Feed the Animals is the fourth studio album by American musician Gregg Gillis, known by his stage name Girl Talk. The album was originally released as a digital download by Illegal Art on June 19, 2008. Like much of his previous work, Gillis composed Feed the Animals almost entirely using samples of other artists' music and minor elements of his own original instrumentation. The album was created as one long piece of music, which was then subsequently broken into individual songs.
On June 19, 2008, Feed the Animals was made available for download by Girl Talk's record label, Illegal Art, sells Feed the Animals using a "pay-what-you-like" system for non-seamless MP3 files. Gillis explained that the goal behind the special payment system was to "make it easier for people to get their hands on the music", which he described as his "number one priority." Additional content was made available to paying users, including FLAC files and a one-file seamless MP3 version of the album for those paying at least $5.00, and a CD copy for those paying at least $10.00. Non-paying users have to select a reason for doing so from a list of provided options: "I may donate later"; "I can't afford to pay"; "I don't really like Girl Talk"; "I don't believe in paying for music"; "I have already purchased this album"; "I don't value music made from sampling"; "I am part of the press, radio, or music industry", or "other reasons".
The physical CD release of Feed the Animals was announced by Illegal Art with a slated release date of September 23, 2008. Manufacturing issues involving the production of the CDs, however, forced the release to be pushed back to a final release date of November 11, 2008. A vinyl LP release of Feed the Animals to be handled by Wham City Records was also announced, but ultimately never materialized.
In their December 2008 issue, Blender magazine named Feed the Animals as the #2 best album of 2008, behind only Lil Wayne's Tha Carter III. In Australia, the album debuted at #83.
As of 22 December 2013, the album can be purchased as an MP3 download from Amazon.com for $8.99. No Girl Talk albums are currently in the iTunes Store catalog. Universal Music Publishing Group has required YouTube to make the album unavailable in the US due to copyright violation.