Animal Instinct: 21 Bands Named After Animals


Now here’s a sight for – ahem – soar eyes: Josh Homme and Jesse Hughes’ Eagles Of Death Metal return after a seven-year hiatus, unleashing their fourth album, ZIPPER DOWN, today. In honour of their magnificent return, we’ve collected a veritable menagerie of acts, presenting them in our Animal Instinct playlist, which celebrates the top 21 artists named after animals…

EODM swoop in with Complexity, the lead track from their stunning new album, before Wolfmother unleash ‘Joker And The Thief’, a lycanthropic howl from their self-titled debut album, which is receiving a deluxe reissue at the end of the month. A live version of Def Leppard’s ‘Too Late For Love’, released in 2011, proves that the British rockers can still knock the spots off their competition, while John “Cougar” Mellencamp is on the prowl – looking for love in all the wrong places on ‘It Hurts So Good’.

Blues artists have often been a mongrel lot, but Hound Dog Taylor leads the pack here, courtesy of ‘55th Street Boogie’, which paves the way for Charlie “Bird” Parker, whose ‘Chasin’ The Bird’ could have helped Hanna-Barbera hatch a plan for ‘Stop The Pigeon’… Well… maybe. One thing’s for sure: jazz rarely gets finer than when Bird and Miles Davis wing it above a rhythm section powered by drummer Max Roach.

EELS and Jellyfish both made waves with their respective diversions into wonky alt.pop, with the latter’s ‘Tiger In My Tank’ still proving a career highlight (if alarming domestic situation) that can be found on their upcoming The Complete DreamWorks Albums LP box set.

Speaking of domestic situations: the feline of the species is well known for its insolence. You call a dog and, chances are, it’ll come running. Cats, however, are a law unto themselves – out all hours, getting up to who-knows-what… The man currently calling himself Yusuf Stevens, but more popularly known as Cat Stevens, is a case in point, as he sets off ‘On The Road Find Out’. Hope he’s wearing a raincoat; The Byrds predict a downpour, courtesy of a cover of Neil Young’s downbeat classic, ‘(See The Sky) About To Rain’.

Still with our eyes on the skies, Camel’s elegant ‘The Snow Goose’ brings the playlist in softly to land, before the man born Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr, aka Snoop to the D-O-Double-G, pops up in the back end with some super smooth doggystyle: ‘Drop It Like It’s Hot’.


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