheap Trick, Prince, and Kermit the Frog.

 

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