I Wanna Be Your Dog

The Stooges

About 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. The song notably uses sleigh bells throughout. In 2004, the song was ranked number 438 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Pitchfork Media placed it at number 16 on its list of "The 200 Greatest Songs of the 1960s". 


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So messed up, I want you here
In my room, I want you here
Now we're gonna be face-to-face
And I'll lay right down in my favorite place

And now I want to be your dog
Now I want to be your dog
Now I want to be your dog
Well, come on

Now I'm ready to close my eyes
And now I'm ready to close my mind
And now I'm ready to feel your hand
And lose my heart on the burning sands

And now I want to be your dog
And now I wanna be your dog
Now I want to be your dog
Well, come on

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The Stooges

The Stooges (also known as Iggy and The Stooges) are an American rock band from Ann Arbor, Michigan first active from 1967 to 1974, and later reformed in 2003. Although they sold few records in their original incarnation and often performed for indifferent or hostile audiences, the Stooges are widely regarded as instrumental in the rise of punk rock, as well as influential to alternative rock, heavy metal and rock music at large. The Stooges were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010. more »

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Written by: Dave Alexander, Iggy Pop, Ron Asheton, Scott Asheton

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10 facts about this song

Band Formation
"I Wanna Be Your Dog" is performed by American rock band, The Stooges. The band formed in 1967 and included Ron Asheton on guitar, his brother Scott Asheton on drums, Dave Alexander on the bass, and Iggy Pop as the lead singer.
Song Release
This song was released in 1969 as part of The Stooges' self-titled debut album.
Song Ranking
Music publication "Rolling Stone" ranked "I Wanna Be Your Dog" at number 438 on their list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time".
Geographical Influence
"I Wanna Be Your Dog" and the band's other early works were hugely influenced by their hometown, Detroit, and its harsh industrial landscape.
Pop Influence
Pop singer David Bowie was a big fan of The Stooges and especially "I Wanna Be Your Dog". He went on to cover the song in his performances and co-produced Iggy Pop's first solo album, "The Idiot".
Song Writing
Though it became one of their biggest hits, "I Wanna Be Your Dog" was reportedly written by The Stooges in a single afternoon.
Musical Structure
Known for its iconic three-chord riff, "I Wanna Be Your Dog" maintains a minimalistic approach to songwriting with its harsh, gritty melody and provocative lyrics.
Song Relevance
The song is still relevant today, often being covered by modern artists and featured in movies and commercials for its raw, gritty sound.
Contribution to Punk
"I Wanna Be Your Dog" played a considerable role in the progression of punk rock music, with The Stooges often being hailed as pioneers of the genre.
Cover Versions
Many bands and artists have covered "I Wanna Be Your Dog", including Sonic Youth, Joan Jett, and Nirvana, showing its influence and relevance across generations.

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