Why are there no good studies on chickens in popular culture? We'll have to rectify that, won't we? We start at my subconscious. In the eighties, in my teens, I used to buy the NME, the New Musical Express, a British music paper. Every now and then it would have a free cassette with it, or even a record. On one occasion it had an EP, with Bronski Beat, I think, and U2, and two other artists. The U2 track was Wire (Dub Mix). At some point after this I had a dream in which I had a record which looked like that one, although I don't think I was aware of the real one in my dream. I can't tell you anything about the contents except that the U2 track was called Calling Chicken Brigade. I think I heard it in the dream, and remembered it afterwards enough to know that it sounded like it was the same track. The real EP was in 1985, and I've just found out (while researching this piece) that in 1986 when recording demos for their next album they did a track called Drunk Chicken/America, which came out on the album's deluxe edition in 2007. I wonder when my dream was, in relation to the conception of the song. It was done with Allen Ginsberg, apparently. But what about chickens that are in popular culture proper, rather than obscure U2 tracks both real and dr
Cover of Best Dressed Chicken in Towneamt?
Chicken Licken had a stupid name, which sounded like fast food, I doubt that that was the intention. I won't say anything about his friends Goosey Loosey, Turkey Lurkey and so on, as they're not chickens in popular culture and are outwith the scope of this paper. I can tell you that Chicken Licken later made a cameo in the Radiohead song 2+2=5, which was an album opener and a single, albeit not a top smash hit, so is less obscure than either of the U2 ones, despite not mentioning a chicken by name at any point. Radiohead did do a song called Phillipa Chicken, but that was a pretty obscure one, one which predated their records and which was never released.
The game of Chicken is an influential model of conflict for two players in game theory, according to wikipedia, especially amongst students who fancy themselves as James Dean. But that's not really popular culture, is it? I've just found out that someone has already done some work on famous chickens of pop culture, obviously it's not up to my standard but I think they deserve some credit for addressing the matter before I did, so well done dead_c. Some of his entries meet my standards though, like Foghorn Leghorn (which I'd already thought of) and Camilla the Chicken who is the object of Gonzo The Great's affections in The Muppets Show, which I wasn't aware of.
It turns out that Chicken Licken is a fast food chain in South Africa and Botswana, and the story originally comes from Africa. Chicken Little is the same as Chicken Licken, I hadn't seen the film or I'd have known. By the way, I know you were all wondering, I prefer Dr. Alimantado's album Best Dressed Chicken In Town to Northside's album Chicken Rhythms, but they both have their merits and are probably times when I'd be more in the mood for the latter.
I found no movies with Chicken in the name I'd heard of apart from the aforememtioned Chicken Little, and Chicken Run, which as I recall was not bad. As for characters, Chicken George doesn't count, but Crackers The Corporate Crime Fighting Chicken from Michael Moore's TV Nation does, and was great, even if Michael has recently disappointed me when I found out that he is a devout Catholic, there's no sign that Crackers is religious. Michael Moore and Tony Blair sitting in a tree, p-r-a-y-i-n-g.
The Iron Chicken in The Clangers! How could I forget that? The Iron Chicken lives in the sky, and is metal, and you can't beat that. The Iron Chicken is the top dog, the chicken that all other pop culture chickens want to be. What better way to go out than with a quote from Foghorn Leghorn: "I say, I say, boy, The Iron Chicken is the chicken I want to be." Have I missed anything? I don't think so, but if I have, you know what to do.
that's all from me for now
see you around
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