Label: Fontana - MGF-27556 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album, Stereo Rechanneled • Country: US • Genre: Rock • Style: Garage Rock
It was originally recorded and released by the American rock band the Wild Ones in but it did not chart. The first studio version was recorded by the Wild Ones, a band based in New York and set up by socialite Sybil Christopher. They had contacted composer Chip Taylor to ask him to write a song for them to release as a single.
Taylor composed it very quickly: within a couple of minutes, he had the chorus and a "sexual-kind-of-feeling song" emerged. The result sounded "cool". However, on its release in Novemberthe record failed to sell, and Alden later said that he regretted not performing the song in the same way as Taylor's demo. This sound was subsequently imitated by the Troggs in their version using an ocarina. Owing to a distribution dispute, the Troggs' single was available on two competing labels: Atco Records and Fontana Records.
One further difference between the two singles is that there is a noticeable "click" on the Atco single after Presley says "You move me" and just before the music starts again; this click is edited out of the Fontana version. The song entered the Billboard Hot pop singles chart on issue date June 25, Two weeks later July 9it leaped Lost Girl - The Troggs - Wild Thing number 47 to number six. The song then rose to number two where it remained for the next two Lost Girl - The Troggs - Wild Thing July 16 and July 23 Hail Hail - Pearl Jam - Charlotte, North Carolina - August 4, 2000, while " Hanky Panky " by Tommy James and the Shondells occupied Lost Girl - The Troggs - Wild Thing top spot.
On issue date July 30,"Wild Thing" hit Lost Girl - The Troggs - Wild Thing one where it remained for two weeks. The song ultimately logged eleven weeks on the chart, with eight of those weeks in the Top The Troggs recorded a new version of the song inwhich peaked at number 87 in the UK Singles Chart.
The Jimi Hendrix Experience gave a dramatic performance of the song, at the Monterey Pop Festival in  in the documentary Monterey PopJimi Hendrix lit his guitar on fire at the song's conclusion. That same year, the novelty team of Senator Bobby released a version of "Wild Thing". Sung by comedian Bill Minkin in the Microsphere - Liquom - AT/ Spheres EP (File) style of Democratic Senator Bobby Kennedy while a recording engineer is heard giving instructions, the stammering single charted at number 20 in the United States.
The flip side featured "Senator Everett McKinley" an impression of Republican Senator Everett McKinley Dirksen doing the same song; the initial voiceover by the recording engineer encourages Senator Bobby to respond to his "hit single" the Senator Everett McKinley version also had some radio airplay at the time.
The Runaways included a live rendition of the song on their live in Japan album with their drummer Sandy West on vocals. The Los Angeles-based punk band X released their cover of the song in Home - Various - Sampler Vol.28 Comedian Sam Kinison recorded a novelty version in which reached number 18 on the Billboard Album Rock Tracks chart. The video also featured a raunchy "roll on the mat" dance with Jessica Hahn.
Kinison's version changed the song to a blistering condemnation of the title subject, with lines such as "Why didn't you tell me you were a demon from Hell" and "The only thing that gets you off is to see me in pain. It peaked at number 39 on the Australian Singles Chart.
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