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Hair Of The Dog by Nazareth

Album: Hair Of The DogReleased: 1975
  • This song is about a charming and manipulative woman who can get guys to acquiese to her every need. The singer is letting her know that she has met her match in him, and she won't be able to push him around.
  • "Hair Of The Dog" does not appear in the lyrics. The logical title would be "Son Of A Bitch," but it would be tough to get airplay with a song of that name. "Hair Of The Dog" comes from the phrase "Hair of the dog that bit you," which some people consider a hangover cure, meaning that if you wake up in pain after drinking lots of beer the night before, a beer will help cure you.
  • In the US, this was used in a TV commercial for Dodge. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
  • Girls Aloud sampled this on their UK hit "Sexy! No No No."
  • Artist to cover this song include Guns N' Roses, Warrant and The Michael Schenker Group.
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Comments: 23

Sounds more like "sonna Bitch" or "son of bitch" to me.Cyberpope - Richmond, Canada
This song was a guaranteed must play at my high school's dances in the late 70s. Who could resist flailing wildly to that beat and yelling "son of a bitch" with immature glee in the middle of your high school and not getting in trouble for it? Good times, good times. :-)Linda - Inland Empire, Ca
there is definitely no "Satan loves you" bring up an equalizer and bring down the 5khz and higher range, and bring everything below 60hz down. You can clearly here "Son of a bitch"Jeremy - Brampton, On
Sounds like "Shakin Bitch" to meBill - Coaler, Il
Like Guy says, this song would have been called "Son of a Bitch" if they could have gotten it on the radio with that title. Instead, they changed it to "Heir of the Dog" so it means the same thing, then changed that to "Hair..."
This is the true "more cowbell" song.
It's a rock classic.
The drummer could be playing the cowbell with a left foot pedal (his hands are busy with the ride and the backbeat) but there's no way he's playing the tambourine you can hear in the chorus.
And someone is doubling the guitar line during the solo on an overblown flute.
Nazareth was a great 4 piece rock outfit, but it took more than 4 guys to play what you hear on the studio recording.
Bobzilla - Chicago, Il
Fact I counted no less than 7 times from the 3 minute mark! Sometimes they didn't do a very good job of covering it up though!Paul - Pasadena, Tx
Actually it happens several times throughout the song but is really noticeable from about the 3:20 mark on through the end of the song! Unbelievable!Paul - Pasadena, Tx
Well I just listened to this song and didn't notice it until I was reading about the subliminal message. I can tell you that at the 3:19 mark of this song you can hear it as plain as the writing that you are reading! That's amazing how they did that!Paul - Pasadena, Tx
Towards the end, it is repeated"son of a bitch" I do NOT hear Satan loves you !Ken - Boston, Ma
Sounds a bit like Brian Johnson of AC/DCKen - Boston, Ma
Dan McCafferty is probabaly one of the most influential metal singers out there. People like Rob Halford, Axl Rose and Brian Johnson have said he is one of their influences. The guy has a great gritty sounding voices.Jason - Denver, Co
It is "SATAN luvs u",not SATIN! U can hear it rite at end of song(left ch.) -Joe, AdelaideAnonymous
I'm amazed every time I hear this song on the radio that stations are permitted to play it because "son of a bitch" is mentioned about 100 times. Some stations, rightfully concerned by the FCC's willingness to fine them for language, censor "son of a bitch" from songs such as "The Devil Went Down to Georgia."David - Youngstown, Oh
Live, they were using bagpipes, but the studio version is the familiar talkbox.
Great song with an immediately catchy main riff, even if it is not exactly difficult to play.
Oldpink - New Castle, In
Holiday (and Pete), it sounds to me like that other voice is simply repeating the phrase "son of a bitch". Then again, I also used to mis-hear the opening line as "Heartbreaker, salt shaker". Hard rock lyrics warning listeners about the dangers of too much sodium in your diet?Joshua - La Crosse, Wi
Holiday in FL,
I'm not sure how to "prove you wrong" but I fail to hear and mention of "satin" in the song. What would a silky material generally found in bedsheets and nightwear have to do with the lyrics?
Pete - Kansas City, Ks
Believe it or not, if you listen to the last part of the song (3/4) there is a subliminal lyric that says "Satin Loves You"... Where he sings "Now you're messing with a son of a bitch", then listen very closely. It floored me when first heard it. If you don't believe it please prove me wrong.Holiday - Southwest, Fl
Conan O'Brien did a TV skit with a clown (Ronald MacDonald?) where the clown attacked people on the street with this song playing. It was funny.Don - B G, Ky
The title is a joke a play on words Heir of the Dog would be a son of a bitch. I know the spelling is different(hair and Heir), but we're not talking high level humor. Also, the part in the middle may have been played with a bagpipe live, but it is certainly a Talk Box being used on the studio version.Guy - Benson, Nc
This would be an appropriate song for a few girls that I had dated, included my ex-girlfriend. Bagpipes??? It seems like it would be more of a hassle to play the bridge part with that thing than a voice tube.Randy - Colerain Twp., Oh
Hey Barry..
Its not a voice tube..the singer plays Bagpipes for that part. i saw them live lots of times.
Larry - Jackson, Nj
It's also played during the end credits of a film, but I can't recall which...anybody?Chet - Buffalo, Ny
I've always wondered if Nazareth used a voice tube effect a la Peter Frampton and Joe Walsh during the bridge of this song!Barry - Greenville, Nc