Baseball Related Songs: “Wild Thing” by the Troggs

In today’s episode of Baseball Related Songs, we pay attention to the song “Wild Thing” performed by the Troggs. The song originally dates from 1965 as it was performed by the Wild Ones but it wasn’t a hit. Only when the song was released by the Troggs, it became an instant hit.

Wild Thing (The Troggs song).pngThe song was written by American songwriter Chip Taylor, whose real name is James Wesley Voight. Voight was approached by the Wild Ones to write a song for them but the song never took off with them.

The Troggs’ single reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and number two on the UK Singles Chart in 1966. Their version of “Wild Thing” was ranked at number 257 on the Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. It has also been performed by many other musicians.

As the Troggs had a distribution dispute, two record labels released the song. Both pressings were taken from the original master recording, so Billboard combined both sales and the song reached no. 1 in the Billboard Hot 100 on July 30.  The song entered the chart on  June 25, 1966. Two weeks later (July 9), it leaped from number 47 to number six. The song then rose to number two where it stayed for the next two weeks (July 16 and July 23). for two weeks. Eventually, the song stayed in the Billboard Hot 100 Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, and Corbin Bernsen in Major League (1989)for eight weeks.

Originally, the Troggs were named the Troglodytes. The garage rock band from Andover, Hampshire, was formed in 1964. Next to “Wild Thing” the Troggs had another hit in the UK with “With a Girl Like You.”

Originally the song did not have any relation to baseball. That link only came when the movie Major League was released. The song was used as a walk-up song for Rick Vaughn, played by Charlie Sheen, as he entered the field from the bullpen. The most hilarious part is when Indians owner Rachel Phelps annoyed says “I hate this *beep*ing song.

The lyrics of “Wild Thing” are as follows:

Wild thing you make my heart sing
You make everything groovy, wild thing
Wild thing, I think I love you
But I wanna know for sure

Come on, hold me tight, I love you

[Song restarts]

Wild thing you make my heart sing
You make everything groovy, wild thing

[Instrumental break]

Wild thing you make my heart sing
You make everything groovy, wild thing
Wild thing, I think you move me
But I wanna know for sure

So come on and hold me tight, you move me

Wild thing, you make my heart sing
You make everything groovy, wild thing
Oh come on, come on wild thing
Check it, check it wild thing

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