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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The Presidents of the United States of America - "Kitty"

As a kid I only owned a few albums that I listened to over and over. Sixteen Stone by Bush, Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morissette, the Dangerous Minds soundtrack, and the self-titled debut by The Presidents of the United States of America. The Presidents are an interesting group. They are a trio who write pop songs about animals and cars. The song being highlighted today epitomizes their songwriting style. 

"Kitty" is a song about, well, you guessed it, a cat. It's a stray cat who's looking for a place to stay and for someone to give it some loving. Unfortunately, like most cats, it becomes unsatisfied and attacks the hand that pets it.

This song stirs up some wonderful childhood memories because it reminds me of a great dog: my friend Ben's dog, Jenny. This song opens up with the group meowing. Every single time we would listen to this song, Jenny would think a real cat was in the room and start barking at the speakers. Here's to you, Jenny.  I hope you're out there somewhere enjoying this song.

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