Animal tracks: Songs about animals 20

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(Note: This is a new edition of “Animal Tracks”, a series originally published on another, now-defunct website.)

In a 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 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:

“Alley Cats” — Hot Chip

This catty cut first appeared on the 2010 disc titled One Life Stand by UK-based electropop act Hot Chip. Band co-founder Joe Goddard (vocals, synthesizer, and percussion) reportedly wrote the bulk of this song for their fourth studio album. They played this one a lot while on tour.

“American Horse” — The Cult

Brit rock band The Cult ponied up this piece on their 1989 platter titled Sonic Temple. The group’s songwriting frontman, Ian Astbury, wrote the song. He said the tune was inspired by the image “of a black stallion with an American flag draped over his back.”

“Baby Shark” — Pinkfong

This tune is an aquatic adventure by the Korean-based children’s entertainment brand, Pinkfong. The company specializes in dance videos and sing-a-longs for kids. The song first appeared on the 2015 album Pinkfong Animal Songs. This tune is about a family of sharks who is preparing to hunt their prey.

“Animal” — Def Leppard

This track was written and recorded by the English hard rock band Def Leppard. It originally appeared on the group’s 1987 platter named Hysteria. The song was the second single from the album and went on to become the act’s very Top 10 track. It offers a comparison between humans and animals via behavior.

“Beau” -Jimmy Stewart

Tony F. admits this one is “[n]ot a song exactly. [It’s a] poem by Jimmy Stewart regarding his old dog. [It is f]rom [the 7/28/1981] Johnny Carson[‘s Tonight S]how. Warning: Keep the tissues handy.”

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