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Sunday, April 19, 2009

CRYPTO SONGS: Shane picks up the gauntlet

Shane, our North Carolina representative wrote this to me yesterday:

Hi Jon,

It was great to hear from Jon Downes and the Amphibians from Outer Space, in the latest "On The Track".

I was thinking about your challenge to come up with cryptozoological related songs, being the music aficionado that I am. Immediately, some spring to mind. The first is always Synchronicity II, by the Police. Then of course, "Werewolves of London", "Godzilla", "Frankenstein", and "Walk the Dinosaur", by Was Not Was. These are all a bit of a stretch, except for Synchronicity II. So, I will keep thinking.

Take care my friend, and have a great weekend.
Very Best Wishes,

This made me think, and I wrote back telling him that I was not sure where he was going with this, but that I was enjoying it and to carry on..

He replied:

Hi Jon,

I really think that you're on to something mate, with these cryptozoological related songs. The whole CFZ family can play along.

Do you realize, that if you expanded the scope of songs just a little, to encompass fortean related material, then you would literally blow the entire bloody roof off? Some examples are, "Black Magic Woman" by Santana, or Fleetwood Mac, "Ain't Superstitious" by Jeff Beck and Rod Stewart, "Children of the Grave", by Black Sabbath, "Sympathy for the Devil", "Come Sail Away" by Styx, "Season of the Witch" by Donovan, and the list goes on and on.

So, for right now, I will stick to strictly cryptozoologically related songs. I have to say, that my all time favorite in that category, and a very cool, trippy, song, is "Fairies Wear Boots", by Black Sabbath. You have Ozzy on vocals, tripped out lyrics, and cool psychedelic guitar. What's not to love?

Take care Jon. Have A Great weekend.

Very Best Wishes,


P.S. Honorable mention must go to a very cool Queen song, entitled "Dragon Attack".

So, over to you guys. I will start the ball rolling with "Alley Oop" (I think it is spelled like that), which is a song about a caveman. David Bowie pinched the punchline of the song (which was covered by The Beach Boys amongst others, by including "look at that caveman go" in his song Life on Mars, and on his next album started a song by claiming "I'm an alligator"...

But there must me more!


Neil A said...

I recall when crypto songs were a regular feature in Animals & Men, I think Neil Nixon did the articles. I think having 'dragons' in the titles is cheating!! So many metal tracks to do with dragons, and even dinosaurs so it's got to stay strictly crypto me thinks....and don't forget there's several songs pertaining to the Chupacabras, and I'll be digging out several crusty old psych tracks.

Nick Redfern said...

There are, of course, several Ramones songs: "Animal-Boy;" "Ape-Man Hop;" and "Freak of Nature."

Neil A said...

That's more like it...