Music Monday: Pet Week!

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! Did you notice that it's Pet Week here on our blog and on Sellout.Woot? That's why, today, our mix is all about pets. Today's mix gathers the highs and lows of animal songs and throws them for you to fetch. Go on, readers! Go get it! Go get the mix!

Michael Jackson - Ben

 

Such a sweet and loving song. It also went to number one and helped start young Michael's solo career as the King Of Pop! And yet, it's about a murderous, possibly telepathic rat. But maybe you can look beyond the strangeness and see the song as a tribute to a loyal and trusted friend. I sure can't. But that's just me, you know?

Good songs, bad songs, you know we've had our share. See you after the jump for the highs and lows of pet songs.

The Presidents Of The United States Of America - Kitty

 

There's a slight chance that this song isn't meant to be taken literally, but when did The Presidents ever use a metaphor? And anyway, who can resist patting a sweet kitty-cat when it acts all cute and starts meowing? Even when we know we're gonna get scratched, we still go for that fuzzy belly...

Henry Gross - Shannon

 

On the other end of the spectrum is a contender for the fastest way to clear out a party, the wuss-rock tribute to a Beach Boys pet that "drifted out to sea" and never came back. On the plus side, the song led to the Casey Kasem outake that turned into this NSFW song that might have helped inspire U2 to release this so at least some good came out of it.

David Bowie - Cat People (Putting Out Fire)

 

Maybe this song is more about the people who love cats, but you can't spell "Cat People" without "Cat" right? Bowie's slick 80s sound works well with the hyper-style of a cat that knows it's running the place. In fact, try singing this to YOUR cat later, see if they meow in harmony.

Porno For Pyros - Pets

 

The best pets are loyal, obedient, well trained, and perform tricks on command. Sort of like performers we don't have to pay! Except Perry Ferrel isn't as snuggly on a cold night. Probably you still have to walk him, though.

If you need to get petted, hit up the team in our Turntable.fm room and wag your tail to the regular Music Monday enjoyment. Pet Week rolls on all week long! Also, let us just remind you: some images come from the corresponding Wikipedia page and are here under fair use.