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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 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 list to see the songs)

"Stink-foot" Courtesy of TOO


Frank Zappa's "Stink-foot" is the first selection off his 1974 Apostrophe (‘) platter.  While the subject of the tune is mainly a medical condition he has an interesting interaction with a talking dog named “Fido” in the song.   (There was a computer issue but it is believed that the first person to suggest this cut’s inclusion in this series was multi-talented artist John Tabacco.)

 "Like Cats & Dogs"
"Like Cats & Dogs" Courtesy of TOO

"Like Cats & Dogs"

An accidentally anonymous contributor to this series submitted this song "Like Cats & Dogs" by Toni Price.  The music video is reportedly from the featurette “Welcome to Alpine" and was filmed by Dan Karlock. The song itself was actually written by Gwil Owen.  (If you’re the one who suggested this song let us know and you’ll be mentioned in a future edition.)

"The Dog"
"The Dog" Courtesy of STAX

"The Dog"

Another now anonymous contribution to this edition of the series harkens back to the year 1963.  It's a Stax classic--number 130, in fact.  The single is named "The Dog."  It is backed with the song  "Did You Ever Love A Woman."  The song is one of a few canine cuts released by Rufus back in the 1960s.  This particular song was included on (most ecently) Rufus' The Platinum Collection as well as 16 other releases.

“Too Many Puppies”
“Too Many Puppies” Courtesy of TOO

“Too Many Puppies”

The next number this time around is by the band Primus.  The song is titled “Too Many Puppies” and it's off of the 1990 debut disc Frizzle Fry.  This canine cut was contributed by an anonymous reader.  This was the second single off the album.  It was also the first song ever written by bassist and lead singer Les Claypool.  The band reworked the track with a second drummer--Bryan "Brain" Mantia for their release Rhinoplasty.

“My Dog”
“My Dog” Courtesy of TOO

“My Dog”

Frequent contributor California-based singer-songwriter Michele “Queen of Steam” Lundeen submitted the song “My Dog".  “My Dog” is by Elvin Bishop.  It’s off his first Alligator Records platter Big Fun.  It was released in 1988.  (Yes, for some unknown reason this edition of the series is a bit heavy on the dog ditties.)

End-note Courtesy of "Complex"


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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