I Wanna Be Your Dog

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"I Wanna Be Your Dog"
Cover of the 1969 Italian single
Single by The Stooges
from the album The Stooges
B-side 1969[1]
Released June 1969
Format 7"
Recorded April 1–10, 1969
Length 3:09
Producer(s) John Cale

"I Wanna Be Your Dog" is a 1969 song by the American rock band The Stooges. The song is included 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 of The Velvet Underground, and steady, driving beat, established The Stooges at the cutting edge example of the heavy metal and punk sound.[4] The song notably uses sleigh bells throughout.[5]

In 2004, the song was ranked number 438 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.[6] Pitchfork Media placed it at number 16 on its list of "The 200 Greatest Songs of the 1960s".[7]

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.




  1. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Stooges-I-Wanna-Be-Your-Dog/release/4520567
  2. ^ Martin Charles Strong; Brendon Griffin (2008). Lights, camera, sound tracks. Canongate. p. 269. ISBN 978-1-84767-003-8. Retrieved 6 October 2015. 
  3. ^ Britannica Educational Publishing (1 December 2012). Disco, Punk, New Wave, Heavy Metal, and More: Music in the 1970s and 1980s. Britannica Educational Publishing. p. 171. ISBN 978-1-61530-912-2. Retrieved 6 October 2015. 
  4. ^ Trynka, Paul (2007). Iggy Pop: open up and bleed. New York: Broadway Books. p. 95. ISBN 0-7679-2319-7. 
  5. ^ Basedow, Neph. "Sleigh Bells: Not Just For Christmas Anymore". The Houston Press. Retrieved 11 March 2015. 
  6. ^ http://www.rollingstone.com/news/coverstory/500songs/page/5
  7. ^ http://pitchfork.com/features/staff-lists/6405-the-200-greatest-songs-of-the-1960s/1/
  8. ^ http://www.amazon.com/I-Wanna-Be-Your-Dog/dp/B002WQ316K
  9. ^ Psychonaut 4 (metal-archives.com)

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