In past articles we’ve looked at classic Floyd songs like Echoes and Comfortably Numb, which both are favourites to many and the essence of David’s tone from two eras.Still, the song that brings out the enthusiastic grin on most of us is of course Dogs.
As the warm, organic almost comforting sound on Wish You Were Here is a powerful contrast to Roger’s lyrics about alienation and psychological absence, Animals is a throughout cold and sterile album underlining some of the most aggressive lyrics Roger has ever written.
Animals and perhaps Dogs in particular includes some of David’s most untypical and innovative work.
This only strengthens the aggressive feel of the album and David’s playing cuts through the mix like a sharp knife running right through your spine.
While the studio version includes acoustic guitars for the rhythms David would play this on his Telecaster as in 1974-75 only now with the Electric Mistress, instead of the Phase 90 (on the first 3-4 shows he would use the Phase 100).
This approach also makes a nice contrast to the seemingly prog oriented structure of the song.