Wolf Like Me

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"Wolf Like Me"
Single by TV on the Radio
from the album Return to Cookie Mountain
Released July 25, 2006 (UK)
Format CD, 7"
Genre Post-punk revival, art rock
Length 4:39
Label 4AD
Songwriter(s) Tunde Adebimpe, David Sitek, Kyp Malone, Jaleel Bunton, Gerard Smith
Producer(s) Dave Sitek
TV on the Radio singles chronology
"New Health Rock"
"Wolf Like Me"
"New Health Rock"
"Wolf Like Me"

"Wolf Like Me" is the first single from American art rock band TV on the Radio's album Return to Cookie Mountain, released in the United Kingdom on July 25, 2006 on 4AD. The single's B-side was the song "Things You Can Do", which was also available as a bonus track on the U.S. release of Return to Cookie Mountain. It was released in two formats, CD single and 7" vinyl.

The song is the band's most successful single in the United States, where it peaked at #37 on the Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart in 2006.[1] And was their second top 100 hit in the UK where it peaked at #89.[2]

In January 2010 it was used in a TV commercial (Destiny - Force Fate) by Nike to promote the 2010 Winter Olympics.


On "Wolf Like Me":

  • Vocals - Tunde Adebimpe, Kyp Malone, Katrina Ford
  • Drums - Jaleel Bunton
  • Bass, guitar - Kyp Malone
  • Guitar, samples, synth - Dave Sitek
  • Guitar - Jaleel Bunton
  • Baritone saxophone - Martin Perna

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Wolf Like Me" starring spoken word poet Beau Sia was directed by Jon Watts and mixes two cinematic styles: black-and-white silent film and 1980s B-movie. America's Next Top Model cycle 4 winner Naima Mora was also featured in the video.

Other appearances[edit]

"Wolf Like Me" features on the soundtrack for The Invisible and also in the 2008 film Never Back Down. It can also be heard during the closing minutes of episode 2 of season 4 of the American drama Rescue Me, in a season 4 episode of One Tree Hill, and near the start of the season 3 premiere of CBS show Criminal Minds. This song can also be found on the snowboarding video Optimistic? by Absinthe Films as well as the ski movie "Seven Sunny Days" by Matchstick Productions for Mark Abma's segment. Lastly, the very beginning of Wolf Like Me can be heard at the beginning of the American commercial for the film Street Kings. It appears as a B-side on the limited edition 7" single for "24 Hour Break-Up Session," which was given away with the release of 2008's Twelve Angry Months. It has featured in the drama series Numb3rs as a backing track for a mixed martial arts episode similar to it being featured in Never Back Down. It is also in the soundtrack of several video games, like Project Gotham Racing 4, Need for Speed: ProStreet, Guitar Hero 5, Driver: San Francisco, The Crew and as a downloadable track for the Rock Band series. The song was also the theme used for the Nike "Force Fate" campaign in Canada during the run-up to the 2010 Winter Olympics.

It was voted in at number 63 in the Triple J Hottest 100, 2006, and at number 99 in the Triple J Hottest 100 of All Time, 2009

In October 2011, NME placed "Wolf Like Me" at number 46 on its list "150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years".

The song was used in season 2 of Bones, Episode 30, "The Woman In The Sand"[3]

It also appeared in CSI: Miami in the season 5 episode "Darkroom".

"Wolf Like Me" was included in the soundtrack of Poor Specimen's movie entitled "Trilogy", which featured surfers Taj Burrow, Joel Parkinson, and Andy Irons.

Appeared in the end credits of the movie Detention.

Appeared in the soundtrack for the 2013 film Kill Your Darlings.

"Wolf Like Me" is a minor plot element and the name of the final issue of The Singles Club, the second volume of Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie's comic book Phonogram.

Also appeared on season 2, episode 8 of The Vampire Diaries.



  1. ^ "TV on the Radio > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-03-15. 
  2. ^ Tobias Zywietz. "The Official Zobbel Homepage". Zobbel.de. Retrieved 2012-03-15. 
  3. ^ "FOX Broadcasting Company - Bones TV Show - Bones TV Series - Bones Episode Guide". Boneswiki.fox.com. Retrieved 2012-03-15. 

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