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December 7, 2014 12:04 PM   Subscribe

I'd like to put together a playlist of songs sung by non-humans.

So far, I have:
'Forget you' by Camilla and the Chickens
'YMCA' by the Minions

Any others?

(I'd prefer it if they were sung in non-human voices.)
posted by cat potato to Media & Arts (23 answers total) 14 users marked this as a favorite

Do Alvin and the Chipmunks count?
posted by kellyblah at 12:17 PM on December 7, 2014

Well... What about Alvin and the chipmunks? They're chipmunks. Or is the spirit more "not using human language" I'm which case they wouldn't qualify I suppose.
posted by chasles at 12:18 PM on December 7, 2014

Daft Punk?
posted by bfranklin at 12:21 PM on December 7, 2014 [1 favorite]

Not an animal, but how about the IBM 7094 singing Daisy Bell? (You could use Hal 9000 for pathos, but I like the original better.)
posted by ernielundquist at 12:30 PM on December 7, 2014 [1 favorite]

The Portal songs Still Alive and Want You Gone come to mind since they are sung from the viewpoint of a computer program. It doesn't really fit with your examples though since it is in human English.

There's also just a ton of videos online of pets singing Christmas songs, wow.
posted by Winnemac at 12:30 PM on December 7, 2014

The Chickeneers all-clucking version of "Ho Hey."
posted by summit at 12:32 PM on December 7, 2014

Stand by me - the Muppets

12 days of Christmas
posted by bunderful at 12:32 PM on December 7, 2014

In 2003, rock band Guster created an entire alternate version of their album Keep It Together to "leak" to file sharers to obfuscate results for the actual album. This version was sung by cats. Front to back. They called it the Meow Mix.

And, to keep things topical, they also did a one-off Christmas carol in the same vein. Enjoy!
posted by tapesonthefloor at 12:59 PM on December 7, 2014 [2 favorites]

Let us not forget Hatebeak's God of Empty Nest and Beak of Putrefaction.

More on Hatebeak.

I couldn't find a link to a sound file on a reputable-looking site, but you probably don't want to actually listen to Hatebeak unless you're waaaay into death metal.
posted by tommasz at 1:13 PM on December 7, 2014 [2 favorites]

We Love Katamari Soundtrack - Killing Hot Savannah (Song 15)
It's like an overture of all the songs on the soundtrack done with various animal sounds. I love this song.
posted by bleep at 1:16 PM on December 7, 2014

Yeah, came in to say Hatebeak. There's also Caninus (two pit bull terriers who front a grindcore band). And I swear there was a band (maybe in the 80s? maybe a little more new-wavey than metal?) who had a pig for a singer, but I can't remember their name.

If we're allowing electronic (synthesized) singing, then Vocaloid is an entire (predominantly Japanese) genre for you to explore.
posted by escape from the potato planet at 1:27 PM on December 7, 2014

Crazy Frog - Axel F.

sorry everyone
posted by jabes at 1:36 PM on December 7, 2014 [1 favorite]

MC Hawking
posted by prize bull octorok at 1:39 PM on December 7, 2014

The entire Jingle Cats album, sung by cats and dogs.
posted by fuse theorem at 1:48 PM on December 7, 2014

Fitter Happier by Radiohead.

The speech was done by a Macintosh using the Macintalk/Plaintalk software. Looking at the Wikipedia page for Plaintalk shows a lot of other songs that partially or completely used the program for speech synthesis.
posted by JoeZydeco at 3:16 PM on December 7, 2014

We Are Young
and Last Friday Night in Simlish
posted by CarolynG at 3:22 PM on December 7, 2014

Beatle Barkers.
posted by Tunierikson at 4:05 PM on December 7, 2014

(Second time they've come up in conversation today).
posted by Tunierikson at 4:10 PM on December 7, 2014

All the K.K. Slider songs (or at least the ones where he "sings") from Animal Crossing.
posted by bink at 4:12 PM on December 7, 2014

This is an amazing thread. My suggestion is not a real one, but you should watch Death Metal Rooster.
posted by dondiego87 at 5:40 PM on December 7, 2014

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