Songs mentioning kangaroos - #2 - Bedbugs and Ballyhoo - Echo and the Bunnymen

Kangaroos - family group
@JudyEv (123167)
Bunbury, Australia
November 13, 2017 5:01pm CST
The second song I’ve chosen that mentions kangaroos is by Echo and the Bunnymen and it’s called Bedbugs and Ballyhoo. Although I’ve read all the lyrics I don’t really have any idea what’s it’s about but I like the sound they create. The photo shows a doe and her yearling joey who is drinking from her pouch. The one on the right is a buck or male. Notice how his arms are much longer and more muscled than the does. He doesn’t have to bend over very far at all until his hands reach the ground in contrast to the much shorter arms of the doe. The bucks are weightier and taller than the does. The kangaroos in our area are Western Greys and the does are sometimes called ‘blue flyers’ as some are a greyish-blue colour and they are very fast. It isn’t really usual to see a ‘family’ group like this. If there is a large mob of 20 or 30 there will be a few bucks among the group but this one is obviously courting the doe. We often see groups of three but it is usually a doe, a yearling joey and the current joey. They are very family oriented although if something frightens them it is every kangaroo for itself, except for the smallest joeys who will be desperately trying to clamber back into the pouch. The larger joeys will flee in a panic and the mothers sometimes go in a different direction. I guess this is a survival tactic.
Watch the official music video for Bedbugs and Ballyhoo iTunes: http://smarturl.it/EchoiT Amazon: http://smarturl.it/EchoAmzn Official Website: http://www.bu...
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@DianneN (78116)
• United States
13 Nov
Love the photo and information. I've only seen tan colored kangaroos and boy, could they ever jump fast!!!
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@JudyEv (123167)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Nov
They can motor can't they? And even the tiny ones go like the wind.
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@DianneN (78116)
• United States
14 Nov
@JudyEv They have always fascinated me, Judy.
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@teamfreak16 (41179)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
14 Nov
This is my second favorite song by them. Total Doors sound. The story has been that it's about AIDS, That's at least what I've heard.
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@JudyEv (123167)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Nov
Once again I've never heard of them before.
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@teamfreak16 (41179)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
14 Nov
@JudyEv - They are one of my favorite bands. I've seen them three times.
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@JudyEv (123167)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Nov
@teamfreak16 (Groan)
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@JohnRoberts (56943)
• Los Angeles, California
14 Nov
Echo and the Bunnymen are 80s great.
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@JudyEv (123167)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Nov
I've never heard of them before. I'm a band ignoramus!
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@JohnRoberts (56943)
• Los Angeles, California
14 Nov
@JudyEv What!?! You never heard The Killing Moon?
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@JudyEv (123167)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Nov
@JohnRoberts Stop it! You're making me cringe! ()
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• Preston, England
14 Nov
surprised there could be a list of Kangaroo songs - the only one I can think of is by disgraced performer Rolf Harris (now in jail for child abuse). Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport. Of course, there is always the Skippy theme too
Skippy, Skippy Skippy the Bush Kangaroo Skippy, Skippy Skippy, our friend ever true
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• Preston, England
14 Nov
@JudyEv Kate Bush's The Dreaming refers to them as Kangas
Official music video for the single "The Dreaming" written and produced by British singer Kate Bush. "The Dreaming" is the title song from Kate Bush's fourth...
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@JudyEv (123167)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Nov
@arthurchappell Thanks for the link. I've only just been able to watch it. They are called kangas here but not often. Mostly it's roos
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@TRBRocks420 (77546)
• Banks, Oregon
14 Nov
Good song song and, love the information about the Kangaroos, they are very cool animals.
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@JudyEv (123167)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Nov
I like the sound they make - the band that is. Kangaroos make very little sound.
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• Philippines
14 Nov
@JudyEv what sounds do kangaroos make? can you tell if it's doe, buck, joey, adult? happy? distressed?
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@JudyEv (123167)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Nov
@hereandthere Very occasionally you'll hear them give a sort of cough but that's it. I've heard a joey do it searching for his mum - and subordinate bucks must cough to the dominant buck to signify submission or else the two will fight.
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@ilocosboy (34315)
• Philippines
13 Nov
Maybe I have to check on this because it seems I have not heard of it yet
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@JudyEv (123167)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Nov
I didn't know the song before I went searching for kangaroo songs.
@ilocosboy (34315)
• Philippines
14 Nov
Did you like it?
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@JudyEv (123167)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Nov
@ilocosboy Not particularly. I like the sound the band has but I don't understand the lyrics.
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@nela13 (6923)
• Portugal
14 Nov
Never heard this song. When I start reading this thread this first thing that came to my mind was the song of the movie "Kangaroos' jacket"
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@JudyEv (123167)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Nov
I haven't heard of that movie. Was it anything to do with kangaroos?
@YrNemo (12657)
14 Nov
Interesting music even though I can't understand what it is about. Re: the kangaroo, interesting the way each for its own in time of trouble. Funny really!
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@JudyEv (123167)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Nov
Some of the Mums aren't too worried about our cars but the little ones will panic and take off. In those cases, you can nearly see the Mums give a big sigh and hop off slowly after them.
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@YrNemo (12657)
14 Nov
@JudyEv Glad to know that those mothers still have some strong maternal instinct .
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• Philippines
14 Nov
@JudyEv i was wondering if they ever get lost or separated from their family when they panic and scatter about.
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@jobelbojel (7129)
• Philippines
14 Nov
I haven't seen these lovely creatures in person. Will check the video in a bit. I am heading home.
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@JudyEv (123167)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Nov
The video is just of the band. I have a video of kangaroo photos. I'll try to find the link and add it to one of the discussions.
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• Philippines
15 Nov
@JudyEv I have not seen the video of the song because when I got home, I went straight to the kitchen and ate and sleep.
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@JudyEv (123167)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Nov
@jobelbojel That's fine. I often don't watch videos of bands. Sometimes I don't have time either. I hope you slept well.
@Fleura (7191)
• United Kingdom
15 Nov
I had to see what else you had found. I remember Echo and the Bunnymen well but still don't recognise this song!
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@JudyEv (123167)
• Bunbury, Australia
16 Nov
I'm afraid I've never heard of them.
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@Fleura (7191)
• United Kingdom
16 Nov
@JudyEv They take me back to my schooldays! I wonder what those people are doing now?
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@kepweng (14671)
• Waikoloa, Hawaii
15 Nov
is the Kick of kangaroo can kill a person??
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@JudyEv (123167)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Nov
Yes they can but it very rarely happens.
@just4him (117004)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
14 Nov
The group does have a good sound. Love the picture of the family group.
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@JudyEv (123167)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Nov
It's been interesting fossicking out roo songs. I've found some very unlikely ones.
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• Philippines
14 Nov
I hope you watch out for the big macho ones that can kick you really hard.
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@JudyEv (123167)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Nov
Yes, we keep away from the bucks but they are all very timid at the moment. It is only if you corner them or if they lose their fear of humans that they are dangerous.
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@jstory07 (67081)
• Roseburg, Oregon
14 Nov
That is a nice picture of those kangaroos.
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@JudyEv (123167)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Nov
We have so many photos of kangaroos.
@amadeo (65835)
• United States
13 Nov
Have not heard of this song there.
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@JudyEv (123167)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Nov
Neither had I till a day or two ago.