FMF Episode #48 – Dogs

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DJ: Who’s a g o o d b o y e?! Welcome to another round of Feel Me Flow! We’re all about the puppers today!  The dog days of summer are just around the corner and, boy, is it warm out there.  Did you remember to feed your dogg-o this morning? How about this evening? Dry food or wet food? Table scraps or no human food?

We’re gonna hear some excellent canine canons today.  We’ve got songs celebrating man’s best friend, songs about men referred to as dogs, sick dog songs, and we’ll cap off the show with the full 17-minute Pink Floyd epic, “Dogs”.  Are you more of a cat person? Not to worry, friend! Next week we’ll give you your 2-hour tune fix.

Starting off today’s show is the infamous Iggy Pop with The Stooges.  The Stooges debut 1969 is regarded by many as the birth of punk rock, with its screeching distorted guitars and fight-the-power aura contributing to the aesthetic. The album flopped with critics, but never left the music scene due to it’s raw power.  After they released two LPs, the band broke up in 1973 only to release an album the next year and break up again.  That debut album produced one official US single; here’s “I Wanna Be Your Dog”. 

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DJ: The King of Funk, everyone. George Clinton formed the Parliament-Funkadelic collective in the late 60s and completely dominated the funk genre for the next, well, forever. If you’re into a more soul-based funk sound, listen to Funkadelic. If you want that synth-based, outer space kind of funk sound, go with Parliament.  Both groups are amazing. Both groups feature the legendary Eddie Hazel on guitar.  When George went solo in 1981, he released an album within months. Computer Games found itself thrown into the sample machine when G-funk and Gangsta Rap hit the scene in the 90s.  Or, more accurately, when Dre started sampling his old funk records for beats and hooks.  That was “Atomic Dog”, one that Dr. Dre would use for Snoop Dogg’s “Who Am I (What’s My Name)?”.

Otis Redding stopped by with an early track from his debut 1964 album Pain In My Heart. Otis’ debut was recorded between 1962 and 1963, around 5 years before his untimely airplane crash death in December 1967.  I don’t know if anyone can top The Big O when it comes to that soul sound, especially when you hear him howl like on “These Arms Of Mine”.  We played “The Dog” from Otis’ first LP.

Vice Records’ Black Lips made a lineup change after the release of their 2014 LP Underneath The Rainbow.  The band swapped in drummer Oakley Munson and also added saxophonist Zumi Rosow to evolve their sound even further out of the lo-fi garage.  Their latest album Satan’s Graffiti Or God’s Art is a step in the right direction for the evolution of garage rock. From 2014, that was “Dog Years”.

Nancy Sinatra employed that fuzzy guitar sound that we love here on FMF for her 1967 Boots track “Leave My Dog Alone”. This is one of the many instances of a dog representing a significant other that we’ll dig into today.  It’s kind of strange how men are associated with dogs and women are associated with cats; hence the cat fight and doghouse metaphors. Maybe strange isn’t the right word. Misogynistic?

Continuing the theme of men are dogs, this next set is an homage to all the types of mandogs that exist in the rock and roll world. We’ll start off with Led Zeppelin’s blues throwback-fuzz jam “Black Dog”.  The track leads off their famously untitled 1971 album, their fourth without a title other than Led Zeppelin (insert number here). Here’s Zep with “Black Dog”.

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DJ:  Much like the band who “led” our set off, Elvis was over-credited quite a bit for his music when in reality he just covered black musicians’ songs.  Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton recorded “Hound Dog” in 1953 for Peacock Records.  The Lieber and Stoller-penned hit tells the tale of a gigolo that won’t go away.  In some sort of response to the song, Sun Records founder Sam Phillips penned “Bear Cat (The Answer To Hound Dog) and had Rufus Thomas record it just two weeks after the release of Thornton’s tune.  Not only will we get a taste of Rufus Thomas’ animal antics a bit later in this episode, but stay tuned for the next episode where we feature the “Bear Cat” gem.

Another 50’s tune graced our ears with The Everly Brothers doing their 1958 single “Bird Dog”. The tune comes from their self-titled 1958 EP released right after the masterpiece Songs Our Daddy Taught Us.  The tune would’ve fit in well on FMF’s Johnny episode.  The song’s about a guy named Johnny who steals the writer’s girl.  Johnny is then referred to as “Bird Dog”. He’s a bird. He’s a dog.

