Music Monday: The Dog Days

by Scott Lydon

 

Happy Music Monday! Today we salute the one creature we most associate with summer, the loyal, warm-hearted dog. Scott's gathered five dog songs for you to enjoy, and you'd better, because otherwise you'll break their widdle heawts! D'awww look at those sweet paws, how can you say no to them? Anyway, here's the first one.

Heart - Dog & Butterfly

Father and daughter? A tough old biker and his sweet just-legal girlfriend? A kind college student and her beloved mentor? There are plenty of meanings you can apply to this song if you really try, but maybe you want to take it literally. And why not? Sometimes a dog chasing butterflies is really just a dog chasing butterflies.

More dogs yet to come, so don't leave any chocolate on the floor, please. And see you after the jump.

Just a note: remember there's a difference between dogs and wolves, so keep that in mind as you consider your submissions. Or don't, you know, we're never super picky about your choices.

The The - Dogs Of Lust

 

Poor The The didn't quite make it to the internet era, possibly because "the the" seems pretty hard to Google. But, guess what? It's not! And this song from the 1990s captures the smart/pub rock balance that The The managed so well.

Led Zeppelin - Black Dog

 

Even today, you'd be hard pressed to find a guitar-loving teenager who can't sing along to the intro to Black Dog. Heck, even some of the raver kids can probably sing along. The song is so well known even Robert Plant sampled it himself, later in his career. If you didn't think of this song yourself when you saw the title of this week's post… well, I'd be surprised. Not sad or judgmental, just surprised.

The Stooges - I Wanna Be Your Dog

 

So, in August 1969, this was #1. This should help explain the angry burst of guitar that starts off a genre-changing record. Iggy Pop might not be a household name any more, but just like a loyal dog, he's been lying quietly in the corner for quite some time now, just waiting for a little love and affection. Also, without him, David Bowie's career might have gone in a very different direction.

Lobo - Me And You And A Dog Named Boo

 

You'd expect a band named after a wolf to be a little harder than this, wouldn't you? Well, all dogs have their soft side. And a dog named Boo probably wouldn't be the most aggressive pup you'll ever meet.

Sit! Roll over! Post your dog song in our forums! Good readers, gooood. Who wants a treat? Well, if you do, visit our Turntable.fm room and the regular Music Monday enjoyment. Also, let us just remind you: some images come from the corresponding Wikipedia page and are here under fair use.