Gracie Grieshop, Ricky Wilcox, Mark Murphy & Scott Elliott, musicians and singers

As a then-prelude to the Talking Animals Music Night–presenting 10 great bands performing animal songs, March 31 at New World Brewery in Tampa, the March 28 edition of “Talking Animals” featured folks from three of the bands as in-studio guests: Gracie Grieshop (leader of Sunset Bridge Band), Ricky Wilcox (leader of Ricky Wilcox & The Moonsnakes), and Mark Murphy (leader of Talk To Mark), joined by guest vocalist–& WMNF programmer–Scott Elliott, host of the All Souls edition of “It’s The Music.”

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They each play an acoustic animal song–Ricky performs Buck Owens’ “I’ve Got A Tiger By The Tail,” Gracie does Miike Snow’s “Animal,” while Mark & Scott (with vocal help from everyone else in the studio, dubbed The Shock-Ettes) covered Peter Gabriel’s “Shock The Monkey.” They also discuss the animals currently living with them, what role animals played in their formative years, as well as animal issues and/or organization that are important to them, and more.

COMEDY CORNER: Paula Poundstone’s “12 Cats” (

MUSIC: Jimmy Smith’s “Back At The Chicken Shack,” Kristin Hersh’s version of “Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey,” (animal!) instrumentals

NAME THAT ANIMAL TUNE: The Specials’ version of “Monkey Man”

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Duncan Strauss is the producer-host of “Talking Animals,” which he launched at KUCI in California in 2003, combining his passions for animals, radio, journalism, music and comedy. The show has aired since late 2005 on Tampa’s WMNF. Strauss lives in Jupiter Farms, FL with his family, including four cats, two horses and one dog. He spends each day talking to those animals, and maintains they talk right back to him, an as yet unverified claim.

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