I Wanna Be Your Dog

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"I Wanna Be Your Dog"
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Cover of the 1969 Italian single
Single by The Stooges
from the album The Stooges
B-side "1969"
ReleasedJuly 1969 (1969-07)
Format 7-inch single
Label Elektra
Producer(s) John Cale
The Stooges singles chronology
"I Wanna Be Your Dog"
"Down on the Street"

"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]

The Stooges American punk rock band

The Stooges, also known as Iggy and the Stooges, were an American rock band formed in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1967 by singer Iggy Pop, guitarist Ron Asheton, drummer Scott Asheton, and bassist Dave Alexander. Playing a raw, primitive style of rock and roll, the band sold few records in their original incarnation and gained a reputation for their confrontational performances, which often involved acts of self-mutilation by Iggy Pop.

<i>The Stooges</i> (album) 1969 studio album by The Stooges

The Stooges is the debut studio album by American rock band The Stooges. It was released on August 5, 1969, by Elektra Records. Two songs, "I Wanna Be Your Dog" and "1969", were released as singles and the album peaked at number 106 on the Billboard album chart. "1969" was featured on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Songs at #35. It is considered a landmark proto-punk album.

John Cale Welsh composer, singer-songwriter and record producer

John Davies Cale, OBE is a Welsh musician, composer, singer, songwriter and record producer who was a founding member of the American rock band the Velvet Underground. Over his five-decade career, Cale has worked in various styles across rock, drone, classical, avant-garde and electronic music.


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]

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.

<i>Sid and Nancy</i> 1986 film

Sid and Nancy is a 1986 British biopic directed by Alex Cox and co-written with Abbe Wool. The film portrays the life of Sid Vicious, bassist of the seminal punk rock band the Sex Pistols, and his relationship with girlfriend Nancy Spungen. The film also features supporting performances from David Hayman, Xander Berkeley, and Courtney Love.

<i>Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels</i> 1998 film by Guy Ritchie

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels is a 1998 British crime comedy film written and directed by Guy Ritchie, produced by Matthew Vaughn and starring an ensemble cast featuring Jason Flemyng, Dexter Fletcher, Nick Moran, Jason Statham, Steven Mackintosh, Vinnie Jones, and Sting.

<i>Transporter 3</i> 2008 film by Olivier Megaton

Transporter 3 is a 2008 English-language French action film. It is the third and final installment in the original trilogy of the Transporter franchise. Both Jason Statham and François Berléand reprise their roles, as Frank Martin and Inspector Tarconi, respectively. The first film in the series to be directed by Olivier Megaton, it continues the story of Frank Martin, a professional "transporter" who has returned to France to continue his low-key business of delivering packages without question.

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.

<i>Vietcong</i> (video game) video game

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<i>Grand Theft Auto IV</i> 2008 open world action-adventure video game

Grand Theft Auto IV is an action-adventure video game developed by Rockstar North and published by Rockstar Games. It was released for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles on 29 April 2008, and for Microsoft Windows on 2 December 2008. It is the eleventh title in the Grand Theft Auto series, and the first main entry since 2004's Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Set within the fictional Liberty City, the single-player story follows a war veteran, Niko Bellic, and his attempts to escape his past while under pressure from loan sharks and mob bosses. The open world design lets players freely roam Liberty City, consisting of three main islands.

Disc jockey Person who plays recorded music for an audience

A disc jockey, more commonly abbreviated as DJ, is a person who plays existing recorded music for a live audience. Most common types of DJs include radio DJ, club DJ who performs at a nightclub or music festival and turntablist who uses record players, usually turntables, to manipulate sounds on phonograph records. Originally, the disc in disc jockey referred to gramophone records, but now DJ is used as an all-encompassing term to describe someone who mixes recorded music from any source, including cassettes, CDs or digital audio files on a CDJ or laptop. The title 'DJ' is commonly used by DJs in front of their real names or adopted pseudonyms or stage names. In recent years it has become common for DJs to be featured as the credited artist on tracks they produced despite having a guest vocalist that performs the entire song: like for example Uptown Funk.


Iggy Pop American rock singer-songwriter, musician, and actor

James Newell Osterberg Jr., better known as Iggy Pop, is an American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, and actor. Designated the "Godfather of Punk", he was the vocalist of influential proto-punk band the Stooges, who were formed in 1967 and have disbanded and reunited multiple times since.

Ron Asheton American musician

Ronald Franklin Asheton was an American guitarist, bassist and co-songwriter with Iggy Pop for the rock band the Stooges. He formed the Stooges along with Pop and his brother, drummer Scott Asheton, and bassist Dave Alexander. Asheton, once ranked as number 29 on Rolling Stone's list of 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time is currently ranked at number 60.

Dave Alexander (musician) American musician

David Michael Alexander was an American musician, best known as the original bassist for influential protopunk band The Stooges.


<i>Little Box of Horrors</i> 2006 box set by Frankenstein Drag Queens from Planet 13

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Billy Idol English musician, singer and songwriter

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Miss Kittin French electronic musician

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