The Six Best Songs About Dogs
Last week we counted down the six best songs about cats. In the name of fairness - and as a continuation of the Nitpick Six Animal Series, here are the six best songs about dogs. Let us know your favorite dog tracks in the comments below.
6. Deerhoof - "Kidz Are So Small"
On "Kidz Are So Small," Deerhoof explores the canine/owner relationship as a vehicle for its never-ending weirdness. "If I were a man and you a dog, I'd throw a stick for you," sings Satomi Matsuzaki. Later she flips the script: "If I were dog and you a man, I'd throw a fit for you." When Iggy Pop imagined the dog swap on "I Wanna Be Your Dog," he focused on submission; Ben Folds used his dog as a metaphor for loyalty on "Dog." Deerhoof plays off a more complicated idea, that strange pride an owner feels when his/her dog is freaking out to protect his/her human. And that barking sound at 0:53 is plain adorable.
5. George Clinton - "Atomic Dog"
Yeah, "Atomic Dog" is only partly about an actual dog, one presumably composed of singular atoms that have not yet formed into molecules. The rest of the song is an analogy for Clinton's tail-pursuing ways. He wonders "Why must I chase the cat?" although he does not sound as remorseful as the self-inquisition implies. Despite not exactly focusing on the title canine, "Atomic Dog" makes the cut because it has been subsequently sampled in a ridiculous number of dog-centric hip-hop songs. You may recall the "Bow-wow-wow-yippee-yo-yippee-ay" hook from Snoop's "Who Am I? (What's My Name?)" or the bassline from "Pumps And A Bump," the track by Hammer after he dropped the "MC" from his moniker and tried too hard to lose his family-friendly image. Pitbull sampled the track for 2009's "Girls," proving that as long as hip-hop artists are enamored with dogs, the legacy of "Atomic Dog" will continue.
4. Modest Mouse - "Wild Pack Of Family Dogs"
Not all dogs are domesticated. The characters in "Wild Pack Of Family Dogs" keep kidnapping Isaac Brock from Modest Mouse's family members. Even his own dog joins the party. By the brief song's close, Brock's narrator is so discouraged by his life, he's "waiting for the pack to take me away." He assumes the pack ate his sister (and probably his dog) but the facts are ambiguous. Maybe his desire to join them is not a death obsession, it's a Where The Wild Things Are fantasy about making a new family with the creatures in the woods. Hard to guess, because Brock's character "didn't say much of anything at all."