In the pantheon of garage rock classics, the Troggs‘ “Wild Thing” (written by Chip Taylor) certainly ranks high. With its simple, driving guitar, blunt lyrics (“Wild Thing/You make my heart sing/You make everything groovy/Wild Thing“) and slightly sinister edge, it’s one of the ’60s most recognizable numbers.
Reg Presley – the voice behind that 1966 tune – along with other Troggs hits “Love Is All Around” and “With A Girl Like You,” is dead at age 71 from lung cancer.
And while Jimi Hendrix famously covered “Wild Thing” and R.E.M. put out a take of “Love Is All Around” (as well as actor Bill Nighy, whose tortuous rendition is a plot point of the film Love, Actually), I always preferred the original versions.
Here is an interesting piece about the story behind “Wild Thing.”