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Bulls On Parade: Our Favorite Songs About Livestock

It's almost Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo time again. Our annual celebration of sub-par country music and pissed-off bovines stomping poor fools' nuts in the dirt kicks off March 2 and runs for almost three weeks. During which Houstonians will enjoy traffic-delaying wagon trains and more douchebags in spotless Stetsons than at any time since the Urban Cowboy days. But we at Rocks Off want to remind everyone what this event is really supposed to be about: The livestock. So as our contribution to the next two weeks of Rodeo hype, here are our selections for best songs about domesticated animals raised for food or profit.

Rage Against the Machine, "Bulls on Parade"

RAtM is still one of our favorite major label anarcho-socialist alterna-rock-rap band. And regardless of how you view their politics, Tom Morello still shreds.

The Judy's, "Dogs"

Honestly, we wanted to put up a clip of "Moo," since it fits the theme better (dogs aren't really livestock), but couldn't find it anywhere. Any excuse to include Pearland's favorite sons is one we'll take, however.

Pink Floyd, AnimalsAnimals

gets unfairly lost in the shuffle of

Dark Side of the Moon

,

Wish You Were Here

and

The Wall

. It's also the last Floyd album not devoted entirely to Roger Waters' daddy issues.

Ren & Stimpy, "Royal Anthem of the Kilted Yaksmen"R&S

was, along with Ralph Bakshi's

Mighty Mouse

, one of the most subversive cartoons ever to masquerade as "children's entertainment." God bless John K, and god bless the Royal Canadian Kilted Yaksmen.

Manic Street Preachers, "Donkeys"

The Manics' interest in raising livestock sadly died with Richey Edwards' disappearance. Animal husbandry is poorer for it.

The Beatles, "Piggies"

To hear Charles Manson tell it, the Fab Four owe their fame to him. And as far as we're concerned, any homeless drifter who can command people to kill for him is not someone to be argued with.

The Go-Betweens, "Cattle and Cane"

The G-Bs were right up there with Goanna and Real Life in the category of Underappreciated Aussie '80s Bands. Mock us if you must, but Rocks Off loves us some airy Down Under pop.

Nine Inch Nails, "March of the Pigs"

Jeez Trent, we take back all our snotty "pseudo-industrial" comments we made during the

Pretty Hate Machine

era. Now take some X and calm down. And maybe you should call that Marilyn kid up and try to make nice.

The Cult, "American Horse"

Rocks Off once drove with a buddy from College Station to Colorado Springs and back without sleep, and The Cult's

Sonic Temple

was one of the only tapes in the car. The fact that we still love this song, even after hearing it about a hundred times in a 30-hour period, is testament to its greatness.

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