Wild Thing by Tone Loc

Flashback Friday Music Video.

Last month, every Flashback Friday Music Video was from the late seventies or early eighties, so this month we will focus on the late eighties and early nineties. The video this week is Wild Thing by Tone Loc.

Wild Thing was a single off of Loc’s 1989 debut album, Lōc-ed After Dark. The song went to #2 on the hot 100 charts in America and hit #1 in New Zeland. The single went on to sell over two million copies.

The song contains a sample of Jamie’s Crying by Van Halen that was not approved by the band. This lead to a civil lawsuit that was settled out of court. The settlement was reportedly in the amount of $180,000.

The music video was rumored to have only cost $500 to make. It was directed by Tamra Davis who later went on to direct such films as Billy Madison and Half Baked. The video also featured actress Tracy Camilla Johns who is best known for being the leading lady in She’s Gotta Have It.

One of the co-writers on the song was Marvin Young. He’s better known as rapper Young MC who also had a massive hit in 1989 with Bust a Move.

Stream or purchase Lōc-ed After Dark by Tone Loc via Amazon by clicking on the image below.