On this week’s Patreon podcast, we welcome, Ben Sisto, artist, curator and star of the documentary, Who Let The Dogs Out. Yes, as in the song. *insert barking* The documentary — available on Hulu — Who Let the Dogs out — tells the story of Ben Sisto and how he went looking for the origins of the Who Let The Dogs Out song. You ever Google one topic on the internet like “What’s so great about Britain” and five hours later find yourself watching someone make homemade tortillas? That’s what this documentary feels like in some ways — what started from an innocuous moment on the Wikipedia page of Who Let The Dogs Out sent Ben on a 10-year odyssey to find out, finally, who, actually, let out the dogs.
The song is a top 5 earworm. To the point where, even as I type out Who Let The Dogs Out, it’s a struggle to not say the woo-woo-woo-woo-woo part, but that is merely the entrance into this insane story. Most people know the song from Baha Men, but the song is almost like an anthem in the Caribbean where lots of people know the song, and it was around long before Baha Men, and they simply covered it. Only it wasn’t a straight line from the song being an anthem to being covered. The song writing credits, according to Wikipedia, are Anslem Douglas, but that is merely the beginning. The story takes twists and turns through Florida, Michigan, the Seattle Mariners and A-Rod (yes, seriously) and many legal battles. I can’t recommend the documentary highly enough.