A bit of sea-shanty punk preceded Johnny and his thievery.  Flogging Molly’s debut LP Swagger broke all kinds of barriers when they took what The Pogues had started and plugged a distortion pedal into it.  Swagger and the reworking of the Dropkick Murphys lineup in 2000 spawned a new sub-genre of punk that never left.  In fact, the two bands just toured together for the first time in 2018! We heard the Molly’s first single “Salty Dog” (although “Every Dog Has Its Day” would be a nice replacement if need be).

WAND most definitely borrowed some stylings from Jimmy Page and the Zeppelin crew for their heavy psych rock sound.  Lead singer Cory Hanson played with Meatbodies, the Mikal Cronin/Ty Segall side project, which brings that fuzzy noise we’ve come to love here at FMF.  Wand released Plum in 2017, but we took “Sleepy Dog” from their previous album, 2015’s 1000 Days.

Moving into the King Kanines and Pharaoh Puppers set, we’ve got Johnny Cash performing the quintessential country music song about that damn dirty old egg-sucking dog.  Yes, he’s a bit much, and yes he’s a bit annoying.  But how can you not love such a good boy?! Here’s Johnny with a track from Everybody Loves A Nut.

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DJ: Sly & The Family Stone’s debut 1967 album changed soul for the political, much like the direction James Brown was heading at the time. Sly’s first album was riddled with more slam poetry-esque stylings than the pop soul that would follow with the next album. That may have something to do with Clive Davis proposing such an absurd request, but Sly obliged and put out Dance To The Music the following year, featuring the title track and “Higher” as singles. We played “Dog”, the closing track to the debut LP A Whole New Thing.

Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs played their own brand of garage soul, complete with horns and everything.  Their debut hit single “Wooly Bully” was written in honor of Sam’s cat of the same name. Instead of a cat song, though, we went with “Deputy Dog” from the Lil Red Riding Hood album. Actually, isn’t that song about a wolf? Cats and dogs everywhere!

In their short 5-year existence, Harlem released two albums and an EP, all three circulating around the drug culture. Free Drugs ;-), Hippies, and the LSD Saves 7″ brought the allusions in but didn’t keep the focus their. We heard a different type of reference today, though, with their cut “Three Legged Dog”. Man, isn’t “legged” such a gnarly word?

Sans BBQ show and sans The Shrines, King Khan released Murder Burger in 2017. The album credits, however, list The Gris Gris as his backing band. Possibly an homage to Dr. John’s debut psychedelic voodoo masterpiece? I mean, “Run Doggy Run” definitely has that swerving voodoo vibe to it.

Earlier, we talked about Rufus Thomas and his “Bear Cat (The Answer To Hound Dog)” single. That answer tune was recorded in March of 1953. This next tune was recorded almost exactly a decade later. Released in September of 1963, Rufus Thomas’ “Walking The Dog” was an instant hit, going on to be covered most famously by the Rolling Stones, as well as The Grateful Dead, Aerosmith, Jackie Shane, and more. There’s even a dance to go along with it. Can you walk the dog?

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DJ: The combination of influences heard in that song is just incredible. That main guitar riff sounds like it came straight out of 1975, but like a 33 rpm record played at 45. Awesome! Shy Boys‘ new single “Take The Doggie” brings back what we love about rock and roll. In less than two minutes the story is told, the message received, some verses, some choruses and onto the next number. What else do you need? Shy Boys’ brand new LP Bell House hits shelves next Friday, August 3. Go pick it up and support our Set 4 Score artist!

 If you dig the slacker, surfy kind of vibes that Mac Demarco puts out but wish it was a little faster and a little heavier, The Garden might be worth a shot. In fact, they opened for Mac during his North American fall tour in 2017. They’ve got the strange, wobbly guitars along with minor chords and detuned strings that sort of throw off your equilibrium. That is, until the drums start kickstarting your heart. What a great combo! From the 2018 Epitaph Records LP Mirror Might Steal Your Charm, that was “Call The Dogs Out”.

The Suicide Machines added the “the” to their name and took on a sort of pop-punk, alternative rock sound with their 2000 self-titled release.  The previous two albums were more hardcore and ska based. The lead single from their self-titled effort “Sometimes I Don’t Mind” sounds like a perfect pop love song, until you listen a little closer and realize the love is for his dog! How cute.

