Friday, July 29, 2016

The Friday Five: Your “Cat” Songs

It didn’t hit me until sometime over last weekend that I did “dog” songs on Monday and “cat” songs on Friday, and here we are doing it again this week. Here are reader choices of “cat” songs.

Stray Cat Blues – The Rolling Stones (Arlee) Arlee gave us two songs this week. This one is from the Stones’ 1968 album Beggars Banquet LP. Arlee says “I remember trying to cipher the lyrics off the record for some friends who had a rock band back in 1968 or so. Getting the lyrics that way could be such a hassle–internet lyric sites sure have simplified that process.” Not to mention getting the lyrics right, although some of the misinterpretations were hilarious.

The Love Cats – The Cure (Arlee) Arlee says he was in a The Cure phase during the Eighties. Hey, who wasn’t? This was a non-album single released in 1983 that reached #7 in the UK and #6 in Australia.

Stray Cat Strut – The Stray Cats (JoAnna) Brian Setzer is a dynamite guitar player, as this track demonstrates. This was on their first LP, Stray Cats (1981 in the UK)/Built For Speed (1982 in the US). It peaked at #3 on the Hot 100 and #11 in the UK, and got tons of airtime on MTV in the early days, when MTV actually played music.

The Cat Came Back – animation by National Film Board of Canada (a darkened house) ADH called this “a hilarious animated romp of the song ‘The Cat Came Back,'” and I agree. All the particulars are in the credits at the end of the song. Might not be suitable for younger and more sensitive viewers, although if you grew up watching cartoons from the Forties and Fifties, that shouldn’t present a problem.

Nashville Cats – The Lovin’ Spoonful (Kip?) I could not think of who suggested this one and couldn’t find where it was suggested, but I’ll give it to Kip (and if you’re the one who suggested it, thanks and sorry for the confusion). The Spoonful released this in 1966 and it reached #8 in the US and #2 in Canada. It was on the last of their 1966 albums, Hums Of The Lovin’ Spoonful.

My thanks to all of you who contributed. That’s The Friday Five for July 29, 2016.

from The Sound of One Hand Typing

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