80’s Blast::Sam Kinison

(anyone who thinks otherwise can go jump in Lake Minnetonka)

Sam Kinison
Wild Thing
from the album Have You Seen Me Lately? (1988)

Sam Kinison (1988 album Have You Seen Me Lately?)

Originally recorded by The Troggs in 1966, Sam revamped Wild Thing  into “…a blistering condemnation of the title subject, with lines such as ‘Why didn’t you tell me you were a demon from Hell” and “The only thing that gets you off is to see me in pain.'” (which I loved – as well as Sam’s signature “oh-oh” scream) AND showcased Kinison’s fierce guitar riffs.

The video featured a TON of Cameos by 80’s Rockers (such as Steven Tyler, Joe Perry;\, Billy Idol, Tommy Lee, Slash, Steven Adler, Stephen Pearcy, Warren DeMartini, Robbin Crosby, Richie Sambora, Jon Bon Jovi, Dweezil Zappa, Steve Vai, and C.C. DeVille) and, of course, the beautiful and sultry Jessica Hahn!

A version by LA-based punk band X is featured in the 1989 film Major League – and Cheap Trick covered it for the Encino Man soundtrack (1992).

Sam Kinison also appeared in the following videos:  “Kickstart My Heart” (Mötley Crüe, 1989), “Bad Medicine” (Bon Jovi, 1988), and “Heartbeat” (D’Priest – of London fame, 1990).

R.I.P. Sam. We miss you…

ℳ –


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