(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.
“The Dancing Duck” — The Residents
This recording is off an instrumental album, The Ughs!, by the anonymous, avant-garde group The Residents. It was released in 2009. The disc features portions taken from their 2007 CD The Voice of Midnight minus the narrative. The Ughs! is the band’s collective “alter ego” created during the creation of the 2007 release.
“The Horses” — Rickie Lee Jones and Walter Becker
American singer-songwriter Ricki Lee Jones co-wrote this one with singer-songwriter Walter Becker. She first recorded it for her 1989 disc Flying Cowboys. Although put out as a single, it was used in the 1996 motion picture Jerry Maguire and also on the movie’s official soundtrack album.
“Let That Pony Run” — Pam Tillis
This one was recorded by country music artist Pam Tillis but was written by Gretchen Peters. The song was the second single off Tillis’ 1993 CD Homeward Looking Angel. The song climbed as high as number four on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.
“Peace Frog” — The Doors
The Doors recorded this song for their fifth studio release Morrison Hotel which hit record racks in 1970. Guitarist Robby Krieger composed the music. The lyrics were taken from the poems of singer Jim Morrison. Krieger once told an interviewer that the song was named after a frog “because of the guitar sound (sings) de-de-dep …, which sounded like a croaking frog’s [sound].”
“Pussycat Meow” — Deee-Lite
This one was written and recorded by the American house and club/dance group Deee-Lite. The New York-born act included this on their second studio LP Infinity Within. It was the third and last single off their 1992 platter and was released only in the 12-inch vinyl format.