Animal Tracks: Songs about animals 21

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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:

“Birds” — Coldplay

This soaring song was released by the British rock band Coldplay in 2015. On this cut, Chris Martin is encouraging the listener to ignore their imperfect circumstances and enjoy life so that he/she can be as free as a bird to fly. It’s off the CD A Head Full Of Dreams.

“Birds In The Trees”– The Residents

This song is by the image-nihilistic avant-garde band and visual arts group known only as The Residents. This minute masterpiece by the San Francisco, California-based band is off their audio offering titled Commercial Album which dropped in 1979. Each cut on the platter is one minute long or “commercial-length.”

“Dogs” — Pink Floyd

This tune is by the English prog-rock band Pink Floyd. The song first appeared on their 1977 LP Animals. It’s but one track on a concept album that focuses on the Orwellian idea of comparing the behavior of humans to that of different animals. This song was written by Roger Waters and David Gilmour.

“My Vegas Pussy” — Catman Cohen

“My Vegas Pussy” is a song recorded by the performer known as Catman Cohen. The song is featured on the mysterious and controversial crooner’s 2005 release titled How I Want to Live: The Catman Chronicles 2. He is known for his outspoken and unorthodox approach to music.

“Southbound Pachyderm” — Primus

This song is by the US rock group Primus. It’s off of their 1995 disc Tales from the Punchbowl. Also put out as a single, it was written by Les Claypool, Larry LaLonde, and Tim Alexander. The song and video both reflect Claypool’s concern about the conservation status of pachyderms.

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