11/13/17: The Troggs “Wild Thing”

Wild thing! You make my heart sing! You make everything… groovy! You know what song I’m talking about! The music in my head today is some pretty wild stuff by The Troggs – even though they didn’t record it first.

“Wild Thing” was originally recorded by The Wild Things, but the record didn’t really go anywhere. Everybody really got acquainted with the tune when it was covered by The Troggs, an English rock band. In addition to this song, they had a couple other big hits in the UK and here in the States. “With a Girl Like You” was one, as was “Love is All Around.” Those two songs, along with “Wild Thing,” of course, were all hot sellers in the ‘60s. The song influenced (and continues to influence!) garage bands and punk rockers, and just about everybody recognizes the song within a couple seconds. Rolling Stone listed it as #257 on a list of the “500 Greatest Songs of All Time,” which also tells you something about the staying power of “Wild Thing.”

The song has an interesting origin story, as well. Written in 1964 by Chip Taylor, who just so happens to be the brother of famous actor Jon Voight – which makes him the uncle of Angelina Jolie! Talk about a Hollywood connection!

The opening guitar in the version performed by The Troggs is downright startling, and it only gets better as the song goes on. There’s such a great rhythm to it, the kind of driving sound that led just about everybody in rock to play it at some time or another. We’ve heard covers from Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, Bruce Springsteen, and so many more. There’s even a great version in the movie “Major League,” starring Charlie Sheen. It’s by a band called “X,” and it’s the theme song for Ricky Vaughn, Charlie Sheen’s character. His nickname was “The Wild Thing,” and the song played whenever he took the field, fans in the stands all yelling and singing along. “Wild Thing” is fun music, the sort of thing you want to walk out to!

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After playing a show at The Cat’s Cradle in July, at Local 506 in August, The Carrboro Music Festival in September; and The Southern Village Green in November,  the School of Rock students’ next BIG public LIVE performance will be Saturday January 6th at the Pittsboro Roadhouse.

At 1pm, its “Rock Goddesses” with Music from Stevie Nicks, Tina Turner, Janis Joplin and More. This is followed at 3pm with the songs of Led Zeppelin I and II. January 6th at the Pittsboro Roadhouse, put it on your calendar now!

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Why should the kids have all of the rock and roll fun? The School of Rock Offers adult programs as well. It is never too late to learn how to rock!

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You are invited to stop in for a tour or schedule a free demo session. Their hours are Monday-Thursday 3PM-9PM and Saturday 10AM-4PM!  

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