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 people at Examiner are usually pretty tolerant of your screwy scribes scribbles and so it seemed that the polite thing to do was to try to somehow utilize their new favorite format. So, with that spirit of unity and teamwork in mind, your rockin’ writer presents this playlist 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 ventwing.com. So, without further adieu, here is the very latest group of songs about pets, beast ballads, creature cuts, dog ditties and other assorted animal audios:
(Please view list to see the songs)
“Old MacDonald Had A Farm”
The first submission comes from someone known only as Un Tiro Al Aire. Un’s animal offering is “Old MacDonald Had A Farm”. This is a cumulative kid’s song which sometimes includes different spellings of the farmer’s surname in the title. It focuses on the different animals he had on his farm with each verse being about a different animal and its respective noise. It is number 745 on the Roud Folk Song Index.
“He’s a Good Dog”
Scott Judy selected the second selection on our list. He chose the live version of Fred Eaglesmith’s “He’s a Good Dog”. It’s performed by Eaglesmith and his band The Flying Squirrels. The track is off of the group’s 2001 disc titled Ralph’s Last Show and can also be found on his The Official Bootleg Series Volume 2.
Kevin Hunt, Hank Rose and Andrew DelCid immediately thought of the song “Pets”. This is by Porno for Pyros and first appeared on their eponymous debut disc Porno for Pyros. It’s track number 6 in fact. It was released in 1993. It was their second single and became a number 1 hit.
“Evelyn, a Modified Dog”
David Golden added the tune “Evelyn, a Modified Dog” by Frank Zappa to the list. This one is off of his 1975 platter One Size Fits All. This was just one of a handful of dog-related songs he wrote. This one is about a dog that has been modified to think. It’s a short piece that pokes fun at his LP Lumpy Gravy. It ends appropriately enough with an “Arf”!
“Walking the Dog”
Last but not least, Michael Jay of The Mighty Cash Cats contributed as well. His choice was “Walking the Dog” by Rufus Thomas. This one harkens back to 1963 and was the titular track from his Walking the Dog album. It went on to become big signature song and his biggest hit. It made it to number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was covered by The Rolling Stones the following year.
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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