View Full Version : Music about Sealife

04-20-2011, 11:34 PM
From Schubert's Trout Quintet to The Beatles' "Octopus's Garden", throw 'em out there...

04-21-2011, 12:22 AM
Debussy's "La Mer"
"Victory at Sea"
"How Deep is the Ocean?"
"Dames at Sea"
"By the Sea"

04-21-2011, 12:28 AM
I wrote this (http://soundcloud.com/ellestad/orca) last Friday in my studio.

It was an exercise in speed production with my studio partner. Quite possibly the weirdest thing I've ever done. But hey, it's funky electro-pop about being my bartender and guitarist getting eaten by an orca.

5 hrs start to finish, plus an hour mixing the next day with fresh ears.

Biffy the Elephant Shrew
04-21-2011, 12:29 AM
Jethro Tull: "Sea Lion"
Crosby & Nash: "To the Last Whale"
Yes: "Don't Kill the Whale"
Alan Hovhaness: And God Created Great Whales

Larry Mudd
04-21-2011, 12:49 AM
Suicidal Tendencies - Go Skate!

Billy Ray Cyrus - I Want My Mullet Back

04-21-2011, 01:08 AM
Pearl Jam - Whale Song

04-21-2011, 01:09 AM
Debussy's "La Mer"
"Victory at Sea"
"How Deep is the Ocean?"
"Dames at Sea"
"By the Sea"I thought it obvious, but allow me to clarify. Sealife, not "Life at Sea"

Thank You

04-21-2011, 01:33 AM
St. Saens: Carnival of the Animals - The Aquarium

04-21-2011, 01:46 AM
"Rock Lobster" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDZy6-fMCw4) - The B-52s

Meme Chose
04-21-2011, 01:49 AM
The Mermaid Song
Baby Beluga

04-21-2011, 02:25 AM
Think About Your Troubles (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0te3QPwbqyc), Harry Nilsson

Farewell to Tarwathie (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qV29xK2xyZ4), Judy Collins

The Great Silkie of Sule Skerry (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zZy2Q3QY0Q) (traditional) Joan Baez version

Fins (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UruXWui1EG8), Jimmy Buffet

running coach
04-21-2011, 06:34 AM
Kip Addota-Wet Dream (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6l1GvDWtccI)

04-21-2011, 06:40 AM
Almost too obvious:

I Am the Walrus (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nnpil_pRUiw)


Too Many Fish In The Sea (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ke1D_bLITPA), the Marvelettes

04-21-2011, 07:08 AM
Hey Little Goldfish (http://www.poetv.com/video.php?vid=18380) sung by Richard Dreyfuss in the movie "Hello Down There"

04-21-2011, 07:39 AM
"Under the Sea" from Little Mermaid

Agent Foxtrot
04-21-2011, 07:49 AM
Go into the Water

Bridget Burke
04-21-2011, 08:25 AM
There's Fred Neil, folkie hero (http://www.fredneil.com/searching-for-the-dolphins-the-mysterious-life-of-fred-neil/) who disappeared down South & lived on royalties from "Everybody's Talking" and:

.......perhaps his most powerful and autobiographical song, ‘The Dolphins.’ ‘This old world may never change the way it’s been/And all the ways of war can’t change it back again/I’ve been searchin’for the dolphins in the sea/And sometimes I wonder, do you ever think of me.’

Fred Neil really did go searching for the dolphins in the sea. He retreated to Coconut Grove, Florida and dedicated the rest of his life to dolphin research and preservation. He helped to found the Dolphin Project, an organization dedicated to preventing the capture and exploitation of dolphins worldwide. His interest in dolphins had been there all along, as some years earlier, he had even befriended Cathy, the central character on the television series, ‘Flipper.’

Horatio Hellpop
04-21-2011, 08:55 AM
"Boudreau Was a Nutcase" by the Austin Lounge Lizards (a Cajun bayou re-telling of Moby-Dick)
"Yellow Back Fly" by the Steep Canyon Rangers (also about a fisherman and a trash-talking fish)
"Water" by the Beach Boys
That PJ Harvey song featuring the lyrics "Little fish, big fish/Swimming in the water/Come back here and/Gimme my daughter"

04-21-2011, 08:59 AM

04-21-2011, 09:28 AM
Feist: Sea Lion Woman (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1l7xfuu8ja8) (This is an awesome performance)
Rheostatics: Whale Music (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whale_Music)

Someone took Baby Beluga which is the first one that popped into my mind. And then Bananaphone got in there and my head exploded.

