Wild Thing

May 19, 2022

Tone Loc – Wild Thing

The song titled ‘Wild Thing’ is a song by the American Rapper Tone Loc featured in his Lōc-ed After Dark album in 1989. The title references the expression ‘doin’ the wild thing,’ which is also a synonym for sex.

Producer Mario Caldato Jr who created and mixed the song, said Michael Ross, the man behind the song’s production, was inspired by the statement of Fab 5 Freddy – ‘Come on baby, let’s do the wild thing’ in Spike Lee’s She’s Gotta Have It.

Wild Thing was released by a self-governing record label – Delicious Vinyl, on January 1. Even though Matt Dike and Michael Ross produced it, other writing recognition goes to Young MC, popular for his 1989 Grammy-winning hit “Bust a Move.”

The American rapper’s song rose to number two on the Billboard Hot 100, only beaten to the top position by Paula Abdul’s breakthrough hit ‘Straight Up’ in February 1989. Tone Loc’s Wild Thing stimulated at least two parodies, including; ‘Child King’ by Christian band ApologetiX and Weird Al Yankovic’s first rap parody, the Gilligan’s Island-themed Isle Thing’.

Fun Facts About Wild Thing by Tone Loc

  • It sold more than two million copies
  • It peaked at number 21 on the UK Singles Chart
  • It was ranked number 39 on Vh1’s 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop in 2008
  • It was the first hip-hop single to go platinum
  • It uses an uncredited sample of Van Halen’s ‘Jamie’s Cryin’
  • Van Halen was paid after realizing his song had been sampled
  • It peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100
  • Tamra Davis directed its music video
  • Its music video cost $500
  • It frequently played on MTV
  • Actress Tracy Camilla Johns played the leading lady in its music video

Lyrics:

https://genius.com/Tone-loc-wild-thing-lyrics

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

You make everything groovy, wild thing

Wild thing, you make my heart sing

You make everything groovy, wild thing

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3 Comments

  1. Johnny Hurst

    THE troops released “Wid Thing” 50 years ago. Originally performed by a New York band called The Wild Ones, the song’s publisher has issued 7,500 licenses for recordings. There are versions by Jimi Hendrix.Nov 7, 2015

    Reply
  2. Johnny Hurst

    Originally performed by a New York band called The Wild Ones, the song’s publisher has issued 7,500 licenses for recordings. There are versions by Jimi Hendrix.Nov 7, 2015

    Reply
  3. Tony

    How about the Troggs?

    Reply

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