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Noninsect Arthropods in Popular Music.

Coelho JR - Insects (2011)

Bottom Line: Three noninsect arthropod album titles were found from the early 1970s, then none appear until 1990.Giant and chimeric album covers were the most common of themes, indicating the use of these animals to inspire fear and surprise.The lyrics of select songs are presented to illustrate the diversity of sentiments present, from camp spookiness to edibility.

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Affiliation: Biology Program, Quincy University, 1800 College Ave., Quincy, IL 62301, USA. coelhjo@quincy.edu.

ABSTRACT
The occurrence of noninsect arthropods in popular music was examined in order to explore human attitudes toward these species, especially as compared to insects. Crustaceans were the most commonly referenced taxonomic group in artist names, album titles and cover art, followed by spiders and scorpions. The surprising prevalence of crustaceans may be related to the palatability of many of the species. Spiders and scorpions were primarily used for shock value, as well as totemic qualities of strength and ferocity. Spiders were the most abundant group among song titles, perhaps because of their familiarity to the general public. Three noninsect arthropod album titles were found from the early 1970s, then none appear until 1990. Older albums are difficult to find unless they are quite popular, and the resurgence of albums coincides with the rise of the internet. After 1990, issuance of such albums increased approximately linearly. Giant and chimeric album covers were the most common of themes, indicating the use of these animals to inspire fear and surprise. The lyrics of select songs are presented to illustrate the diversity of sentiments present, from camp spookiness to edibility.

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Mentions: The first noninsect arthropod albums appear in the early 1970s. No further examples appear until 1990, when such works increase in frequency approximately linearly to the present (Figure 2). The increasing number of arthropodic albums would seem to indicate a concomitant interest in these species. This temporal trend is similar to that observed among insects in music [5] and cockroaches in film [2] and suffers from some of the same biases. More recent albums are overrepresented in online sales, as older material does not sell as well. The total number of album releases is likely to be increasing at a rate that, being unknown, cannot be controlled for. The earliest noninsect arthropod album I could find was Noggins's Crab Tunes from 1971. David Bowie's The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars followed in 1972, then Jimmy Buffet's classic A White Sport Coat and a Pink Crustacean in 1973. These albums illustrate the difficulty of finding older releases. Noggins's Crab Tunes was mentioned by in a volume on music history [11], but is apparently out of print. Bowie's Spiders is quite well known and presumably still sells. Jimmy Buffett's Crustacean made it into the data mostly because of the author's prior awareness of it, though it is still available. The early history of musical insect groups was recently examined [12], and only one noninsect arthropod group was mentioned. Known as Webb and His Spiders, it is not clear that they ever released any albums, and they dated from the 1930s, well before the rock-and-roll era [13]. It is curious that no albums related to noninsect arthropods issued between 1973 and 1990 could be found, though the resurgence of releases is strikingly coincident with the timing of the rise of the internet. It is probable that such albums exist, but are not well documented in online sources. Similar gaps are noted in the issuance of arthropodic films [1].


Noninsect Arthropods in Popular Music.

Coelho JR - Insects (2011)

Number of noninsect arthropod albums released over time.
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f2-insects-02-00253: Number of noninsect arthropod albums released over time.
Mentions: The first noninsect arthropod albums appear in the early 1970s. No further examples appear until 1990, when such works increase in frequency approximately linearly to the present (Figure 2). The increasing number of arthropodic albums would seem to indicate a concomitant interest in these species. This temporal trend is similar to that observed among insects in music [5] and cockroaches in film [2] and suffers from some of the same biases. More recent albums are overrepresented in online sales, as older material does not sell as well. The total number of album releases is likely to be increasing at a rate that, being unknown, cannot be controlled for. The earliest noninsect arthropod album I could find was Noggins's Crab Tunes from 1971. David Bowie's The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars followed in 1972, then Jimmy Buffet's classic A White Sport Coat and a Pink Crustacean in 1973. These albums illustrate the difficulty of finding older releases. Noggins's Crab Tunes was mentioned by in a volume on music history [11], but is apparently out of print. Bowie's Spiders is quite well known and presumably still sells. Jimmy Buffett's Crustacean made it into the data mostly because of the author's prior awareness of it, though it is still available. The early history of musical insect groups was recently examined [12], and only one noninsect arthropod group was mentioned. Known as Webb and His Spiders, it is not clear that they ever released any albums, and they dated from the 1930s, well before the rock-and-roll era [13]. It is curious that no albums related to noninsect arthropods issued between 1973 and 1990 could be found, though the resurgence of releases is strikingly coincident with the timing of the rise of the internet. It is probable that such albums exist, but are not well documented in online sources. Similar gaps are noted in the issuance of arthropodic films [1].

Bottom Line: Three noninsect arthropod album titles were found from the early 1970s, then none appear until 1990.Giant and chimeric album covers were the most common of themes, indicating the use of these animals to inspire fear and surprise.The lyrics of select songs are presented to illustrate the diversity of sentiments present, from camp spookiness to edibility.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Biology Program, Quincy University, 1800 College Ave., Quincy, IL 62301, USA. coelhjo@quincy.edu.

ABSTRACT
The occurrence of noninsect arthropods in popular music was examined in order to explore human attitudes toward these species, especially as compared to insects. Crustaceans were the most commonly referenced taxonomic group in artist names, album titles and cover art, followed by spiders and scorpions. The surprising prevalence of crustaceans may be related to the palatability of many of the species. Spiders and scorpions were primarily used for shock value, as well as totemic qualities of strength and ferocity. Spiders were the most abundant group among song titles, perhaps because of their familiarity to the general public. Three noninsect arthropod album titles were found from the early 1970s, then none appear until 1990. Older albums are difficult to find unless they are quite popular, and the resurgence of albums coincides with the rise of the internet. After 1990, issuance of such albums increased approximately linearly. Giant and chimeric album covers were the most common of themes, indicating the use of these animals to inspire fear and surprise. The lyrics of select songs are presented to illustrate the diversity of sentiments present, from camp spookiness to edibility.

No MeSH data available.


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