Sunday, 20 May 2018

Nazareth - Hair of the Dog

Sunday, time for a classic.

"Hair of the Dog" is the title track of NAZARETHs 1975 album "Hair of the Dog". It is sometimes called "Son of a Bitch" because of the repeated lyric in the hook ("Now you're messing with a son of a bitch"). The song is about a charming and manipulative woman who can get men to acquiesce to her every need. The singer is letting her know that she has met her match in him, a self-described "son of a bitch."

"Hair of the Dog" uses a talk box extensively during its bridge. The song's title, which does not appear in the lyrics, is a pun ("hair of the dog" = "heir of the dog" = "son of a bitch"). The Girls Aloud song "Sexy! No No No..." features a sped-up sample of the song's guitar riff. The band is given a writing credit for the sample.

As a standalone song, it only charted in Germany, where it peaked at #44. In the United States, because the "Hair of the Dog" album was a top-20 hit on the album charts, the song received extensive airplay on album-oriented rock stations (despite "bitch" being a borderline profanity) and remains in the playlist of most classic rock formatted stations. In the USA, it was released as the B-Side of Love Hurts.

The song has been covered by many bands. GUNS N' ROSES recorded it on their 1993 album "The Spaghetti Incident?". This version features the signature guitar riff from THE BEATLES "Day Tripper" as a gag at the end. The song is on the BRITNEY FOX album "Boys in Heat". STONE RIDER covered the song on their 2008 album "Three Legs of Trouble". It has also been covered by PAUL DI'ANNO, THE MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP, and WARRANT.

The original version of the song is featured in the video game Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned. The song was also used in The CW show Supernatural in a Season 2 promotional advertisement.

Enjoy today's tune where the video were NAZARETH performing their classic from Euro TV "Spotlight" circa 1976.

Here is a live clip from the Show Of Nazareth in Live Hoston, 1981

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