Recommend songs that reference furry animals.
January 1, 2014 6:45 PM   Subscribe

Recommend songs that reference furry animals!

Organizing a party where the theme is "Furry". I wanted the songs to reflect this. I've got so far:Eye of the Tiger, What Does the Fox Say and Touch Me Tiger. Can you help recommend more? Thanks.
posted by Sully to Media & Arts (52 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Hound Dog.
posted by Huffy Puffy at 6:50 PM on January 1

"Several species of small furry animals gathered in a cave and grooving with a pict" by Pink Floyd.
posted by windykites at 6:51 PM on January 1 [6 favorites]

There is a band called Super Furry Animals.
posted by capricorn at 6:52 PM on January 1 [3 favorites]

Mississippi Squirrel Revival.
posted by Huffy Puffy at 6:53 PM on January 1 [1 favorite]

Can't forget about Muskrat Love!
posted by esoterrica at 6:54 PM on January 1 [5 favorites]

The Weakerthans' "Plea from a Cat Named Virtute" and "Virtute the Cat Explains Her Departure" are both told from the perspective of cats and reference cat-type things.
posted by wemayfreeze at 6:55 PM on January 1

The Unicorn Song. You wouldn't know it from the title and it starts out with a green alligator, but some humpty-backed camels and some chimpanzees make repeat appearances.
posted by headnsouth at 6:55 PM on January 1 [2 favorites]

Love Cats, Stray Cat Strut, Hungry Like the Wolf
posted by Glinn at 6:56 PM on January 1

Bloodhound Gang- Bad Touch
posted by the twistinside at 6:58 PM on January 1

Sam the Sham and the Pharoahs, "Wooly Bully"

You might also find this list (scroll down to the comments) helpful.
posted by MonkeyToes at 7:00 PM on January 1

Puppy Love
posted by trip and a half at 7:01 PM on January 1

The Lion Sleeps Tonight
posted by Wordwoman at 7:01 PM on January 1

Cat Scratch Fever.
posted by Huffy Puffy at 7:01 PM on January 1

"Bunnies" by Pansy Division. Definitely not suitable for parties where children or sensitive people are in attendance.
posted by southern_sky at 7:03 PM on January 1

REM sings "Furry Happy Monsters" on Sesame Street.
posted by skycrashesdown at 7:04 PM on January 1

The Charlatans, "Polar Bear"
Sweet, "Fox on the Run"
David Bowie, "Diamond Dogs"
Adam and the Ants, "Dog Eat Dog"
The Beatles, "Hey Bulldog"
Tom Waits, "Rain Dogs"
Divine Comedy, "The Dogs and the Horses"
Squeeze, "Cool for Cats"
The Pogues, "Wild Cats of Kilkenny"
Michael Penn "Long Way Down (Look What the Cat Drug In)"
Harry Chapin, "Cat's in the Cradle"
Rolling Stones, "Stray Cat Blues"
Stray Cats, "Stray Cat Strut"
The Beatles, "Rocky Raccoon"
REM, "Star Me Kitten"
Duran Duran, "Hungry Like the Wolf"
X, "Hungry Wolf"
The Style Council, "Boy Who Cried Wolf"
various versions of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer"
Adam and the Ants, "Feed Me to the Lions"
David Bowie, "Joe the Lion"
Number One Cup, "Waiting on the Lions"
Wire, "Ex-Lion Tamer"
Buck Owens, "I've Got a Tiger by the Tail"
Beck, "Paper Tiger"
Modest Mouse (bonus band name!), "I Came as a Rat"
The Mo-Dettes, "White Mice"
The Fluid, "Pretty Mouse"
The Beatles, "Piggies"
Tom Waits, "Filipino Box Spring Hog"
Tim Hardin, "Black Sheep Boy"
The Kinks, "Animal Farm"
Pete Townshend, "I Am an Animal"
Adam and the Ants, "Animals and Men"
posted by scody at 7:17 PM on January 1 [2 favorites]

