Wild Thing (Tone Lōc song)
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|Single by Tone Lōc|
|from the album Lōc-ed After Dark|
|Producer||Matt Dike, Michael Ross|
|Tone Lōc singles chronology|
"Wild Thing" is a single by rapper Tone Lōc from his 1988 album Lōc-ed After Dark. The title is a reference to the phrase "doin' the wild thing," a euphemism for sex, unlike The Troggs' hit song, "Wild Thing", (later covered by Jimi Hendrix) in which the "wild thing" was a girl.
Tone Lōc's song peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 in February 1989, and spawned at least one parody (by "Weird Al" Yankovic, called "Isle Thing", about Gilligan's Island and was Yankovic's first rap parody). It eventually sold over two million copies. It also peaked at number 21 on the UK Singles Chart.
The song uses an uncredited sample of Van Halen's "Jamie's Cryin'". Van Halen's management at the time asked for a flat fee (credited in some reports to be US$5,000) as payment to have the song sampled by Tone Lōc. Apparently, this decision was taken without consulting the band's original members (credited as co-authors of the song), who in turn did not expect "Wild Thing" to become the major hit it became. A subsequent civil lawsuit was settled out of court, with the band receiving US$180,000 as settlement payment. Alex Van Halen has gone on record saying that he had heard the song over the radio halfway and not realizing it had been sampled until he recognized his (by now famous) tom-tom break at least a few times. Concerning the settlement, he said: "Well, at least we got something. Tone Lōc and his people made millions out of it..."
A music video directed by Tamra Davis was made for the song at a reported cost of only $500, copying the style of Robert Palmer's "Addicted to Love" with mini-skirted women playing guitars next to Tone Lōc, which went into heavy rotation on MTV. The leading lady in the video is played by actress Tracy Camilla Johns.
In the media
- Played in the 1989 movie Uncle Buck
- Played on the 1989 television series Doogie Howser, M.D. (pilot episode).
- One of the Terminator's taglines in the 1991 movie Terminator 2 is the final line of this song - "Hasta la vista, baby".
- Played in the 2000 movie Bedazzled
- Played in the 2001 movie The Animal
- Played in the 2002 movie Dark Blue
- Played in the 2003 movie Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle
- Played in the trailer for the 2002 movie Undercover Brother and the 2004 movie Garfield: The Movie
- Played in the 2004 movie Taxi
- Played in the 2006 documentary Rising Son – The Legend of Skateboarder Christian Hosoi
- Parodied in the 2006 movie Totally Awesome (as "Crazy Stuff")
- Played in the 2011 movie Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son
- Played in the trailer for the 2011 movie The Smurfs
- Played as an instrumental that the cheese wheel sings over in the Cheez-It Zingz commercial
|"Wild Thing (Peaches Remix)"|
|Single by Peaches|
|Peaches singles chronology|
"Wild Thing (Peaches Remix)" is a version of Tone Lōc's "Wild Thing". The song features vocals by Tone Lōc and Peaches herself. This remix was made to celebrate Delicious Vinyl's 20th anniversary. It peaked at #4 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Singles Sales.
The music video for "Wild Thing Remix" shows Peaches and Tone Lōc performing live at Avalon during the celebration of the 20th anniversary of Delicious Vinyl.
|New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart||1|
|Swiss Singles Chart||23|
|UK Singles Chart||21|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||2|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Black Singles||3|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play||1|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Rap Singles||2|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Singles Sales||4|
"Good Life" by Inner City
|Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
(Tone Lōc version)
February 4, 1989
"All She Wants Is" by Duran Duran
- "The Hot 100 : Feb 18, 1989 | Billboard Chart Archive". Billboard.com. 1989-02-18. Retrieved 2013-08-02.
- "allmusic ((( Tone-Loc > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles )))". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2010-08-09.