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This samples Van Halen's "Jaime's Cryin'." It was not the first time an Eddie Van Halen guitar riff helped a black artist appeal to a white audience. Eddie played the guitar solo on Michael Jackson's "Beat It," which helped make it a huge hit.
"The Wild Thing" is slang for sex. It was a popular and benign euphemism that worked well in the late '80s when people like Arsenio Hall needed to talk about sex without arousing censors.
This was written by Matt Dike, Anthony Smith and Marvin Young. Young, better known as Young MC, had his own hit soon after with "Bust A Move." Dike and Smith had started the record label Delicious Vinyl and signed Tone-Loc. They got the idea for the song after watching the 1986 Spike Lee movie She's Gotta Have It, where Hip-Hop scenester Fab 5 Freddy tells a woman, "Let's do the wild thing!"
Weird Al Yankovic wrote a parody of this song called "Isle Thing," which is about the show Gilligan's Island and can be found on his album UHF - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack and Other Stuff. (thanks, Steph - SoCal, CA)
Michael Glabicki of Rusted Root
Michael tells the story of "Send Me On My Way," and explains why some of the words in the song don't have a literal meaning.
Billy Steinberg - "Like A Virgin"
The first of Billy's five #1 hits was the song that propelled Madonna to stardom. You'd think that would get you a backstage pass, wouldn't you?