Hair of the Dog (song)

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"Hair of the Dog"
Single by Nazareth
from the album Hair of the Dog
Released14 March 1975 (1975-03-14)
GenreHard rock[1]
LabelA&M (US)
Vertigo (Europe)
Songwriter(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" on YouTube

"Hair of the Dog" is a song by Scottish rock band Nazareth, released on their 1975 studio album, Hair of the Dog.[2] The song, alongside "Love Hurts", remains their most successful and popular.



Cover versions[edit]

"Hair of the Dog"
Promotional single by Guns N' Roses
from the album "The Spaghetti Incident?"
Released1994 (1994)
GenreHard rock
Songwriter(s)Dan McCafferty, Pete Agnew, Manny Charlton, Darrell Sweet
Producer(s)Guns N' Roses and Mike Clink

The song has been covered many times by various artists.

Guns N' Roses version[edit]

American hard rock band Guns N' Roses covered the song on their 1993 album, "The Spaghetti Incident?". This version features the signature guitar riff from the Beatles' "Day Tripper" as a gag at the end.


Britny Fox version[edit]

American glam metal band Britny Fox covered the song on their 1989 studio album, Boys in Heat.[4][5]


Other versions[edit]

It has also been covered by Paul Di'Anno, The Michael Schenker Group and Warrant. Stone Rider covered the song for their 2008 studio album, Three Legs of Trouble.


Original Version[edit]

Chart (1975) Peak
Germany (Official German Charts)[6] 44

Guns N' Roses version[edit]

Chart (1994) Peak
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[7] 11


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  2. ^ Strong, Martin Charles; John Peel (2004). The great rock discography. Canongate. p. 1064. ISBN 978-1-84195-615-2.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ Kandell, Steve (April 2010). "Nazareth Messed With by Son of a Bitch". Spin: 96. ISSN 0886-3032.
  5. ^ 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]
  6. ^ "Nazareth – Hair of the Dog" (in German). GfK Entertainment charts. Retrieved 16 February 2021.
  7. ^ "Guns N Roses Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved March 26, 2017.