Down here on the farm we've been waiting for this descent of herds of cicadas that just don't seem to be coming. Most non-storming nights of the last three weeks, there's been a deafening roar from the woods, but hardly any have actually shown up anywhere to be seen. We've had only maybe a few dozen in the yard and on the lane.
Anticipation of this apparent non-event, however, has caused me to dig up every kind of insect related song. Naturally, I've mixed them down to a kick-ass bug-themed CD mix. This works out about 77:30:
*Hurry Down Doomsday - Elvis Costello
"Any day now a giant insect mutation
Will swoop down and devour the white man's burden"
*Doodle Bug - Doc Watson
The Doc Watson Family album is a totally necessary classic.
*The Cockroach That Ate Cincinnati - Rose and the Arrangement
*Spiderman - Original TV theme
Now we move into the spider section- including three unique arrangements of the basic theme song.
*Spiders & Snakes - Jim Stafford
*Spiderman Theme - Moxy Fruvous
This bunch of Canucks are highly underappreciated, and do some really cool things particularly with vocal harmony singing. Not applicable to this mix, but hunt down also their outstanding version of the Roadrunner theme.
*The Itsy Bitsy Spider - Little Richard
This comes from a pretty good children's AIDS benefit album a few years back that also includes outstanding contributions from Springsteen and Dylan.
*Boris the Spider - The Who
John Entwistle's best ever song.
*Spiderman Theme - The Ramones
*Dune Buggy - Presidents of the United States of America
Coupla fat spiders driving around in a cool dune buggy finish out the spider section.
*Bugs - Pearl Jam
I generally give a rat's ass about Pearl Jam, but this is pretty distinctive and amusing.
*High Hopes - Frank Sinatra
Who the hell did that little ant think he was, anyway?
*Insect Equal Rights Press Conference - Jason Younger
A little comedy bit about a Chigro-American demanding his rights. I first ran into this on the late lamented mp3.com, but Mr Younger has re-surfaced.
*Love Is Like a Butterfly - Dolly Parton
A few nice butterfly songs make it pretty.
*All My Little Words - Magnetic Fields
Exactly the things that make his lover so appealing mean that he won't be able to keep her. Thus the central metaphor of the song,
"You are a splendid butterfly
It is your wings that make you beautiful"
Bug gimmicks aside, this is one of the most beautiful songs ever written.