The Evil One Roky Erickson stopped by with a the lead-off track from his 1981 album of the same name. The single “Two Headed Dog (Red Temple Prayer)” was written after Roky get out of the mental hospital. He had pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity after being arrested for the possession of one joint. In Texas, the punishment was up to ten years in prison. Roky involuntarily received electroconvulsive therapy while in treatment. 

Our fifth set starts off with the tale of a dog named Boo, followed by some sick puppies.  No, not the band, we didn’t include Sick Puppies today. Lobo scored himself a big hit with his debut single “Me And You And A Dog Named Boo”.  So much so, that the Brady Bunch took a swing at singing their own version and released it on their Meet The Brady Bunch album. Let’s hear the original, though, because not all groups of kids singing sound great. Including the Brady Bunch. Hit it, Lobo!

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DJ: Vampire Weekend’s Rostam and The Walkmen’s Hamilton Leithauser teamed up for a throwback to the 50s pop record in 2016 called I Had A Dream That You Were Mine. The album was one of my favorites of that year; it took the elements of the early rhythm and blues/doo-wop days and polished them off for a new listen without losing the luster. If you’re a fan of either of the artists’ official bands, check out this record. They’re both on top of their game here. “Sick As A Dog” rounded out our set – a perfect tempo crossover from the previous tune, “Poor Doggie”.

Eagles Of Death Metal experienced what rock stars have nightmares about back in 2015. The band was playing a show at the Bataclan theater when three armed gunmen ran inside the venue and started murdering fans with assault rifles. Just unreal. The shots started right as the band started playing “Chase The Devil”, the track that follows “Poor Doggie” on Death By Sexy.  89 people died that day, as well as the 3 animals who took those lives.  Artists from all around the world recorded covers of the band’s “I Love You All The Time” to raise money for the Play It Forward Campaign.

Wimps dropped by with a deep cut from their out of print 2014  EP Party At The Wrong Time. Wimps was the Set 4 Score band featured in our Space episode, but also led off the Garbage episode with the title track to their latest album Garbage People. We played “Dog Pills” from the rare 2014 EP.

Another rare and out of print EP is Blink-182’s Dogs Eating Dogs from 2012.  It’s not even available on Apple Music at this time. The band doesn’t really acknowledge the release much either, rarely playing songs from it live. After recording Neighborhoods in separate studios and lacking chemistry, the band tried their hand at a group effort with this EP.  It was the last bit of music to be recorded with Tom DeLonge still in the band, however, as he split nearly right after the release of it.

Our last set of the day is gonna wind us down a bit in a long, drawn out kind of way. Mac DeMarco kicks things off with the title track from his 2017 LP This Old Dog.  Mac continued his slowed down, chill rock vibes with the latest effort, subbing many of the weird effects-laden electric guitars for acoustics.  It works! Here’s the Vancouver vagabond with “This Old Dog”.

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DJ: You may hate this, but I’m totally the type of person who puts “Dogs” on the TouchTunes queue in order to get my money’s worth.  That and Rush’s “La Villa Strangiato” are my go-to long jams for bar takeover. Maybe “Echoes”? “Dogs” comes from the 1977 5-song masterpiece Animals.  The band’s follow-up to another masterpiece, Wish You Were Here. Too good.

Les Claypool’s side project with The Frog Brigade actually covered “Dogs” on their live album Live Frogs Set 2. In fact, the whole album was a cover of Animals from start to finish.  If there is any band that could pull it off, I would think they would need Les Claypool involved. Primus played us the first song Les ever wrote, “Too Many Puppies”.

Etta James before Primus? Are we for real?! After the smooth singing sounds of her early career, Etta teamed up with Rick Hall at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals to put out a soul album filled with the best soul backing musicians of the day. The title track gave Etta her highest chart-topping single ever, but we went with a deeper cut; “Watch Dog”.

Frankie Cosmos, the daughter of Kevin Kline and Phoebe Cates. Yes, that Phoebe Cates. Frankie (aka Greta Kline) played bass for Porches before launching her own solo career. We took “If I Had A Dog” from her 2016 effort Next Thing, but be sure to check out Frankie’s latest album Vessel.

And that, doggy devils, is the end of our show! We hope you enjoyed the journey through the FMF Dog Park and that you’ll join us next time for our companion episode to our “companion” episode, Cats!

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