I Wanna Be Your Dog

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"I Wanna Be Your Dog"
Single by The Stooges
from the album The Stooges
B-side We Will Fall
Released June 1969
Recorded April 1–10, 1969
Genre Protopunk, garage rock, heavy metal[1]
Label Elektra, Warner
Writer(s) Dave Alexander, Ron Asheton, Scott Asheton, Iggy Pop
Producer(s) John Cale

"I Wanna Be Your Dog" is a 1969 song by the American rock band The Stooges. The song is featured on their self-titled debut album. Its memorable riff, composed of only three chords (G, F♯ and E), is played continuously throughout the song (excepting two brief 4-bar bridges). The 3-minute-and-9-second long song, with its raucous, distortion-heavy guitar intro, pounding, single-note piano riff played by producer John Cale and steady, driving beat, established The Stooges at the cutting edge example of the heavy metal and punk sound.[1] The lyrics have been described as evoking a sense of lubricity and self-loathing, a monument to a state of blue-collar tedium and alienation of their era, late 1960s industrial Michigan. This sense of working class disfranchisement was widely echoed later by the Sex Pistols and Public Image Limited.[2]

In 2004, the song was ranked number 438 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.[3] Pitchfork Media placed it at number 16 on its list of "The 200 Greatest Songs of the 1960s".[4]

Use in popular culture[edit]

The song is featured in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Transporter 3, Friday Night Lights, The Crow: City of Angels (in which Iggy Pop played the role of Curve, one of the villains), Crimson Rivers II: Angels of the Apocalypse, the skateboard video by Flip entitled "Sorry", an episode of TV show Skins (Episode 2.9: "Cassie"), an episode of the TV sitcom How I Met Your Mother (Episode 2.16: "Stuff"), in the 2010 film The Runaways, and film Sid and Nancy, as well as the documentary film "Dogtown and Z-Boys".

It was also used in the games Vietcong and Grand Theft Auto IV, the latter of which features Iggy Pop as a radio DJ. The song was released as part of "The Stooges 01" pack DLC from the Rock Band series. However, the "shaker" sound at the end of the song in GTA IV is cut off, leaving the guitar solo as the last bit of the song.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Trynka, Paul (2007). Iggy Pop: open up and bleed. New York: Broadway Books. p. 95. ISBN 0-7679-2319-7. 
  2. ^ Friskics-Warren, Bill (2006). I'll Take You There: Pop Music And the Urge for Transcendence. London: Continuum. pp. 118, 119. ISBN 0-8264-1921-6. 
  3. ^ http://www.rollingstone.com/news/coverstory/500songs/page/5
  4. ^ http://pitchfork.com/features/staff-lists/6405-the-200-greatest-songs-of-the-1960s/1/
  5. ^ http://www.amazon.com/I-Wanna-Be-Your-Dog/dp/B002WQ316K