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 tapeunit.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 list to see the songs)
“Birdhouse In Your Soul”
First, Michael Pappas submitted the song “Birdhouse In Your Soul”. It is by the US alternative rock group They Might Be Giants. It came out in March of 1990. The song is basically about the appearance of a blue canary and sung from the point of view of a nightlight.
John Shea and Joeg Graham both chimed in with Paul McCartney and Wings’ hit song “Jet” believing (as many do) that it’s a song about McCartney’s dog. Critics first thought this as well as McCartney did once own a Labrador Retriever named “Jet”. More recently, however, McCartney stated that “Jet” had also been the name of a pony he once owned.
Unfortunately, the names of those who contributed the The B-52’s “Quiche Lorraine” were lost in a horrible cat-related computer accident. (No kidding!) At any rate, this song goes back to 1980 and is off of the band’s album Wild Planet. The song specifically focuses on dog ownership and perhaps on a larger scale about responsibility.
“Everything Reminds Me of My Dog”
David Golden suggested the tune “Everything Reminds Me of My Dog” by Jane Siberry. It’s a track from Siberry’s 1989 recording Bound By The Beauty. The song is pretty much what one would think by reading the title. It focuses on the idea that everyone and everything does indeed remind the singer of her dog.
“(How Much Is) That Doggie In The Window” or “The Doggie in the Window”
“(How Much Is) That Doggie In The Window” by Patti Page was submitted by yet another “lost” contributor. This novelty song was written by Bob Merrill in 1952. It’s based on an old folk song titled “Carnival of Venice”. Page’s 1953 recording is perhaps the most well known version and was actually given the title “The Doggie in the Window”.
So there you have it, boys and girls–the third edition of “Animal Tracks”: a list of creature cuts focused on favorite felines, canines and other domesticated animals from different decades and genres. What are your favorite animal audios? Feel free to share!
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