Songs With Animal Samples
February 19, 2015 1:02 AM   Subscribe

Something about the lion's roar at the beginning of the Pet Shop Boys' cover of Always on my Mind really gets me. What other songs use animal sounds to great effect?

I also like the yowl in Wildcat, the birds in the background of Aisatsana, and the Parrot-squawk remix in Frontier Psychiatrist . This is relevant, but I'm asking for songs where animal sounds are prominent but not necessarily the better part of the song.
posted by Rinku to Media & Arts (35 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
 
The barking dogs on Jane’s Addiction’s Been Caught Stealing.
posted by misteraitch at 1:12 AM on February 19, 2015 [4 favorites]


The birds in Yes's Close to the Edge.
posted by Mizu at 1:22 AM on February 19, 2015 [1 favorite]


I also just remembered the crickets in Sleeping on the Roof
posted by Rinku at 1:25 AM on February 19, 2015


The wolf howl at the beginning of Laurie Anderson's Big Science.
posted by Chairboy at 1:39 AM on February 19, 2015 [1 favorite]


The whale sounds in Farewell To Tarwathie by Judy Collins
posted by various at 1:52 AM on February 19, 2015


The Wildhearts - The Snake, The Lion, The Monkey And The Spider has monkeys in it.
posted by Free word order! at 2:05 AM on February 19, 2015


Black Lung Prozac Parade
posted by pompomtom at 2:25 AM on February 19, 2015


Pink Floyd's Several Species of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together in a Cave and Grooving with a Pict

Lots of animal sounds but no actual animals were sampled.
posted by jmsta at 2:34 AM on February 19, 2015


The Beatles' Good Morning. Elephants and chickens and probably some other animals besides. The clucks of the chicken, famously, transform into the opening guitar of the Sgt. Peppers reprise.
posted by Ursula Hitler at 2:38 AM on February 19, 2015 [2 favorites]


Avalanches - Frontier Psychiatrist starts with a horse whinny (and more later in the song.. a parrot, more horses..)

Oh dear, you knew that. I'm so sorry. :(
posted by Skyanth at 3:30 AM on February 19, 2015


The birds in It's My Life by Talk Talk.
posted by tomboko at 4:13 AM on February 19, 2015


Lion roar at the beginning of Jethro Tull's "Bungle in the Jungle".
posted by akk2014 at 4:45 AM on February 19, 2015 [4 favorites]


Following-up on Ursula Hitler's post, there is some interesting information here about the animal noises on Sgt. Pepper's:
Lennon asked engineer Geoff Emerick to arrange the animal noises heard at beginning (and end) of the song so that each animal heard was one capable of devouring (or frightening) the animal preceding it.[4][6] The final sound effect of a chicken clucking was so placed that it transforms into the guitar on the following track, "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)".
posted by akk2014 at 4:48 AM on February 19, 2015


"Jungle Music" by Servant. Old-school Christian Rock tune, used to perk my dog's ears right up.
posted by dwbrant at 5:00 AM on February 19, 2015


New Order Perfect Kiss. Frog sounds.
posted by stellathon at 5:31 AM on February 19, 2015 [1 favorite]


Minnie Riperton, Lovin' You with all those damned birds tweeting. And I only found this answer after watching Duran Duran's Hungry Like the Wolf video, which is absolutely hilarious for Simon LeBon's dramatic posing but does NOT feature wolves.
posted by kinetic at 5:44 AM on February 19, 2015


Fugazi's "Walken's Syndrome" opens with vaguely-scary monkey-screeching.
posted by julthumbscrew at 5:47 AM on February 19, 2015


Summer's Cauldron by XTC uses a cricket's chirp for timekeeping.
posted by ogooglebar at 5:48 AM on February 19, 2015


It is from the realm of classical music - but Einojuhani Rautavaara's "Cantus Arcticus" might count. It involves an orchestra playing with various tape loops of Arctic birds.

Also: Cricket alert at 3:55 in the Beatles Abbey Road medley.
posted by rongorongo at 5:48 AM on February 19, 2015


Pink Floyd's Animals LP feautures the the sounds of the titular animals on the songs "Dogs," "Pigs (Three Differant Ones"" and "Sheep" (though I think they were mimicked through talk boxes and tape effects rather than actual recordingds of the animals themselves).
posted by KingEdRa at 5:51 AM on February 19, 2015


Sample the Dog
posted by Mr. Yuck at 6:18 AM on February 19, 2015


Pet Shop Boys, I Want A Dog
posted by the bricabrac man at 6:25 AM on February 19, 2015


Jethro Tull's Bungle in the Jungle.
posted by ChuraChura at 7:52 AM on February 19, 2015


Pitchfork article about a loon sample that often pops up in dance music.
posted by Leontine at 8:01 AM on February 19, 2015


The elephant roar in Missy Elliot's Work It.
posted by hydrophonic at 8:06 AM on February 19, 2015 [1 favorite]


They're fake (synthesized) but there are muskrats mating in Muskrat Love.
posted by Mchelly at 8:06 AM on February 19, 2015


18+ - Crow does what it says on the tin.
posted by hotelechozulu at 8:08 AM on February 19, 2015


The jungle noises in Leon Russell's Out In The Woods and the dogs barking (with passing train) at the end of the Beach Boys' "Caroline No."
posted by Rash at 9:59 AM on February 19, 2015


The family dog plays a major part in Cloud Rider on The Sadies "Pure Diamond Gold".

Not quite what you want, but there are two metal bands that have non-human vocalists.
Hatebeak is fronted by a parrot and Caninus was fronted by a pair of pit bulls.
posted by Seamus at 10:26 AM on February 19, 2015


The "heifer whines" at the beginning of The Smiths' Meat is Murder.
posted by jabes at 10:49 AM on February 19, 2015 [1 favorite]


One more Beatle -- the pigs at the end of George's Piggies.
posted by Rash at 11:08 AM on February 19, 2015


Woof Bim Skala Bim's Good Dog Ska
posted by Gungho at 11:31 AM on February 19, 2015


Pink Floyd's Several Species of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together in a Cave and Grooving with a Pict


And, of course, the entire album Animals
posted by TedW at 11:46 AM on February 19, 2015


Chicken sound at opening of Adrians Belew's House of Cards
posted by bonobothegreat at 4:41 PM on February 19, 2015


Beck's "Jack-Ass"
posted by aws17576 at 10:17 PM on February 19, 2015


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