BitchTapes: Love Songs for Furry Friends
Not only is today Valentine's Day, it's also the final day of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show! Celebrate either (or both) holidays with a mix of love songs for the pets in your life.
1. Norma Tanega - Walkin' My Cat Named Dog
This single made its way to #22 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1966. Rightly so, as it's super catchy and charming. Fun Fact: While she didn't reach the top of the chart again, Tanega was romantically involved with Dusty Springfield and she helped to write some of Springfield's songs.
2. Jonathan Richman - Our Dog is Getting Older Now
A bittersweet ode to an aging pet. It's hard not to love Jonathan Richman, especially when he's sticking up for the pit bulls.
3. Joanna Newsom - Sadie
When asked about the story behind this song, Newsom said, "In this particular song, the most straightforward subject is my then-dog, Sadie, who passed on recently. She was a lovely white Labrador who liked nothing more in the whole world than to play fetch. And I've always been impatient about that; I'd look at the soggy pinecone dropped at my feet while I was trying to get into my car, and I'd say, 'I'll play with you later'...It's about all sorts of things, but I guess the main story is about death, love, putting things off." I think what she's trying to say is to get off the Internet and go play fetch with your dog.
4. Belle and Sebastian - I Love My Car
"I love my dog/I love my pussy cat, I love the rat/That lives under the floor and makes his bed from novelettes," sing chamber pop superstars Belle and Sebastian.
5. The Shaggs - My Pal Foot Foot
'60s sister band The Shaggs sing about a cat gone missing.
6. Michael Jackson - Ben
MJ's song about a pet rat.
7. Nellie McKay - The Dog Song
Nellie McKay (pictured with the dogs above) sings this snappy, jazzy song about walking her dog. (Also, If you've yet to hear "Mother of Pearl", McKay's tongue-in-cheek ditty that critiques feminist stereotypes, I suggest you listen to it now.)
8. Cat Stevens - I Love My Dog
In the first single ever released by Cat Stevens, he sang a sweet song about his dog.
Which pet songs would you add to this mix?
This mix originally appeared on the Bitch blogs on February 11, 2011, but it's time to sing to your dog/cat/rat again!
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