Tom Scud
04-21-2011, 09:30 AM
Jonathan Coulton I Crush Everything (http://www.jonathancoulton.com/wiki/index.php/I_Crush_Everything) (about a giant squid).

(And Furry Old Lobster (http://www.jonathancoulton.com/wiki/index.php/Furry_Old_Lobster). About a furry old lobster.)

04-21-2011, 09:31 AM
Mack the Knife

President Johnny Gentle
04-21-2011, 09:34 AM
Yo La Tengo: The Sounds of the Sounds of Science (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Sounds_of_the_Sounds_of_Science), although its entirely instrumental, being the score to several short documentary films about sea life.

04-21-2011, 09:40 AM
Neko Case's "People Got A Lotta Nerve" has a verse about killer whales.

04-21-2011, 09:50 AM
Elton's Grey Seal may of may not be, depending on how you interpret lyrics that even Bernie has a hard time explaining.

04-21-2011, 09:52 AM
I'm Gonna Eat You Little Fishies (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMlDlu-MTRo#t=00m22s) from Red Dwarf

04-21-2011, 09:53 AM
Fish Heads (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTpUVAcvWfU).

04-21-2011, 09:57 AM
dumdum...dumdumdumdum dumdumdumdum... Jaws!

04-21-2011, 09:57 AM
Ween - The Mollusk (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Mollusk)(Album and title track, and really...almost every other song on the album as well!)

04-21-2011, 10:13 AM
A few Jonathan Coulton goodies:

I Crush Everything (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bw26JBEA9CI) -- about a lonely giant squid who inadvertently crushes everything it loves
Furry Old Lobster (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcmq---FdOg) -- the lesser-known of the species
Seahorse (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rG1XHYdZAlI) -- doomed hippocampus romance

04-21-2011, 10:29 AM
Ween - The Mollusk (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCO1J-xmPGE)

Ween - Mutilated Lips (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mzIHkFJnLbc)

Ike Witt
04-21-2011, 11:30 AM
Gorillaz - Superfast Jellyfish (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4UtbrbsrjY).

04-21-2011, 12:57 PM
Frank Zappa: This Town Is A Sealed Tuna Sandwich;

A song about dead sealife.

Country Joe And The Fish: Happiness Is A Porpoise Mouth, an obvious single-entendre, about sealife in name only.


04-21-2011, 01:07 PM
Another Country Joe tune--Save The Whales (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSfQoC_6Fpk)

04-21-2011, 02:28 PM
Santana Lopez: Trouty Mouth (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8tizlKcSH1A)

04-21-2011, 11:00 PM
Debussy - "Poissons d'Or" ("Goldfish") http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rlKGEU0zLSE&feature=related

Schubert's "Trout" quintet is named that because one movement uses the melody from his song, "The Trout" ("Die Forelle"), performed by the great Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (with subtitles) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NF9DrUXowBo

related: his "Die Fischerreise" ("The Fisherman") http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYzPqx63LKs

The fisherman is not plagued
by cares, grief or sorrow.
In the early morning he casts off
his boat with a light heart.

Round about, peace still lies
over forest, meadow and stream,
with his song the fisherman
bids the golden sun awake.

He sings at his work
from a full, vigorous heart.
His work gives him strength,
his strength exhilarates him.

Soon a bright multitude
will resound in the depths,
and splash
through the watery heavens.

But whoever wishes to set a net
needs good, clear eyes,
must be as cheerful as the waves,
and as free as the tide.

There, on the bridge, the shepherdess
is fishing. Cunning wench,
leave off your tricks!
You won't deceive this fish!

04-21-2011, 11:50 PM
Leona Anderson performs "Fish" (#13) http://blog.wfmu.org/freeform/2007/08/365-days-238---.html

Sam Stone
04-22-2011, 12:44 AM
John Prine - Fish and Whistle (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HuUUspxPCek)

The Smoothies: Three Little Fishies (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=541HKD8alfg)

don't ask
04-22-2011, 12:54 AM
One of the great instrumentals - Albatross (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Viqr6KHwJjc)

Snowboarder Bo
04-22-2011, 11:05 AM
Go into the Water

Actually, the whole album, Dethwater isn't just about sealife, it's music specifically for fish and isn't really meant for humans at all. In fact, many fans who listened to it heard the lyrics to the song Go Into The Water and drowned. cite (http://dethklok.wikia.com/wiki/Dethwater)

Here's a clip of the band playing the song live in the Gulf of Danzig in 2006 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYz6qMbWpAw). Note that the stage and speakers face into the ocean, so the fish can hear it better.

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