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Wild Thing



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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 the first rap song by a black artist to crossover to Pop radio, and also the first Rap single to be certified Platinum (Tone Loc's "Funky Cold Medina" was the second). The Beastie Boys crossed over the year before with "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party)."
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)
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Comments (7):

This was NOT the first rap/pop crossover for a black artist. RUN-DMC was first with a cover of "Walk This Way" featuring Aerosmith in 1986. The song secured RUN-DMC's fame and reignited the members of Aerosmith's careers as well. I know... I should work at VH1.
- Scott, Columbus, OH
The video for this song was made on a shoe-string budget to say the least. It was made for around $5,000, which is nothing for a video, especially one that did so well. The bulk of the money went to extras, namely the women in the "band", which incidently are dressed in an homage to Robert Palmer's "Simply Irresistable" video female backing group. Check it out and you'll see the similarities.
- Scott, Columbus, OH
How can Tone Loc be a bozo for naming his song after the song it sounds like?

Sure it doesn't use the Trogg's riff but it sounds like Wild Thing by the Troggs so why not call it that?
- Luke, Manchester, England
Charlie, "Wish You Were Here" was a popular Eddie Fisher song decades before Pink Floyd. I sure hope you don't go to the RATT section and post a similar comment about "Round and Round." Besides, Tone Loc is not really a modern bozo - more of a vintage bozo by now.
- Greg, Maryville, MO
The six hundred and sixty-sixth song in the Songfacts database -- 666. Number of the beast, coincidentally.
- Arthur, Sydney, Australia
i hate it when modern bozo's use titles from classic songs, like whoever used floyds classic' wish you were here for a title
- Charlie, Thomaston, CT
Tone Loc also had a moderately successful film career in the early 90's, with supporting roles in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and Surf Ninjas.
- Kei, Salem, OR
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