We’re all aware what a mare supermarkets are having over the horsemeat scandal but it’s not just our food that’s being contaminated. For years horses have been infiltrating our music taste too.
We’ve harnessed ten tracks to illustrate how they’re galloping inexorably into our consciousness. Hopefully their rein won’t last furlong. Send us your equine earworms via Twitter or the comments box below…
1) Echo & The Bunnymen – Bring On The Dancing Horses:
Liverpool’s Echo & The Bunnymen obviously got horses and cows mixed up when filming the start of this video, using a cow by accident. See, it’s easily done.
2) The Osmonds – Crazy Horses:
The Osmonds telling us how horses were just as much of a menace to society in 1973. They’re miming so badly they’ve actually forgotten to include a drummer here…
3) The Chemical Brothers – Horse Power:
The fourth single from the electronic legend’s seventh album makes for an integral part of their live shows with this video of a horse charging around being projected on huge screens. Scary.
4) Goldfrapp – Ride A White Horse:
There’s definitely no double meaning to this one, taken from 2005’s ominously titled ‘Supernature’
5) The Jim Jones Revue – High Horse:
The Jim Jones Revue with a Jerry Lee Lewis style rockabilly number about a horse that got high. Naughty.
6) Bat For Lashes – Horse And I:
Natasha Khan aka Bat For Lashes actually put a horse on the cover of her 2007 Mercury nominated debut album, controversial.
7) America – A Horse With No Name:
Fleet Foxes here, erm America actually, with a track dedicated to the unnamed horses affected by the scandal…
8) The Thrills – One Horse Town:
The Thrills telling the tale of a town where all the horses except one have been culled for use in burgers
9) Guns N’Roses – Dead Horse:
‘Sometimes I feel like I’ve eaten a dead horse’…
10) Patti Smith - Horses
Well, this had to be in here, really, didn't it?
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So what are your favourite songs about horses? Leave your suggestions in the comments box...
Words by Simon Butcher