Who Let the Dogs Out?
|"Who Let the Dogs Out?"|
|Single by Baha Men|
|from the album Who Let the Dogs Out and Rugrats in Paris: The Movie soundtrack|
|Released||25 July 2000|
|Genre||Soca, junkanoo, Calypso (Original)
Eurodance (Barking Mad Remix)
|Label||Edel, Artemis, S-Curve, Maverick, Nick|
|Producer(s)||Scott Brooks (original)
|Baha Men singles chronology|
"Who Let the Dogs Out?" is a song written and originally recorded by Anslem Douglas (titled "Doggie") for the Trinidad and Tobago Carnival season of 1998. It came to the attention of Steve Greenberg, who produced it with a British group he was promoting called The Baha Men. The Baha Men covered the song and placed it in the movie Rugrats in Paris: The Movie and on its soundtrack album and then released it as a single in 2000, when it became the band's first hit in the United Kingdom and the United States.
The song peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart, as well as topping the charts in Australia and New Zealand, and peaked within the top forty of the charts in the United States. It was Britain's fourth biggest-selling single of 2000, and went on to become one of the highest-selling singles of the decade not to reach number-one. The track went on to win the Grammy for Best Dance Recording on the 2001 Grammy Awards. It was the subject of a major lawsuit over copyright ownership that was settled.
In the original music video, a parody of Who Wants to Be A Millionaire (then hosted by Regis Philbin) is depicted at the start. The dogs in the video then escape from a police station. In other parts of the video, the dogs chase people around the same area in which the band is performing. One of them includes a mail man.
In a poll conducted in 2007, by Rolling Stone to identify the 20 most annoying songs, this song was ranked third. It was also ranked first on Spinner's 2008 list of "Top 20 Worst Songs Ever". Most recently, in 2010, Matthew Wilkening of AOL Radio ranked the song at No. 2 on the list of the 100 Worst Songs Ever, exclaiming, "We try to forgive, but admit to daydreaming about supergluing an iPod with this [song] on it to Michael Vick's head." Rolling Stone also ranked it at No. 8 on a poll to identify the worst songs of the 1990s.
The Anslem Douglas version was played throughout the English-speaking Caribbean and in cities with large Caribbean populations in 1998. After the Baha Men re-released the song, it became a ubiquitous sports anthem at stadiums and arenas throughout the world based largely on the efforts of a sports marketing company hired by the song's producer, Steve Greenberg. Pro Sports Music Marketing founder Frederic Traube introduced and marketed the song to sports stadiums, following the lead of Wingspan Records, which first introduced the song to the Mississippi State Bulldogs who made it their theme song.
Performances at sports events
The first use of the song at an American sporting event was at Mississippi State University. The university's mascot is the Bulldog, and the university school first played the song during football games in the fall of 1998 using the version sung by Chuck Smooth. It was accompanied by the crowd singing along and the team performing a dance on the field called "The Dawg Pound Rock" just before a kickoff. Later the Southeastern Conference ruled that they could not perform the dance on the field, so the team moved it to the sidelines. Several other teams followed suit, and the song quickly became a national phenomenon.
In June 2000, Gregg Greene, then Director of Promotions for the Seattle Mariners, was the first to play the Baha Men's version of "Who Let the Dogs Out" at a Major League Baseball game. He debuted the tune as a joke for the team's backup catcher, Joe Oliver. Two days later, shortstop Alex Rodriguez requested the ditty for his batter introduction music and the song quickly became the Mariners team anthem. The Baha Men played live at Safeco Field during a Mariners game in September 2000. The New York Mets, however, claimed that they were the first MLB team to adopt the song (ESPN.com later commented, "This is a little like scientists arguing over who discovered a deadly virus"). The Baha Men recorded a version of the song that changed the chorus to "Who let the Mets out?" and all the lyrics to reflect the team and its players, which was played at Shea Stadium throughout the Mets' 2000 postseason run, including a live performance on the Shea Stadium field before Game 4 of the 2000 World Series against the New York Yankees. The song was written by David Brody of Z100 New York and recorded by the Baha Men initially for Z100. Brody then gave the song to the Mets to play at Shea. Brody has also written songs for the 2006 and 2007 Mets. Richard Hidalgo used the original song as his entrance music while playing for the Houston Astros.
The song is the theme song for Monster Mutt & Monster Mutt Rottweiler while freestyling in Monster Jam.
In the United Kingdom, the song was quickly appropriated by Liverpool supporters under then-manager Gérard Houllier. Regular chants of 'Hou led the reds out' by Liverpool fans (a reference to Liverpool's cup treble in 2001) were followed soon after by opposition fans' chants of 'Hou had a heart attack' (a reference to Houllier's illness in October 2001). The song was also played after every goal which Dougie Freedman scored for Crystal Palace F.C. at Selhurst Park, with fans singing "Who let the Doug out? Who? Who?" with reference to him. Similarly, Chelsea F.C. fans sing "Who let the Drog out? Who? Who?", in reference to Didier Drogba. The song was also heard at Hillsborough for a visit of rivals Sheffield United with the words changed to "Who let the Pigs Out", United having been known as "The Pigs" since the early 1960s. (The song was also modified by Celtic F.C. supporters to "Who let the huns out? Who? Who?", aimed squarely at supporters of their arch rival, Rangers F.C.. Hun in modern Scottish and Ulster parlour is a pejorative for perceived Protestants, Celtic being a predominantly Irish Catholic-supported team tend to aim aggression towards the other big Christian denomination in Scotland, Ulster and the Republic of Ireland.
Charts and certifications
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Port of Spain, Trinidad CANA – A major legal battle in a New York court over the rights to "Who Let The Dogs Out" was settled. The 1998 calypso which has been transformed into a major international hit by the Bahamian group Baha Men, according to local Press reports. Trinidadian soca artiste Anslem Douglas, who was originally credited as the composer of the calypso, found himself at the centre of a battle over rights to the song. Involved was St. Vincent-born musician Ossie Gurley in whose Toronto recording studio the original calypso was created, and two recording labels – Deston Records and Wingspan Records. Deston Records is the company which gave the song to the Baha Men to record on the S-Curve label, while Wingspan is the record label of rapper Chuck Smooth and Scott Brooks whose release was a Top 10 Billboard Rap Single.
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