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Several Species of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together in a Cave and Grooving with a Pict by Pink Floyd
Album: UmmagummaReleased: 1969
This is Roger Waters' addition to Pink Floyd's ambitious album Ummagumma
. One disc of the album is live performances of old songs, and the other is a composition from each member of the band.
The sounds of the "small furry animals" were actually created by Roger Waters and mixed in at varying speeds to make them sound somewhat realistic.
There is a hidden message at about 4:22 into the song. If played at a slower speed, you can hear a voice (most likely either Waters or guitarist David Gilmour) say, "That was pretty avant-garde, wasn't it?"
The Picts were an ancient people of northern Britain, who in the 9th century AD co-founded the kingdom of Scotland with the Scots. Waters does his best Scottish impression on this song.
The album's title, Ummagumma
, is British slang for sex. It might also be taken as a synonym for Rock & Roll music itself, since the phrase "Rock & Roll" originated as sexual slang.