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Hair of the Dog (song)

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Recorded  1974
Length  4:11
Genre  Hard rock
Released  1 January 1975 (1975-01-01)
Label  A&M (USA)/Vertigo (Europe)
Writer(s)  Dan McCafferty, Pete Agnew, Manny Charlton, Darrell Sweet

"Hair of the Dog" is the title track of Nazareth's 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").

Cover versions

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 Britny Fox album Boys in Heat. Stone Rider covered the song on their 2008 album Three Legs of Trouble. It has also been covered by Deep Purple, The Michael Schenker Group, and Warrant.

In other media

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.

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.

On January 26, 2010, a re-recording of the song was released as downloadable content for the rhythm video game Rock Band 2.

In 2014, the song was used in the film, Dumb and Dumber To, during Lloyd's fantasy about Harry's daughter.

In the US, this was used in a TV commercial for Dodge.

On November 14, 2006 the original version of the song appeared in Season 1, Episode 7 of the Friday Night Lights television series.


  • Dan McCafferty – vocals, talk box
  • Manny Charlton – guitars, synthesizer
  • Pete Agnew – bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Darrell Sweet – drums, cowbell, tambourine, backing vocals
  • Guns N' Roses

  • W. Axl Rose - lead vocals
  • Slash - lead guitar, talkbox
  • Duff McKagan - bass, backing vocals
  • Matt Sorum - drums
  • Gilby Clarke - rhythm guitar, backing vocals
  • Britny Fox

  • "Dizzy" Dean Davidson - vocals, rhythm guitar
  • Michael Kelly Smith - lead guitar
  • Billy Childs - bass guitar
  • Johnny Dee - drums
  • References

    Hair of the Dog (song) Wikipedia

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