Hair of the Dog (song)

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"Hair of the Dog"
Single by Nazareth
from the album Hair of the Dog
Released 1 January 1975 (1975-01-01); 15 March 1984 (1984-03-15) (re-release)
Recorded 1974
Genre Hard rock
Length 4:11
Label A&M (USA)/Vertigo Records (Europe)
Writer(s) Dan McCafferty, Pete Agnew, Manny Charlton, Darrell Sweet
Producer(s) Manny Charlton
Nazareth singles chronology
"Hair of the Dog"
"My White Bicycle"
"Hair of the Dog"
GNR HairOfTheDog.jpg
"Hair of the Dog" cover
Promotional single by Guns N' Roses from the album "The Spaghetti Incident?"
Released 1994 (1994)
Recorded 1993
Genre Hard rock, glam metal
Length 3:55
Label Geffen
Producer Guns N' Roses and Mike Clink
"The Spaghetti Incident?" track listing
"Buick Mackane (Big Dumb Sex)"
"Hair of the Dog" "Attitude"

"Hair of the Dog" is the title track of Nazareth's 1975 album Hair of the Dog.[1] It is sometimes called "Son of a Bitch" because of the repeated lyric in the hook ("Now you're messing with a son of a bitch"). The song is about a charming and manipulative woman who can get men to acquiesce 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" uses a talk box extensively during its bridge.[2] The song's title does not appear in the lyrics, but is based on the expression. The title is a pun,[citation needed] as "heir of the dog" refers to "son of a bitch".

Cover versions[edit]

The song has been covered by many bands. Guns N' Roses recorded it on their 1993 album "The Spaghetti Incident?". This version famously features the signature guitar riff from the Beatles' Day Tripper as a gag at the end. The song is on the Britny Fox album Boys in Heat.[3][4] Stone Rider covered the song on their 2008 album Three Legs of Trouble. It has also been covered by Deep Purple, The Michael Schenker Group, and Warrant.

In other media[edit]

The original version of the song is featured in the video game Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned. The song was also used in The CW show Supernatural in a Season 2 promotional advertisement.

On January 26, 2010, a re-recording of the song was released as downloadable content for the rhythm video game Rock Band 2.

In the US, this was used in a TV commercial for Dodge.[5]



Guns N' Roses[edit]

Britny Fox[edit]


  1. ^ Strong, Martin Charles; John Peel (2004). The great rock discography. Canongate. p. 1064. ISBN 978-1-84195-615-2. 
  2. ^ Brewster, David M. (2003). Introduction to guitar tone & effects: an essential manual for getting the best sounds from electric guitars, amplifiers, effect pedals, and digital processors. Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 60. ISBN 978-0-634-06046-5. 
  3. ^ Kandell, Steve (April 2010). "Nazareth Messed With by Son of a Bitch". Spin: 96. ISSN 0886-3032. 
  4. ^ Adler, Steven; Spagnola, Lawrence (2010). My Appetite for Destruction: Sex, and Drugs, and Guns N' Roses. It Books. ISBN 978-0-06-191711-0. [page needed]
  5. ^ Eddy (1997). The accidental evolution of rock'n'roll: a misguided tour through popular music. Da Capo. p. 330. ISBN 978-0-306-80741-1. [not in citation given]