Pink Floyd – “Dogs” from Animals (1977)
I am among those who believe that punk saved rock and roll. It took on the creative, energetic mantle of its dying father. Indeed, a lot of classic-era rock artists had trouble coping with punk. Most of them were growing tired and could no longer maintain the rebelliousness or creativity of their glory days. Thus, the late 70s and 1980s saw the release of several horrible rock albums from rock mainstays like the Rolling Stones, Neil Young, and Bob Dylan. But there were some brilliant exceptions. For instance, NY’s Rust Never Sleeps is a terrific punk-era rock album. But even that seems a bit aged, a tad crotchety.
Pink Floyd’s Animals, in my opinion, was the ideal punk-era, non-punk album. It did not have the brash, youthful energy of the Clash or the Sex Pistols and the Floyd maintained their high-polish production, which was anathema to the punk movement. However, it is among the bitterest and most honest albums of the era, punk included. It is an encyclopedia of how disgusting, stupid, awful, and weak people are. Yet, in the spirit of all great art, it offers hope and redemption in its bookends.
The enclosed track, “Dogs,” is the album’s centerpiece.
Not only is this an important document in rock history, it is also very rewarding to listen to.
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