Animal Friendly Music

Music can be many things to many people, and like all forms of art it can be appreciated on many different levels. Often behind the appeal of a pleasing tune or an interesting melody, something more lasting can be revealed. Given my interest in exploring the positive and negative interactions which can occur between humans and animals, I was pleased to recently discover two fantastic ‘songs with conscience’.

While both songs (and their respective artists) are very different in style, they each offer listeners much to reflect on from an animal rather than a human perspective. Aside from the questions raised by their lyrics, these songs are also supported by some wonderful visuals in their accompanying videos.

The first song is by The Tongue (from their album Shock & Awe) and is called ‘Animal Crackers‘ (featuring Dudley Perkins and Georgia Anne Muldrow). This hip-hop flavoured track is seriously catchy and has a real happy pop vibe while keeping things pretty rough and raw. In short, the song addresses the impacts that humans have on animal life, and suggests some of the ways that animals may feel about and react to their treatment.

In the darkness of the night, we see you, we see how you do
How you bring death (death), love to see life take it’s last breath (breath)
So just confess, you humans are such a mess (such a mess)
You need to give it a rest, your car’s smoke is starting to eat up at my chest
Not to mention how it’s treating all the rest, of life
Oh how we have to fight to live our life!

The second song is by Royksopp (from their album Melody A.M.) and is called ‘Poor Leno‘. This song, which is part electronica and part escapist house, builds a dreamy sound while highlighting all that is disturbing about animals kept in captivity. The song beautifully and tragically documents the impacts of removing an animal from its natural habitat simply for the entertainment of humans. Looking at animals behind bars or through the glass into a ‘simulated environment’ will never feel quite the same again after watching this video.

Poor Leno
Where you’ll be, I’ll go
Where you’ll be, I’ll know
Where you’ll be, I’ll find you


  1. Jo

    Hi Tracey,

    Good to see you posting again, with a fun post 🙂
    I liked the second one, I always like their stuff.

    Jo’s last blog post..Boots

  2. jan

    How charming.

    Although I do have to say I have spent many hours and money supporting some fantastic zoos. No cages. They are more like resorts. My love for animals and that of my children was nurtured there.

    jan’s last blog post..For a police dog it’s all in a day’s work

  3. PaulS (gingatao)

    Yayay, i got the quiz question right again. beautiful songs, the power of music, where it comes from and how it works, has fascinated me for a long long time, why do minor chords sound sad to everyone? Lovely songs, thanks,

  4. Ricardo

    Very interesting musical finds Tracey. The 2nd video reminded me of a video by Gorillaz for some reason. Animation style I think.

    The first one is very funny and could run on a kids show but I can see some parents getting annoyed by it. No matter, it’s all good.

    My blog is back BTW.

  5. John

    I just came back to check out “Poor Leno” again. It really is a fabulous track… I think the video actually sends me off in all sorts of different directions, it’s so thematically rich (ooh, get me!)…
    but it really is so evocative.

    John’s last blog post..Wingpleat (illustrated by Becca)

  6. Tracey

    Hi Jo – Thanks so much for your wonderful encouraging words! 8) …they are always much appreciated…

    Poor Leno is just a wonderful track and a wonderful film clip…I’ll have to dig out there other tracks, I only really know a few others.

  7. Tracey

    Hi Jan – I too have spent a lot of time at zoos / wildlife enclosures…I’ve found my attitude towards them has had its ups and downs, and I still haven’t come to any great conclusion. They do offer an important opportunity to see ‘in the flesh’ animals that we’d otherwise have to travel to find.

  8. Tracey

    Hi PaulS – You always have the right answers!! There are so many beautiful songs in the world, that sometimes I feel overwhelmed by the choice. I do always enjoy stumbling across something new though…fate is a powerful revealer of many interesting things.

  9. Tracey

    Hi Ricardo – Welcome Back!!! I hope you enjoyed your break from your blog…I’ll come and visit soon. I think your right on the Gorillaz connection – especially in the way the eyes look…very similar styles.

  10. Tracey

    Hi John – Lovely to see you hear…sorry for my slackness of late. I certainly hope you’ve been well.

    I think I’ve watched the video ‘Poor Leno’ more than enough times, but you’re right, there is so much to explore in his world. It’s sad and wonderful all at the same time.

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