I Wanna Be Your Dog

"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]

"I Wanna Be Your Dog"
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Cover of the 1969 Italian single
Single by The Stooges
from the album The Stooges
ReleasedJuly 1969 (1969-07)
Format7-inch single
Producer(s)John Cale
The Stooges singles chronology
"I Wanna Be Your Dog"
"Down on the Street"

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]

In popular cultureEdit

The song is featured in the films Sid and Nancy, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Transporter 3, The Runaways, Faster, 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 the teen drama Skins (Episode 2.9: "Cassie"), an episode of the sitcom How I Met Your Mother (Episode 2.16: "Stuff"), an episode of the Fox crime drama Gotham (Episode 4.5: "The Blade's Path"), as well as the documentary film Dogtown and Z-Boys. The song was featured in Christian Dior's Spring Summer 2004 fashion show in Paris, France.

It was also used in the video games Vietcong and Grand Theft Auto IV, the latter of which features Iggy Pop as a radio disc jockey. The song was released as part of "The Stooges 01" pack DLC from the Rock Band series.


Cover versionsEdit


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  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. pp. 95. ISBN 0-7679-2319-7.
  5. ^ Basedow, Neph. "Sleigh Bells: Not Just For Christmas Anymore". The Houston Press. Retrieved 11 March 2015.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2006-12-17. Retrieved 2017-08-31.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ http://pitchfork.com/features/staff-lists/6405-the-200-greatest-songs-of-the-1960s/1/
  8. ^ https://www.amazon.com/I-Wanna-Be-Your-Dog/dp/B002WQ316K
  9. ^ "Dakar & Grinser – Are You Really Satisfied Now". Discogs. Retrieved 15 October 2019.
  10. ^ "Frankenstein Drag Queens From Planet 13 / Nothing But Puke – Love At First Fright / Depraved". Discogs. Retrieved 15 October 2019.
  11. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOgV6nHmTls

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