Sam the Sham and the Pharoahs also sing Little Red Riding Hood which involves a wolf and there's Hungry Like the Wolf. If you want everyone to be miserable you could also play Who Let the Dogs Out? White Rabbit could be good, too, and What's New, Pussycat?
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 7:19 PM on January 1

whoops, a few more:
The Clash, "Four Horsemen"
Rolling Stones, "Wild Horses"
U2, "Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses"
The Beatles, "Dig a Pony"
Charlotte Gainsbourg, "Trick Pony"
Tom Waits, "Pony"
The Small Faces, "Donkey Rides, A Penny, A Glass"
posted by scody at 7:20 PM on January 1 [1 favorite]

The Osmonds - "Crazy Horses"
posted by Sys Rq at 7:26 PM on January 1

Bobby Bare, Jr. - Your Adorable Beast
posted by DigDoug at 7:40 PM on January 1 [1 favorite]

How has nobody mentioned "What Does The Fox Say?" yet?
posted by Sara C. at 7:45 PM on January 1 [1 favorite]

Jane Siberry - Everything Reminds Me Of My Dog
posted by moonmilk at 7:47 PM on January 1 [2 favorites]

Jenny Lewis - Rabbit Fur Coat
posted by mochapickle at 7:49 PM on January 1

Furr by Blitzen Trapper. Gets all wolf on you.
posted by Rain Man at 8:03 PM on January 1 [1 favorite]

You really need Little Fuzzy Animals by Frank Hayes.
posted by ActionPopulated at 8:08 PM on January 1 [1 favorite]

What, 90 minutes since this question was posted and nobody has mentioned "Mammal" by They Might Be Giants?
posted by Sunburnt at 8:13 PM on January 1 [2 favorites]

Parry Gripp's done a massive number. My favorites:

Hamster on a Piano

Space Unicorn and also Unicornio Espacial

At the Bunny Festival

Black Hamster
posted by winna at 8:18 PM on January 1

How has nobody mentioned "What Does The Fox Say?" yet?

....The OP said they'd already thought of that.

This is a subtle suggestion, but the Beatles' song Martha My Dear is ostensibly about Paul McCartney's pet sheepdog.

And there's also Wildfire if you wanna go super-cheesy-70's at any point.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 9:33 PM on January 1

The Magnetic Fields' "Let's Pretend We're Bunny Rabbits" ought to be the national anthem to the furry nation.
posted by hydrophonic at 10:01 PM on January 1 [1 favorite]

Pansy Division, Bunnies. Not even a little bit safe for work.
posted by Confess, Fletch at 10:28 PM on January 1

Old McDonald had a farm. E I E I O.
posted by aniola at 10:43 PM on January 1 [1 favorite]

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Teddy Bears' Picnic.

There are many other versions, but I feel this one is definitive.
posted by murphy slaw at 11:11 PM on January 1

Meatloaf, Bat out of Hell.
posted by biffa at 12:46 AM on January 2

Of Monsters and Men, Dirty Paws.
posted by Urtylug at 2:22 AM on January 2 [1 favorite]

Led Zeppelin - "Black Dog"

The Dickies - "You Drive Me Ape, You Big Gorilla"

Hamster Dance (of course it autoloads!)

Camper Van Beethoven - "The Day Lassie Went to the Moon"

Brad Nowell - "The Day Lou Dog Went to the Moon"

Pink Floyd - "Pigs (Three Different Ones)", "Dogs", "Sheep"

Al Stewart - "Year of the Cat"

Tom Jones - "What's New Pussycat?"

The Who - "Boris The Spider"

America - "Horse With No Name

Geoge Clinton - "Atomic Dog"

Snoop Doggy Dog - "Doggy Dogg World" [NSFW]

Primus - "Tommy the Cat"
posted by Room 641-A at 3:28 AM on January 2

Dinosaur, Little Fury Things. Altogether now, 'A rabbit falls away from me, I guess I'll crawl...'
posted by srednivashtar at 3:31 AM on January 2

David Bowie - Cat People
TV on the Radio - Wolf Like Me
The Stooges - I Wanna Be Your Dog
The Cramps - Can Your Pussy Do the Dog?
posted by misteraitch at 3:46 AM on January 2 [1 favorite]

The Wee Hairy Beasties got you covered. Their album is filled with similar awesomeness.

The Bestiary of Flanders & Swann, particularly The Sloth.

