My sister is obsessed with chickens. Like, seriously. She has a kitchen full of kitschy chicken stuff. Any time there's a call for a nickname to put on the back of a t-shirt, she goes for something poultry-related. She does a mean chicken impression (hen-pression? OK, maybe not): it's just not Christmas in my family without her clucked rendition of "Carol of the Bells." She even has a seriously awesome chicken tattoo on her forearm. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that we grew up in a small, rural Midwestern farming town where many friends' families kept chickens. Maybe it's part of the new hipster trend of urban coops. We don't know how to explain it, other than that she's an, um, odd duck.
So what, exactly, does her fowl fixation have to do with music? Well, a few years ago, I started compiling a master list of chicken-related music: songs that reference chickens, songs that include chicken noises, songs that just, well, rock out with their cluck out. And guess what? It turns out that there are not only a LOT of chicken songs in rock and pop history (perhaps my sister isn't alone in her OCD -- Obsessive Chicken Disorder), but that, amassed, they make for one hell of a decent mix.