Win Nick’s Esteem [Extended]


Thank Jim Steinman it’s Friday.

This week’s voucher-less music corner is in honour of the late, great Meat Loaf  RIP.

Taking Bat Out Of Hell as our inspiration, this week I want to know: What’s your favourite song about or referencing an animal?

Here’s mine.

Please include video links if possible.

Lines close on Saturday at Midnight.


The Bangles – Manic Monday

Last week, in honour of Ronnie Spector’s passing, I asked for your favourite song by a girl group. The Tec Dr won my esteem with this entry.

“It has to be the catchy as hell Manic Monday written by the Genius Prince and recorded by The Bangles. The piano motif in the song is something else.”

Nick says: Congrats Tec Dr and thanks to everyone who entered.

Last week: Win Nick’s Esteem

Pic: Steamboat Records, Limerick

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55 thoughts on “Win Nick’s Esteem [Extended]

    1. Moira Cardiff

      ‘Me and you and a dog named Boo.’ Lobo. Failing that Christmas carol ‘Little Donkey’…..

  1. Fergalito

    I’ve always been partial to this Silver Jews ditty “I’m Getting Back Into Getting Back Into You” composed by the late and great David Berman. Fortunate to have seen him in Whelans in the ought oughts I think it was…

    Tenuous in terms of the theme this week but I love the line “like a brown bird nesting in a Texaco sign, I got a point of view”

    1. Otis Blue

      Herman was a fantastic lyricist

      On theme:

      “Four dogs in the distance each stands for a silence.
      Bluebirds lodged in an evergreen altar…
      I’m gonna shine out in the wild kindness
      and hold the world to its word…”

      Here’s Berman’s The Wild Kindness covered by his ex-wife Cassie, Bill Callahan, Will Oldham and others.

  2. The Millie Obnoxious™

    I’m gonna throw Year of the Cat by Al Stewart into the mix because it’s a great song with a great melody (I just love that piano), it’s ideal for prancing around the house after a few glasses of wine and, most importantly, it’s named after my favourite animal.

    1. Slow down

      Stay on that mountain Bro!

      Roll up. Don’t fall down.
      Designate a driver, one who’s not a clown.

  3. Otis Blue

    Introducing some prime Greek psychedelic/prog rock from a concept album based on the Book of Revelations…

    Featuring Vangelis and 70’s kaftan-clad crooner, Demis Roussos, sleigh bells and some Stone Roses ‘Second Coming’ era guitar riffs.

    Aphrodite’s Child – The Four Horsemen

  4. Otis Blue

    “You saw the masterpiece, she looks a lot like me
    Wrapping my left arm round your right
    Ready to walk you through the night
    Old friends, old mothers, dogs and brothers
    There’s only so much letting go you can ask someone to do
    So I keep you by my side, I will not give you to the tide…”

    Big Thief – Masterpiece

  5. Slow down

    Before I fall down the back of my sofa, THANK YOU NICK.
    You turned me on to televís last week, and I’ll accept that as my prize.

    You don’t have to win to be a winner on Fridays, or any other day.
    Never stop doing this Bro.
    – You do it too well.

  6. CapernosityandFunction

    Congratulations to The Tec Dr on the win.

    This week, however, I am calling for VAR (Video and Audio Referee) to intervene. Even though Manic Monday is a good song, no way is it more worthy of Nick’s Esteem than Our Lips Are Sealed.

    Having sunk my chance of winning this week I still propose a classic track, relentless and powerful:

    Patti Smith – Horses

  7. Slow down

    How old are the people on this website?
    I used to think I was the oldest, and I won’t be 61 until September.
    I’m doubting it more every day. The rest of you are ancient.

    Also, Black Dog by Led Zeppelin.
    First time I heard it played live was by a band called The Hype, Bushy Park, Terenure… and it was raining.
    Bono remembers.

    They were the only band brave enough to take the stage in the rain. The other 3 bands chickened out.

    True story

  8. Ronnie

    Thanksgivings coming on the Fourth of July
    In the form of a girl with a needle in her eye
    Well she come from out west on a nickel worth of gas
    Got her mind on her money and her dope up her ass.
    Butthole surfers – the lord is a monkey

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