Music video by Iggy Pop performing Real Wild Child (Wild One). (C) 1986 A&M Records
"Wild One" or "Real Wild Child" is an Australian rock and roll song written by Johnny Greenan, Johnny O'Keefe, and Dave Owens. Sydney disc jockey Tony Withers was credited with helping to get radio airplay for the song but writer credits on subsequent versions often omit Withers, who later worked in the United Kingdom on pirate stations Radio Atlanta and, as Tony Windsor, on Radio London.
O'Keefe was the first artist to record it, on his debut EP Shakin' at the Stadium, released on the Festival label in 1958. This version, ostensibly recorded live at the Stadium, was in fact a studio recording, overdubbed with the sound of a real audience. It differs from the version released in the USA and UK. "Wild One" was also released as "Real Wild Child" in the USA on Brunswick and in the UK on Coral.
The release date of the single, 5 July 1958, is considered the birthday of Australian rock n' roll music.
The song was once again covered in 1986 when Iggy Pop included a version on his album Blah Blah Blah. Titled "Real Wild Child (Wild One)," this became a #10 hit on the UK Singles Chart in January 1987. It also charted on Billboard's Album Rock Tracks chart, peaking at #27. The Iggy Pop version was featured in the films Crocodile Dundee II, Adventures in Babysitting, Problem Child and its sequel Problem Child 2.
The Iggy Pop version of the song is used as the title music to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's all-night music video programme, Rage.