Forget Spuds MacKenzie, the hippest mutt of the '80s was 'Atomic Dog'
For the milliennials, their claim on canines is Who Let The Dogs Out. For us '80s kids, we proudly grew up with a dog of different spots, namely George Clinton and the Atomic Dog.
George Clinton defies categorization as his career started off in the '6o with doo-wop soul before introducing funk to the nation as the leader of Parliment/Funkadelic with '70s classics like Flash Light and Tear The Roof Off The Sucker (Give Up The Funk). In the '80s, Clinton continued to explore the parameters of music with songs like Atomic Dog.
Even though Atomic Dog only peaked at No. 101 on the pop charts is was number one on the R&B charts for four weeks in 1983. Even if you don't think you've heard Atomic Dog, you have heard parts of it and its signature catch-phrase "Bow Wow Wow, Yippie Yo, Yippie Ya". Atomic Dog's legacy is cemented as estimates of its use in rap sampling numbers in the hundreds. One of those samples include Clinton teaming up with Ice Cube in 1994 with the Top 40 hit Bop Gun (One Nation) - Clinton's only appearance in the Top 40 outside Parliament.
Clinton was always up to something different and in the '80s his diverse career even can be heard as the theme song to Howard The Duck, a song he co-wrote and performed with the lovely Lea Thompson providing the vocals. Clinton has reteamed with Parliament and it 2014 they released a digital album entitled first-ya-gotta-shake-the-gate.