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Taylor, the brother of actor Jon Voight, wrote the song for the house band at Arthur, one of New York's first discotheques. “I got a call from Gerry Granada, a writer and A&R executive for United Artists,” Taylor told Uncut.
“So I started banging out these chords, and it almost sounded like a drum as well as the guitar, because you could hear the beats my thumb was doing. I was just looking out in the street and letting this thing float, and all of a sudden it just felt terrific.
Lead singer Reg Presley told Classic Bands, “When I first heard it, I thought if this was done by a group with a bit of balls into it, then this could be a hit. “He said, 'There might be 10 to 15 minutes left at the end of the session, and I think we could fit in a bit of a recording,'” guitarist Chris Britton told the Sydney Morning Herald.
“We got there and unloaded all the gear, and in the last 10 or 15 minutes of the studio time we jumped into the studio, they put some microphones in front of the amps, and we recorded Wild Thing' and 'With a Girl Like You' in the same session in 10 minutes. Britton explained how he achieved the sound that millions of garage-band guitarists have tried to duplicate.
“ Wild Thing” has been covered many times, but the Hendrix performance at Monterey, in which he lit his guitar on fire, is the most famous.