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Happy Music Monday! Gather up your fuzzy friend, because today we're taking a look at the wild kingdom. Our mix this week is all about the animals, and we don't mean Eric Burdon's band. Scott's out of town today, but he's still left us with five songs that represent the tooth and claw, the land and air, from the insect kingdom to the big jungle cat. We'll start with a radio-friendly cat song:

Duran Duran - The Man Who Stole A Leopard

 

There really aren't a lot of bands who make it to their golden years with the same energy. It's to be expected, since rockin' out is a young person's domain. But "The Man Who Stole A Leopard" is just as good as any of the early Duran Duran hits and carries the same New Romantic energy for which the band was once known. If you're curious, I linked the studio version above, but the image I used is from this David Lynch-directed video in which Simon LeBon kinda messes up. Watch that key, Simon.

As always, lurking inside are four more tracks, the Spotify playlist from last week, and the impending comment cavalcade. See you after the jump!

Once you've rocked with the animals, remember our new Spotify playlist will be featuring a great selection from last week's Music Monday comments. The theme of the mix this time is Songs About Songwriters and you'll be impressed at how tied together the music industry can be. But before you start reminiscing…

Doug Willis - Disco Owl

 

If you want to learn more about the aliases of Dave Lee you can do the research on your own time. All I care about today is that "Disco Owl" is an amazing song, combining the right mix of stupidity and talent to make something that feels crazy but never stops being funky. "Don't need a trowel/to dig that owl" is a truly inspired rhyme, and how many dance songs have an unforeseeable twist ending?

Bumblebee Unlimited - Ladybug

 

Maybe the previous song drew inspiration from this sweet '70s hit chronicling the mating life of the Coccinellids. Prepare yourself for a million bug puns and a really strange "hard-to-get" routine that wouldn't really fly in today's culture. It's an innocent sort of "let's get a novelty hit, okay guys?" that today's music industry just couldn't support. But once upon a time, this is how some people made money.

The Osmonds - Crazy Horses

 

There aren't a lot of Osmond family songs that approach psychedelia, but "Crazy Horses"" takes the band to a kinda weird place. The fuzzy guitar and stylophone kinda hint at Black Sabbath, but it's all just so sweet and innocent underneath. Like, it's impossible to think of Toni Iommi and Geezer Butler ever doing this, you know? Basically these horses might seem crazy, but they're really quite tame.

Al Stewart - Year Of The Cat

 

Hate me if you want, but before there was Destroyer, there was Al Stewart. This easy listening, slow-moving river of a song winds you through imaginary streets with lyrics that sound like they were scribbled down after a dream. Culture references, the illusion of romance, a tune that's just curious enough to remember, all hung on the shoulders of the Internet's favorite animal? No wonder it was a smash hit back in the day.

There's a whole bestiary of songs out there for you to pet. Set out some kibble and lure them into our forums below! Post your best animal song, then creep over to our Turntable.fm room for 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.



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chicken0102


quality posts: 41 Private Messages chicken0102

How about "A Horse with No Name" by America and "Wooly Bully" by Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs?

khoult


quality posts: 1 Private Messages khoult

How could you've forgotten "Muskrat Love" by Captain and Tennille :-)

tedzilla99


quality posts: 31 Private Messages tedzilla99

Another opportunity to post Over the Rhine :-)

The Seahorse:

hefty244


quality posts: 13 Private Messages hefty244

The Lion Sleeps Tonight by The Tokens was my first thought.

a-weem-a-wep, a-weem-a-wep..

mossygreen


quality posts: 70 Private Messages mossygreen

Not my official answer, but as far as Crazy Horses goes, here is the preferable youtube video, hat-wise. Also knicker-wise, and cape-wise.

PemberDucky


quality posts: 41 Private Messages PemberDucky

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Not sure if you should post that? This slightly-nsfw-flowchart will help.

mossygreen


quality posts: 70 Private Messages mossygreen

A quick couple of suggestions:

Amanda Lear's Alligator imagined as taking place in a sexy torture chamber (not kidding--gotta love the Italians)

Tyrannosaurus Rex's Great Horse

Don't know if either has anything to do with actual animals; at one point in the lyrics the Great Horse does prance proudly.

mossygreen


quality posts: 70 Private Messages mossygreen

I don't believe the uncle referenced is a monkey, but I'm pretty sure the monkey is a monkey (no monkeys in video):
The Monkey's Uncle by Annette Funicello and The Beach Boys

CowboyDann


quality posts: 716 Private Messages CowboyDann

I'm going to keep it classy and submit a song about abortion.

The Antlers - Bear



If you don't like that let's go a couple of my favorite bands that use a lot of animal references. I doubt you would have chose these artists anyways.

Starting with Modest Mouse:
Mice eat cheese
I came as a Rat
Mechanical Birds
Worms vs. Birds
Fly Trapped in a Jar
3 Inch Horses, Two Faced Monsters
Guilty Cocker Spaniels
The Whale Song
Dog Paddle
Wild Pack of Family dogs

Sunset Rubdown:
Snake's Got a Leg
Snake's Got a Leg II
Snake's Got a Leg III
Hey You Handsome Vulture
Up on Your Leopard, Upon the End of Your Feral Days
Apollo and the Buffalo and Anna Anna Anna Oh!
Winged/Wicked Things
Colt Stands Up, Grows Horns
Stallion
Dragon's lair (maybeh?)

theshenerd


quality posts: 1 Private Messages theshenerd

Given Woot's love of primates, I thought for certain Shock the Monkey would be on the list.

strawhousepig


quality posts: 60 Private Messages strawhousepig

Well, Shonen Knife did do a couple of animal songs. Such as ...Capybara [live], Elephant Pao Pao, Catnip Dream, Neon Zebra, I am a Cat, Parrot Polynesia, Giant Kitty, Black Bass, Super Big Black Bass, Bear Up Bison (could not find Making Plans For Bison), Cobra Vs Mongoose, Insect Collector, Frogphobia, Buggy Bug, Mosquitoes, and of course Animal Song.

Plus several others not to be found on YouTube or elsewhere. You really shouldn't encourage me, you know.

LarryLars


quality posts: 65 Private Messages LarryLars

"Shannon" by Henry Gross
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-kSrV_CubiQ

The song is about the passing of Beach Boy Carl Wilson's Irish Setter of the same name.
http://henrygross.com/bio.htm


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Have you checked your Private Messages lately?

mossygreen


quality posts: 70 Private Messages mossygreen

All-Tyrannosaurus Rex edition:

Two versions of Cat Black (the one about a girl and the one which may or may not be about a Wizard's Hat)

Nijinsky Hind

She Was Born to Be My Unicorn

Bonus Incredible String Band!

The Hedgehog's Song

Big Ted, the best song written about a slaughtered pig and his potential reincarnations

Woodpecker


quality posts: 15 Private Messages Woodpecker