Here at OurStage HQ, the summer has hit us hard. It’s too hot to move, but also too hot to sit still. What could be a better soundtrack for the stifling heat, humidity and restless energy of the dog days of summer than that classic Stooges track “I Wanna Be Your Dog”? A timeless testament to anger and alienation, “I Wanna Be Your Dog” still resonates with fans and musicians even 40 years after its release. I’ve rounded up some of my favorite versions below:
Sonic Youth – 1983′s Confusion Is Sex saw the band combining their noise-tastic original “Freezer Burn” with “I Wanna Be Your Dog.” There is only one word to describe Sonic Youth’s take: Vicious.The distortion and fuzz of “Freezer Burn” leads into the familiar riff and all hell breaks loose. Kim Gordon’s vocals are simultaneously intense, raw, sexy and terrifying. Sonic Youth definitely hold their own against The Stooges, which is no small feat. For the noise averse, I’ve included a “Freezer Burn” – less version in the video below:
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts – From Tommy James and The Shondelles to Gary Glitter, Jett & company really know how to make a cover song their own. While it’s more polished than the original or the Sonic Youth version, Jett’s trademark vocals provide the necessary grit. Fun fact: The Stooges’ version of “I Wanna Be Your Dog” is the soundtrack to the infamous Kristen Stewart as Joan Jett / Dakota Fanning as Cherie Curry kissing scene in the 2010 movie The Runaways.
Ida Maria – This Norwegian indie import is no stranger to The Stooges — Iggy Pop himself duet-ed with the singer on a re-release of “Oh My God,” from her 2008 album Fortress Round My Heart — so it’s no surprise that Maria chose to cover “I Wanna Be Your Dog” as part of her 2009 Lollapalooza set. Fierce footage of Ida Maria stalking the stage below:
– This alternative country supergroup featured future members of both Son Volt
. While it didn’t see a proper release until the band’s post-breakup 2002 release 89/93: An Anthology
, this twangy take on the proto-punk classic is not to be missed.
Which cover is your favorite, or is the original far superior? Let us know in the comments!