The phrase "hair of the
dog" or more accurately, "the hair of the dog that bit you,"
goes back hundreds of years. Over the course of the band's existence
so many people have asked us where we got our name that we decided to
include the explanation on our website. This is the best explanation
that we could find, although we have heard others. We like this one
Many, many years ago animal bites, and in particular dog bites, were
very common and often led to nasty wounds, infection and even
amputations (hey, you asked for it!) Medical science (at that time
being a mixture of primitive text, folklore and superstition) had a
somewhat dubious remedy. It was believed that if you could catch the
very pooch that nipped you, you should cut off a bit of its hair. The
hair was then used to make a paste or salve. The paste was applied to
the wound as if it were medicine. Did it work? It probably had a
positive psychological effect on some patients.
Today, "the hair of the dog that bit you" has come to be
associated with the drinking of alcoholic beverages to excess. It is
commonly believed by drinkers that the best way to rid one's self of a
hangover is to down a glass or two of whatever it was that you
over-indulged in the previous evening. Growing up, we often heard
people suggest a little "hair of the dog" to folks looking a
little rough around the edges on a Saturday or Sunday morning. Fairly
or not, drinking has been closely associated with Irish culture and,
therefore, our music. We see nothing wrong with an occasional moderate
intake of spirits, especially at a Hair Of The Dog show. But please,
never drink and drive.
In 1998, Hair Of The Dog applied to The United States Patent And
Trademark Office to protect our name and logo.
21st, 1999, Hair Of The Dog was granted a service trademark. There are other bands out there using OUR name. We are sorry
for any confusion that this might cause.