Spring’s here. Summer’s right around the corner. And you know what that means. Things with wings. Things that crawl. Things that bite and sting. That’s right: insects. Here’s some songs about the nightmarish creatures who share our planet. (To listen to this or any of our other playlists via Spotify, click here.)
“Antmusic,” Adam And The Ants
“Don’t step on an ant, you’ll end up back and blue, you cut off his head, legs come looking for you.” Ugh…
“Insects,” Altered Images
Before they were cute, before they embraced pop stardom, Altered Images were Lil’ Siouxsie and the Banshee Babies. This is them at their most Junior Banshee-esque
“The Butterfly Collector,” The Jam
Lyrically, this song is close kin to “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” by Elton John. Paul Weller’s loathing of the upper-class dilettante slumming in his milieu is just that bit more visceral. There was time when Weller was writing good enough songs that he could throw this away as a b-side.
“Hey There Little Insect,” Jonathan Richman And The Modern Lovers
Many artists have attempted to present themselves as wide-eyed naive grown-up children and it generally comes off creepy and uncomfortable. Jonathan Richman just about stayed on the right side of the man-child divide.
“Honey For The Bees,” Alison Moyet
From the debut solo album that was supposed propel her to international mainstream superstardom but ended up convincing her that the last thing she wanted to be was an international mainstream superstar.
“Human Fly,” The Cramps
We will never see their like again. Thankfully.
“Caterpillar,” The Cure
Almost every Cure song sounds like it could be about an insect.
From the universally-dismissed The Hunter. Perhaps better than it originally seemed?
“Loco Mosquito,” Iggy Pop
Iggy’s Eighties Arista era was a weird half-hearted attempt to make him MTV famous and radio friendly. Here is evidence as to why that was never going to happen.
“New Romance,” Spider
Written by Holly Knight, covered by Lisa Hartman on Knots Landing, should have been a HUGE hit. Still sounds great.
“Love And A Molotov Cocktail,” The Flys
Endearing post-punk anthem with a once—heard-never-forgotten chorus.
“King Of The Flies,” Fad Gadget
More flies. How do they know to get in the house but they never know how to get out?