As a result, posting by moi will be sporadic for a couple of days at least.
But in the meantime, here's a fun little project for us all:
Most Memorable Post-Elvis Song Referencing Members of the Animal Kingdom in the Title or Lyrics!!!
No arbitrary rules, you're welcome very much, and yes, I did more or less the same Listomania back in 2009. But since then I've lost countless brain cells and I'm reasonably sure my choices this time are totally different.
[Okay, if truth be told, I've only actually changed two entries. Are you happy now? Also, if you try to sneak a band named after an animal into the list I will come to your house and kill you. I'm serious about this. I mean obviously, this was inspired by Monkees Week. But just don't even try it.]
And with that out of the way -- my totally top of my head Top Seven is/are:
7. The Youngbloods -- Grizzly Bear
The most underrated American band of the 60s. And what I wouldn't give for a high quality live tape of these guys with the original personnel.
6. Al Wilson -- The Snake
"You knew I was a snake before you brought me in." You gals know the feeling, I'm sure.
5. The Fools -- Psycho Chicken
When this came out in 1980, I remember thinking it was a long-overdue skewering of David Byrne's pretentious anxiety attacks. In retrospect, it's basically just a sort of sophomoric Weird Al record, which is to say only moderately amusing or smart, and I'm somewhat more forgiving of Byrne's neuroses.
4. Bruce Springsteen -- Pretty Flamingo
A great song, obviously, but I've been looking for an excuse to post this particularly gorgeous 1975 live version (from the Roxy bootleg) again for ages. You're welcome.
3. Soupy Sales -- The Mouse
Rodent Mania. 'Nuff said.
2. The Hollies and Peter Sellers-- After the Fox
Even Burt Bacharach's joke songs are gorgeous. Seriously, that piano-riff-with-the-vocal-hisses is just a killer hook, isn't it?
And the numero uno musical ode to those below us on the food chain obviously is --
1. Gilda Radner -- Let's Talk Dirty to the Animals
Written by the late great comic genius Michael O'Donoghue. Since last I posted this, the concert film it derives from -- Gilda Live -- finally became available on home video. Act now
Alrighty, then -- what would your choices be?