How to play “Wild Thing” … as The Troggs pass fifty!

The Troggs are often overlooked as the last fifty years have flown by as a band that had a massive impact on popular music. Here we pay homage to the simple genius of the band with their easy to play but forever popular song Wild Thing. Have fun with it guys!


The Troggs still have “Wild Thing” at heart.

It’s been a long time since the Troggs smashed through to the consciousness of the western world’s youth with Wild Thing. It’s now over fifty years ago which is hard to believe as the song is as popular today as it was when first released. Learn how to play the song and learn more about the Troggs all these years on in the following post.

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Here is an extract from Australian newspaper The Courier discussing the band and those fifty years since world wide acclaim.

Not a vitamin C in sight: The Troggs are still going strong, celebrating the 50th anniversary of Wild Thing this year during their trip to Australia. When Jimi Hendrix sets his guitar on fire because of your song – in one of the most legendary rock moments ever – it’s fair to say you’ve officially made it.

Chip Taylor’s Wild Thing, the worldwide hit of 1966, is thought of as one of the greatest rock songs of all time, defining an era when creativity, freedom of expression and bohemian lifestyles flourished. Jimi Hendrix famously covered the song in 1967 at the Monterey Pop Festival, before he famously dropped a match on his guitar, coaxing the flames like a snake charmer. Brit legends The Troggs might made the song huge a whole 50 years ago, but they’re still going strong, and they’re on their way to Ballarat.

“It was amazing when he did it at the Monterey music festival, although it wasn’t the fist time he’d done it,” he said. “I just happened to be in the audience, it was a magic moment and he was an amazing guitarist.”

The Troggs are still wild things at heart | video | The Courier

How To Play Wild Thing

We had to look long and hard to find a video lesson that was not performed by someone who was mad or had terrible technique…hard to believe, but there you go. Here is a video that teaches you how to play it without the guitarists screaming at the video or worse trying to be a rock star and sing the song!

As always, it’s good to hear and watch the original performance so here are the Troggs with Wild Thing, doesn’t get much better than this folks.

The Troggs On Twitter

We had a look to see how much mention that The Troggs had on Twitter and to be honest, they are very popular. Here are a selection of tweets.

Check out all our other learn this song on guitar features by clicking the link.

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