Wild Thing (Tone Lōc song)

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"Wild Thing"
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Single by Tone Lōc
from the album Lōc-ed After Dark
ReleasedJanuary 1989
GenreRap rock[1]
LabelDelicious Vinyl, 4th & B-Way
Songwriter(s)Anthony Terrell Smith, Matt Dike, Marvin Young
Producer(s)Matt Dike, Michael Ross
Tone Lōc singles chronology
"Wild Thing"
"Funky Cold Medina"
Music video
"Wild Thing" on YouTube

"Wild Thing" is a single by American rapper Tone Lōc from his 1989 album Lōc-ed After Dark. The title is a reference to the phrase "doin' the wild thing," a euphemism for sex. According to producer Mario Caldato, Jr., who engineered and mixed the song, producer Matt Dike was inspired by an utterance of "wild thing" in Spike Lee's She's Gotta Have It, and asked Young MC to write the lyrics.[2]

Tone Lōc's song peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 in February 1989, only behind "Straight Up" by Paula Abdul,[3] and it spawned at least two parodies (the Gilligan's Island-themed "Isle Thing" by "Weird Al" Yankovic, which was Yankovic's first rap parody, and "Child King" by Christian band ApologetiX). It eventually sold over two million copies. It also peaked at number 21 on the UK Singles Chart. In 2008, "Wild Thing" was ranked number 39 on Vh1's 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop.

Sampling controversy[edit]

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 didn't realize 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..."[This quote needs a citation]

Music video[edit]

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.

Peaches remix[edit]

"Wild Thing (Peaches Remix)"
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Single by Tone Lōc featuring Peaches
FormatCD single
GenreTechno, electroclash
Songwriter(s)Anthony Terrell Smith, Matt Dike, Marvin Young
Peaches singles chronology
"Boys Wanna Be Her"
"Wild Thing (Peaches Remix)"
"Talk to Me"
Music video
"Wild Thing (Peaches remix)" on YouTube

"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.[4]

Music video[edit]

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.

Uses in popular culture[edit]

"Wild Thing" was used in the 1989 film Uncle Buck starring John Candy. In the 2000 film Bedazzled, the song is used when Brendan Fraser's character, Elliot, first meets the Devil, played by Liz Hurley. In Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003), the song is used to soundtrack the scene in which Cameron Diaz's character, Natalie, rides a mechanical bull. The song is also heard, in much-edited form, in the 2016 film The Angry Birds Movie.

Was used in the first episode of Doogie Howser, M.D.

In 2012, Bob Sinclar and Snoop Dogg made an electro house cover.[5]


Weekly charts[edit]

Charts (1988-1989) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[6] 15
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[7] 18
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[8] 7
Germany (Official German Charts)[9] 18
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[10] 4
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[11] 1
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[12] 23
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[13] 21
US Billboard Hot 100[4] 2
US Billboard Hot Black Singles[4] 3
US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play[4] 1
US Billboard Hot Rap Singles[4] 2
US Hot Crossover 30 (Billboard)[14] 1
Chart (2008) Peak
US Billboard Hot Dance Singles Sales[4] 4

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1989) Position
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[15] 96


  1. ^ Charnas, Dan (1 November 2011). "The Big Payback: The History of the Business of Hip-Hop". Penguin – via Google Books.
  2. ^ "Red Bull Music Academy". www.redbullmusicacademy.com.
  3. ^ "The Hot 100 : Feb 18, 1989 | Billboard Chart Archive". Billboard.com. 1989-02-18. Retrieved 2013-08-02.
  4. ^ a b c d e f "allmusic ((( Tone-Loc > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles )))". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2010-08-09.
  5. ^ "Bob Sinclar - Disco Crash (Album) / 2KMUSIC.COM". 2kmusic.com. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
  6. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Tone Loc – Wild Thing". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  7. ^ "Ultratop.be – Tone Loc – Wild Thing" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  8. ^ Canada Top Singles peak RPM Magazine
  9. ^ "Musicline.de – Tone Loc Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  10. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Tone Loc – Wild Thing" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  11. ^ "Charts.nz – Tone Loc – Wild Thing". Top 40 Singles.
  12. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Tone Loc – Wild Thing". Swiss Singles Chart.
  13. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 13 February 2016.
  14. ^ "Hot Crossover 30: February 18, 1989" (PDF). Billboard. Retrieved December 6, 2017.
  15. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 51, No. 8, December 23, 1989". RPM. December 23, 1999. Retrieved November 22, 2017.

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