Today’s song is from Pink Floyd. And on this date in 1996 they were inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with David Bowie Tom Donahue, The Jefferson Airplane, Gladys Knight And The Pips, Little Willie John, Pete Seeger, The Shirelles and The Velvet Underground.
I chose the song Dogs today because this whole album is in my opinion one of the bands better albums, but obviously both The Wall and The Dark Side of The Moon are the most recognizable because of all the hit songs that came from both.
According to the wikipedia article about this album, it says the following.
Animals is the tenth studio album by English rock band Pink Floyd, released on 21 January 1977 through Harvest Records and Columbia Records. It was self-produced at Pink Floyd’s Britannia Row Studios in London throughout 1976. The album continued the long-form compositions that made up their previous works such as Meddle (1971), and Wish You Were Here (1975).
A lyrical departure from Pink Floyd’s previous albums, Animals is a concept album that focuses on the sociopolitical conditions of mid-1970s Britain. Tension within the band during production culminated in keyboardist Richard Wright’s firing two years after the album’s release. The cover, conceived by the band’s bassist and lead songwriter Roger Waters and designed by long-time collaborator Storm Thorgerson, shows an inflatable pig floating between two chimneys of Battersea Power Station.
Pink Floyd released no singles from Animals but promoted it through the In the Flesh tour. Waters’ agitation with audiences during this tour inspired their next album, The Wall (1979). Animals reached number 2 in the UK and number 3 in the US. It initially received mixed reviews, but gained more favourable reviews in later years, and is considered one of the band’s best works.
The thing I like about this album is that there are only 5 tracks with Dogs being the longest. 3 of the tracks were over 10 minutes each.
This song is so popular that not only was the song covered but so was the entire album, Les Claypool’s Frog Brigade performed and released a live version of “Dogs” on the album Live Frogs Set 2 (2001). The entire album is a complete performance of Pink Floyd’s Animals album, recorded in October 2000.