Your crusty chronicler is an individual who generally does his own thing. Still, when Examiner asked for support for their new “List” format, it was nigh impossible not to be open-minded about it. The good folks at Examiner are usually pretty tolerant of your screwy scribe’s scribbles and so it seemed that the polite thing to do was to try to somehow utilize their new favorite format in some way. So, with that spirit of unity and teamwork in mind, your rockin’ writer presents this series—“Animal Tracks: Songs About Animals”.
In a recent conversation with Sarah Blacker, singer/songwriter for The Blacklisters, Blacker posed the question: “What's your favorite song about a pet?” That was all it took to inspire yet another new series here on Examiner.com. So, without further adieu, here is the most recent sampling of songs about pets, beast ballads, creature cuts and other assort animal audios:
(Please view pictures to see the songs)
“I Wanna Be Your Dog”
First up is Chris Ormsby’s contribution The Stooges’ “I Wanna Be Your Dog”. It’s off their 1969 eponymous platter. What makes it memorable is the main riff. It’s unforgettable as it is made up of only three chords and with the exception of the two brief bridges is played throughout the entire tune.
“Dig a Pony”
Next this edition is The Beatles’ “Dig a Pony”. Lennon wrote it drawing inspiration from his relationship with Yoko although he was adamant that the majority of the lyrics were “nonsense”. He stated: “I was just having fun with words. It was literally a nonsense song. You just take words and you stick them together, and you see if they have any meaning. Some of them do and some of them don't.” It’s off the 1970 platter Let It Be.
The third track here is Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention’s “Dirty Love”. (Zappa seemed to have liked dogs . . . or at least "doggy".) This is another of his dog-related cuts. It’s off of Over-Nite Sensation from 1973. Tina Turner and the Ikettes actually sang backing vocals on this song although they were not originally credited.
“Love To Eat Them Mousies”
Elizabeth Greco submitted a song titled “Love To Eat Them Mousies”. She says she never had mice for pets but this “was a song from (her) childhood” and simply had to share it. This song is most famous as being performed by a B. Kliban cat sitting on a stool and playing an acoustic guitar. It goes back to at least 1975.
“Walkin’ The Dog”
Last but not least this edition is Aerosmith’s cover cut “Walkin’ The Dog”. It’s their version of Rufus Thomas’ song from 1963. Aerosmith released their version in 1973. It was included on their self-titled LP. The original album cover art had the song title erroneously printed as “Walkin’ The Dig”.
So there you go, pets and petters, the latest edition of "Animal Tracks": a list of creature cuts from different decades and genres focused on favorite felines, canines and other domesticated animals from different decades and genres. What are your favorite animal audios? As always, feel free to share!
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