I Wanna Be Your Dog
|"I Wanna Be Your Dog"|
|Single by the Stooges|
|from the album The Stooges|
|Recorded||April 1–10, 1969|
|Studio||The Hit Factory, New York City|
|The Stooges singles chronology|
"I Wanna Be Your Dog" is the debut single by the American rock band the Stooges. The song is included on their 1969 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 of the heavy metal and punk sound.
In 2004, the song was ranked number 438 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Pitchfork Media placed it at number 16 on its list of "The 200 Greatest Songs of the 1960s".
- Iggy Pop: Vocals
- Ron Asheton: Guitar
- Dave Alexander: Bass Guitar
- Scott Asheton: Drums
- John Cale: Piano, Sleigh Bells
Appearances in media
- The song is part of the soundtrack of numerous films, such as Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998), Friday Night Lights (2004), How I Met Your Mother (S2E16 "Stuff", 2007), Transporter 3 (2008), The Runaways (2010), CBGB (2013), Cruella (2021), Reservation Dogs (2021), etc.
- Sid Vicious performed a version of the song on his debut album Sid Sings. Actor Gary Oldman performed the song as Sid in the film Sid & Nancy.
- Matt Mays recorded a cover of the song on his 2020 album Dog City.
- Sonic Youth covered this song live in 1989.
- Slayer covered this song on Undisputed Attitude with changed lyrics, renaming it "I Gonna Be Your God".
- Actor John McCrea sang a cover version heard in the 2021 film Cruella. McCrea also appeared in the film. Damiano David performed a cover of the song for the Italian dub of the film.
- Émilie Simon covered the song in 2003 on her debut album, Émilie Simon (album).
- Joan Jett and the Blackhearts covered this song in 1988 on their album Up Your Alley.
- Stiernberg, Bonnie. "The 50 Best Garage Rock Songs of All Time". Paste. Retrieved 15 May 2016.
- Martin Charles Strong; Brendon Griffin (2008). Lights, camera, sound tracks. Canongate. p. 269. ISBN 978-1-84767-003-8. Retrieved 6 October 2015.
- 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.
- Trynka, Paul (2007). Iggy Pop: open up and bleed. New York: Broadway Books. pp. 95. ISBN 978-0-7679-2319-4.
- "Archived copy". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2006-12-17. Retrieved 2017-08-31.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- Oliver Crook, "Matt Mays' 'Dog City' Turns a Corny Concept into a Heartwarming Experiment". Exclaim!, May 22, 2020.
- https://faroutmagazine.co.uk/sonic-youth-stooges-i-wanna-be-your-dog-tv-debut/ Far Out Magazine October 3, 2021
- Jirak, Jamie (May 28, 2021). "Cruella's John McCrea Recorded a Song for the Film". Comicbook.com. Retrieved June 4, 2021.
- "Maneskin doppiatori per Crudelia: "Siamo come Lei"". Sky TG24 (in Italian). 25 May 2021. Retrieved 21 October 2021.