(Note: This is a new edition of “Animal Tracks”, a 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:
“Cardinals” — The Wonder Years
“Cardinals” is a song by the American alternative rock band (and your rockin’ writer’s homeboys) The Wonder Years. It is included on the Pennsylvania-based group’s fifth studio LP, 2015’s No Closer to Heaven. It was written by lead vocalist Daniel Campbell and is initiated by the untimely, accidental death of a cardinal.
“Monkey See–Monkey Do” — Ringo Starr
This song is off the former Beatle drummer’s seventh solo studio platter titled Bad Boy. The platter was released in 1978 when Starr’s career was headed downhill. This album did not reverse the trend. Written by Michael Franks, it never made it past number 129 in the USA.
“Nirvana For Mice” — Henry Cow
This number was written by multi-instrumentalist and improvisationist Fred Frith and recorded by the avant-rock band Henry Cow. It was first included on the 1973 release titled Leg End (or Legend). It cut was also featured on the album Concerts which was released three years later.
“Snagglepuss” — Naked City
This is a track off the Naked City CD by John Zorn. It was first released in 1990. Zorn and his fellow “compositional workshop” members soon become known as Naked City. The track is apparently named after the pink anthropomorphic cougar character created in 1959 by Hanna-Barbera.
“The Vultures Of Bombay” — Snakefinger
This is the closing cut on the 1979 vinyl titled Chewing Hides The Sound. It was the English singer-songwriter and musician’s premiere platter. The release was co-produced with The Residents. In fact, The Residents are credited with co-writing a number of the songs on the work as well.)