Animal Tracks: Origins
(Note: This is a new edition of a maxi-series originally published on another, now defunct website.)
In a conversation with independent singer/songwriter Sarah Blacker, Blacker posed the question: “What’s your favorite song about a pet?” That was all it took to inspire this now resurrected series “Animal Tracks.” So, without further adieu, here is the newest sampling of beast ballads, creature cuts, and other assorted animal audios in a revamp of the old series:
“Wild Life” — (Paul McCartney and) Wings
“Wild Life” is by the Brit-American band known as (Paul McCartney and) Wings. It’s the title track off the group’s premiere platter which dropped in 1971. It is also McCartney’s third studio album after the breakup of the Beatles. The rough mix appears on the 2018 remastered reissue.
“Sweet Sophia”–Annette Conlon
This song is a musical memorial to the Southern California-based singer-songwriter’s late pet cat. It first appeared on Conlon‘s 2015 disc, Life, Death, and the Spaces Between. It is the Americana artist’s touching tuneful tribute to her former furry friend. Cat lovers will perhaps appreciate it the most.
“House For My Dog”– The Flyin’ A’s
This one is by the Flyin’ A’s, an Austin, Texas-based husband and wife duo, Hilary Claire and Stuart Adamson. The song is off their recent release, No Holds Barred, (reviewed in full by yours truly right here). It provides an example of what Claire can write as a solo songwriter.
“Hey Bulldog”–The Beatles
This is a classic cut by the Brit rock band the Beatles. It was primarily written by John Lennon, but was completed in the studio with the help of Paul McCartney. The song first appeared on the 1969 soundtrack album Yellow Submarine. It may not be entirely about a dog but it’s close enough for rock ‘n’ roll.
“Who Let The Dogs Out”– Baha Men
This is a track recorded by the Bahamian group Baha Men. It was originally released by Anslem Douglas (titled “Doggie”) in 1998. The Baha Men covered it in 1999 and put it out in 2000. It would be the group’s sole hit in the UK and the US.