Friday, March 29, 2013

ANIMAL BEAT DRUMS: By request, we're having a very special ALOTT5MA Friday Playlist.  Show us your best songs about animals--either generally or about any specific animal you can think of (cocktail party-appropriate music is particularly invited).  I'll start us off with two:


  1. Watts4:40 PM

    Bonus points for animals named in our cocktail menu: Hawk, Bulldog, Dalmatian, Panther, Monkey, Spider, Iguana, Flamingo, Squirrel, Bear, Horse, Ram, Rattlesnake, Dog, Lizard.

  2. bill.4:41 PM

    Black Dog, Dread Zeppelin

  3. Fred App4:58 PM

    "Gorilla, You're a Desperado," by Zevon. Just for the lyrics alone. "Big gorilla at the L.A. Zoo / Snatched the glasses right off my face / Stole the keys to my BMW / Left me here to take his place."

  4. Maggie5:16 PM

    Atomic Dog - George Clinton

  5. Adam C.5:26 PM

    They aren't all ABOUT animals, but...

    Pretty Flamingo, Manfred Mann
    Part Man, Part Monkey, Bruce Springsteen
    Wild Horses, Stones
    Chicken Lips and Lizard Hips, Bruce Springsteen
    Fever Dog, Stillwater (Almost Famous Soundtrack)

    Does Ziggy Stardust count for Spider?

  6. Adam C.5:31 PM

    Aimee Mann, Labrador

  7. I'm a Gnu -- Flanders & Swann

  8. Megan Elizabeth8:10 PM

    "A Manatee Sneezed on Me" by John Flynn. It's a kids song, but pretty fun.

  9. Close to Rattlesnake--The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonight, R.E.M.

  10. Adam C.8:57 PM

    Or you could put the first lines of Springsteen's Promised Land on a loop:
    On a rattlesnake speedway in the Utah desert/
    I pick up my money and head back into town.

  11. Everyone Walk The Dinosaur.

  12. bill.7:05 AM

    Rattlesnakes is a Llloyd Cole & The Commotions song from 1984. I have the Tori Amos version from her Strange Little Girls album

  13. bill.7:07 AM

    Pink Flamingos -- Rickie Lee Jones from Traffic in Paradise

  14. bill.7:14 AM

    Bulldog -- Tracy Bonham from The Burdens of Being Upright

  15. bill.7:17 AM

    Hawk -- not exactly, but I have Hawkmom 269 by U2, E=MC Hawking by MC Hawking, and Mohawk by Charlie Parker.

  16. bill.7:22 AM

    Dalmatian -- I recommend the Replacements' cover of Cruella de Ville. Or, you could go in this direction,
    Klapa - Traditional Dalmatian Song

  17. bill.7:37 AM

    The Panther -- Thunderball from Den of Thieves (ESL)

  18. bill.7:56 AM

    The Squirrel, Fats Navarro and Tadd Dameron

    something newer for horse -- Faster Horses, MNDR

    ram -- best I can do is Rama Lama Ding Dong by the Edsels

    Iguana -- Manana Iguana, Bobby McFerrin

  19. bill.7:59 AM

    spider -- the absolutely insane version of There Was an Old Lday by the Wallets. Jim Clifford destroys the bass. Amazing.

  20. bill.8:07 AM

    Lizard -- I do not recommend the 23 minute King Crimson Lizard. Unless you have a house full of prog fanatics, it's 3am, and they're baked out of their minds.

    Punt and go with something by the band Flying Lizards.

  21. bill.8:11 AM

    Eagle and the Hawk, John Denver

  22. KCosmo11:32 AM

    Just for fun: Gilda Radner's "Let's Talk Dirty to the Animals."

  23. J. Bowman7:47 PM

    Animal, Def Leppard (bonus animal!)
    Spider, They Might Be Giants
    Birdland, Weather Report
    Bird Calls (or Gunslinging Bird), Charles Mingus

    Teddy Bear, Elvis Presley

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  25. andrewraff11:02 AM

    Not cocktail party appropriate, unless you hate your guests, but I am rather fond of Pink Floyd's "Several Species of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together in a Cave and Grooving with a Pict" (It's not the song I enjoy quite as much as the title.)

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  27. Watts1:24 PM

    I always love that that song was written by Shel Silverstein.

  28. La Binsk6:04 PM

    El Orangutan by The Iguanas

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