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INDIO, CA - APRIL 26: George Thorogood and The Destroyers perform onstage during day three of 2015 Stagecoach, California's Country Music Festival, at The Empire Polo Club on April 26, 2015 in Indio, California. (Photo by Matt Cowan/Getty Images for Stagecoach)

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George Thorogood: “Bad to the Bone”

Hook: Been to a movie in the past two decades? Then you know this song.

Released: 1982

Album: Bad to the Bone

Writer: George Thorogood

Background: “Bad to the Bone,” the title track to George Thorogood’s 1982 album, wasn’t much different than his previous work — it sounds like a mash-up of songs by Muddy Waters and Chuck Berry. But what made “Bad to the Bone” different was that it was launched as a single with a video. The clip, with starring roles for Bo Diddley and pool legend Willie Mosconi, become a big hit on MTV and propelled album sales.

The song has since had a life of its own in films and trailers. It’s been in key scenes in Terminator Two: Judgment Day, The Parent Trap, Major Payne, Stephen King’s Christine and Problem Child, as well as many TV shows.

George Thorogood on his plan for a career in music 30 years ago. OC:…either way. [laughs] :24

“I had two ways to go when I first got going with The Destroyers. I really thought I was gonna do two studio albums, a live record and a solo acoustic record and then I thought that would pretty much be it. It didn’t quite work out that way. And then after a while I said, ‘Well what I want to do is — two things are gonna happen — I’m gonna stop playing the music when I’m 50, and [when] that happens enough is enough. Or, I’m gonna stop after 30 years.’ And it looks like it’s not working out either way.”