Shelled molluscs and crustaceans have been making cameo appearances in rock-and-roll for decades now, and today is a salute to their efforts.
The B-52s - "Rock Lobster"
Amazon.com says, "The magnificent 'Rock Lobster' remains unmatched in terms of its relentless, spastic power to move one's feet." Its lyrics include: "Lots of trouble/ Lots of bubble/ He was in a jam/ S'in a giant clam." New wave. And speaking of wave...
Pixies - "Wave of Mutilation"
The outstanding track off Doolittle features these lyrics: "I've kissed mermaids, rode the El Nino/ Walked the sand with the crustaceans."
The Sugarcubes - "Regina"
Before Bjork went solo, she was in this Icelandic pop band. She sings, "But Mrs R. with none/ Sun with false teeth/ Give me lobster and fame." To which Einar (a rapper in the band) replies, "I really don't like lobster!"
Elvis Presley - "Sand Castle"
Even the King has sung about shellfish on more than one occasion. Here are lyrics from "Sand Castle": "The fiddler crab plays his violin/ On the back of a dancing whale."
Elvis Presley - "Crawfish"
Even more explicit lyrics about our shelled sea-friends: "Now take Mr. Crawfish in your hand/ He’s gonna look good in your frying pan/ If you fry him crisp or you boil him right/ He’ll be sweeter than sugar when you take a bite/ Crawfish."
Steven, who is famously allergic to anything that turns orange when cooked, once wrote a song called "Shellfish." In it, he declares, "Cowards hiding in their caves/ Killer sea crustaceans/ Don't belong in the ocean." Later, he describes a physical struggle with one such creature: "You fight and snap your feeble jaws/ I'll just snap off your claws." The song was vetoed for silliness.