I want to be your dog

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I want to be your dog
The Stooges
publication June 1969
length 3:09
Genre (s) Protopunk , hard rock , Detroit rock
music Dave Alexander , Ron Asheton , Scott Asheton , Iggy Pop
Producer (s) John Cale
Publisher (s) Elektra
album The Stooges

" I Wanna Be Your Dog " is a song by the US rock band The Stooges from 1969. It appeared on their self-named debut album The Stooges . Characteristic is a catchy guitar riff , consisting of only three chords (G, F♯ and E), which is repeated throughout the song, except for two short transitions of 4 bars each.

The Stooges were in this song with a noisy and distorted guitar intro , a repetitive, consisting of a sound Pianoriff (played by producer John Cale ) and the straight and driving beat as a pioneer of the punk rock establish sounds.


The lyrics were described as evoking feelings of hidden lust and self-contempt . This is interpreted as an allusion to a society of alienation and work-filled monotony, industrial Michigan of the 1960s. This break with the working class was later widely echoed in the works of the Sex Pistols and Public Image Limited .

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Cover versions


Individual evidence

  1. Trynka, Paul: Iggy Pop: open up and bleed . Broadway Books, New York 2007, ISBN 0-7679-2319-7 , p. 95.
  2. Friskics-Warren, Bill: I'll Take You There: Pop Music And the Urge for Transcendence . Continuum, London 2006, ISBN 0-8264-1921-6 , pp. 118, 119.
  3. The Vicious White Kids: Live in Concert at Allmusic.com
  4. http://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/the-500-greatest-songs-of-all-time-20110407/the-stooges-i-wanna-be-your-dog-20110526
  5. http://pitchfork.com/features/staff-lists/6405-the-200-greatest-songs-of-the-1960s/1/