- Wild Thing (Tone Lōc song)
Name = Wild Thing
from Album =
Lōc-ed After Dark
Genre = Rap/Hip-Hop
Length = 4:23
Last single =
This single = "Wild Thing"
Next single = "
Funky Cold Medina"
"Wild Thing" is the name of
rapper Tone Lōc's 1989hit single from the album " Lōc-ed After Dark". The title is a reference to the phrase "Doin' the wild thing", a euphemismfor sex, unlike The Troggs' hit song, "Wild Thing", (with a later psychedelic version by Jimi Hendrix) in which the Wild Thing was a girl.
Tone Lōc's song peaked at number two on the
Billboard Hot 100, and spawned at least one parody (by "Weird Al" Yankovic, called " Isle Thing"). It eventually sold over two million copies. It also peaked at number 21 on the UK Singles Chart.
The track was produced by
The Dust Brothers, who would later go on to produce albums by the Beastie Boysand Beck.
The song uses an uncredited sample of
Van Halen's " Jamie's Cryin'". Van Halen's management at the time asked for a flat fee (credited in some reports to be USD$5,000) as payment to have the song sampled by Tone Lōc. Apparently, this decision was taken without consulting the band's original members (credited as co-authors of the song), who in turn did not expect "Wild Thing" to become the major hit it became. A subsequent civil lawsuit was settled out of court, with the band receiving USD$180,000 as settlement payment. Alex Van Halenhas gone on record saying that he had heard the song over the radio halfway and not realizing it had been sampled until he recognized his (by now famous) tom-tom break at least a few times. Concerning the settlement, he said: "Well, at least we got something. Tone Lōc and his people made millions out of it..."
At the end, Tone says "
Hasta la vista baby." Coincidentally, this song predates Terminator 2. VH1gave it the 39th place on its list of "100 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs."
music videowas made for the song at a reported cost of only $500, copying the style of Robert Palmer's "Addicted to Love" with mini-skirted women playing guitars next to Tone Lōc, which went into heavy rotationon MTV.
In the media
* Played in the 1989 movie "
* Played on the 1989 television series "
Doogie Howser, M.D." (pilot episode).
* Sung in the show "
Saved By The Bell" in the episode 'Drunk Driving'.
* Played in the 2000 movie "Bedazzled"
* Played in the 2001 movie "
* Played in the 2002 movie "
* Played in the
* Played in the
* Parodied in the
2006movie " Totally Awesome" (Crazy Stuff)
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