Ongoing History Daily: The dog in “Been Caught Stealing”

One of the great alt-rock songs of the early 90s is “Been Caught Stealing’” by Jane’s Addiction. If you know the song, you’ll know it features the sound of a barking dog. What’s that all about?

The dog’s name was Annie, who had been adopted by singer Perry Farrell from an LA rescue centre. Annie, as you might guess, was a little needy and didn’t like it when her human left for the day. Feeling bad for her, Perry took her to the studio the day he was recording some vocals. When he put on his headphones, Annie was a little confused and started barking.

It just so happens that the tape was running and those desperate “what-are-you-putting-on-your-head” barks were captured. Afterward, it was decided to add Annie to the song—and it works.

Yesterday’s post speculated on the real end of Oasis.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ 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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