12 songs for the Chinese year of the pig

We have entered the year of the pig. Here’s what Chinese zodiac astrologers predict for you over the next twelve months. Interesting that if you were born in 1971, you are a Metal Pig.

This brings to me to a rather arbitrary list of pig songs–12 of them, in fact.

1. Pink Floyd, Pigs (Three Different Ones)

There are plenty of pig-related songs on the 1977 album, Animals. I’ve picked this one.

2. Nine Inch Nails, March of the Pigs

Trent Reznor had a minor obsession with pig metaphors around the time of The Downward Spiral. Here’s an example.

3. Black Sabbath, War Pigs

A classic from 1970’s Paranoid album. It’s been covered oodles of times since then.

4. Suede, We Are the Pigs

The first single from 1994’s Dog Man Star album.

5. The Beatles, Piggies

A George Harrison commentary on greed and consumerism from the white album.

6. Jane’s Addiction, Pigs in Zen

This track was released twice, first on the band’s self-titled indie album and then in 1987 on Nothing’s Shocking.

7. Green Jelly, Three Little Pigs

Originally called Green Jello, the band had to change their name because of threats from the Jello people. Fun fact: Tool drummer Danny Carey was a member for a while in the early 90s.

8. Queens of the Stone Age, Run Pig Run

An album track from Era Vulgaris in 2007.

9. Ministry, Filth Pig

Both the title track and a song from Uncle Al’s sixth album. The title comes from the time when a British MP referred to Al as a “filthy pig.”

10. GWAR, Triumph of the Pig Children

A track from Battle Maximus in 2013.

11. Mickey Hart, Pigs in Space

Something dating to 1990 from one of the Grateful Dead’s drummers.

12. Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs, The Wizard and the Seven Swines

Perhaps the ultimate pig song comes from this Newcastle psych-rock band. I mean, how can it not be?

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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