Under no circumstances play The Be Good Tanyas' Dogsong 2 unless you want a room full of people quietly weeping.
posted by scruss at 6:49 AM on January 2

...Look at all the happy creatures dancing on the lawn...

CCR - Lookin' Out My Backdoor
posted by Thorzdad at 6:59 AM on January 2

Sammy the Dog [Has Learned to Play Trombone]
posted by SuperSquirrel at 7:12 AM on January 2

Primus - "Too Many Puppies"

Elton John - "Honkey Cat"

Kate Bush - "Hounds of Love"

Heart - "Dog and Butterfly"

Iggy Pop - "King of the Dogs"
posted by Room 641-A at 7:46 AM on January 2

Red Rabbits, by the Shins
Wildcat, by Ratatat
The Fox, the Crow, and the Cookie, by Mewithoutyou
The Rabbit, the Bat, and the Reindeer, by Dr. Dog
Zebra, by Beach House
Who Could Win a Rabbit, by Animal Collective
This entire album (songs by the name of Chinchilla, Panda, Elk, Badger, Lemur, etc.)
Who Let the Dogs Out, by the Baha Men
White Rabbit, by Jefferson Airplane
Buffalo, by Mountain Man
Silly Bears, by Akron/Family
Christmas Unicorn, by Sufjan Stevens
A buncha songs on this album
The Shrew, by Beirut

Devendra Banhart has Owl Eyes, Seahorse, and Little Spider, none of which reference furry animals in title, though they're definitely super fuzzy in tone (and in lyrics - Little Spider mentions a monkey).

Then there's Grizzly Bear, Fleet Foxes, Cat Power, Caribou, the Animals, Dr. Dog, Animal Collective, Wolfmother, Wolf Parade, Wolf Porn
posted by mrmanvir at 11:15 AM on January 2

There is a band called Super Furry Animals.

And they have one of my favourite gym songs which will fit your theme - Golden Retriever.
posted by jamesonandwater at 12:23 PM on January 2

The Jazz Butcher has a couple of suitable songs — Domestic Animal and Love Kittens (and if there are any Francophones in the crowd, La Mer).
posted by Lexica at 3:27 PM on January 2

The Beatles - Rocky Raccoon
Al Green - I'm a Ram
Daniel Johnston - Walking the Cow (or one the many cover versions)
Neko Case - The Tigers Have Spoken
Neko Case - People Got A Lotta Nerve
Felix (Arthur Russell) - Tiger Stripes
Malcolm McLaren - Buffalo Gals
First Aid Kit - The Lion's Roar
Alex Cockburn - Wondering Where the Lions Are
Hank Williams - Move It on Over
Rufus Thomas - Walking the Dog
James Knight and the Butlers - Funky Cat
The Kinks - Phenomenal Cat
Laid Back - White Horse (not for kids)
Roky Erickson - Two Headed Dog (Red Temple Prayer)
Pixies - Caribou
Pixies - Monkey Gone to Heaven
Smog - I Break Horses
Smog - Let Me See the Colts
Van Morrison - Listen to the Lion
Joe Tex - One Monkey Don't Stop No Show
Dots Will Echo - I'm A Monkey
posted by hydrophonic at 10:08 PM on January 2

Cub - My Chinchilla
Beat Happening - Ponytail
Ada Jones - Bedtime at the Zoo (from 1914!)
posted by bubukaba at 10:08 PM on January 2

Racey - Kitty
posted by Sys Rq at 10:34 PM on January 2

Cristine Kane Four Legs Good Two Legs Bad (skip to 1:50 to get to the song and skip the intro).
Cheryl Wheeler My Cat's Birthday
posted by BoscosMom at 4:38 PM on January 3

Sarah Harmer - Came On Lion. (I think my recommendations are best saved for the sleepy dregs at the end of the party.)
posted by mochapickle at 6:28 PM on January 3

B-52's - Quiche Lorraine
posted by Sys Rq at 6:36 PM on January 3 [1 favorite]

The Smiths - "Meat is Murder"
posted by 4ster at 6:56 PM on January 3

The Sugarcubes - Chihuahua
posted by Sys Rq at 11:47 AM on January 5

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