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Feed the Animals
Studio album by Girl Talk

June 19, 2008 (download)

November 11, 2008 (LP/CD) [1]
Genre Mashup
Experimental music
Length 53:53
Label Illegal Art(CD/Download)
Wham City (vinyl)[2]

Gregg Gillis

Girl Talk chronology
Bone Hard Zaggin'
(2006)Bone Hard Zaggin'2006
Feed the Animals
All Day
(2010)All Day2010

Feed the Animals is the fourth album by Girl Talk (Gregg Gillis), released on Illegal Art in 2008. It is composed almost entirely of samples taken from other artists' songs, plus minor original instrumentation by Girl Talk. Gillis has stated that the album was created as one long piece of music and then subsequently broken into individual songs.[3]


Girl Talk's record label, Illegal Art, presently sells the album in a fashion similar to Radiohead's release of their 2007 album In Rainbows – a "pay-what-you-like" system for nonseamless mp3s. Gillis states that the goal behind this is to "make it easier for people to get their hands on the music, which is my number one priority."[4] Users choosing to pay $0.00 have to explain why, selecting "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".[5] However, those who pay $5 can access FLAC files and a one-file seamless mp3 version of the album; for $10, users can obtain a CD copy. Originally, the CD version was planned for release on September 23, 2008, but Gillis has stated that there were "manufacturing issues" involving the production of the CDs, forcing the date to be pushed back to November 11, 2008.[1][6]

On March 19, 2008, a purported leak of the album was released on the web and spread quickly on torrent networks. The next day, Gillis posted a message on his MySpace account to assure that the version was a fake. The original artist, Speaky (Sam Bye), soon apologized, explaining that the leaked album was in fact his album Mashcore Volume 2 and that he had posted the album under its correct name but it was subsequently retagged.

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 1 May 2009, the album can be purchased as an MP3 download from for $8.99. No Girl Talk albums are currently in the iTunes Store catalog.

The album is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license.[7]

Track listing[edit]

An incomplete list of sampled tracks is included under each song. However, the CD includes a list of source material, listing both the song and the artist.[8][9][10] Each track is named after a lyric contained in one of the songs it samples.

1. "Play Your Part (Pt. 1)" - 4:45[edit]

2. "Shut the Club Down" - 3:07[edit]

3. "Still Here" - 3:57[edit]

4. "What It's All About" - 4:15[edit]

5. "Set It Off" - 3:42[edit]

6. "No Pause" - 3:12[edit]

7. "Like This" - 3:21[edit]

8. "Give Me a Beat" - 4:12[edit]

9. "Hands in the Air" - 4:20[edit]

10. "In Step" - 3:23[edit]

11. "Let Me See You" - 4:04[edit]

12. "Here's the Thing" - 4:46[edit]

13. "Don't Stop" - 2:58[edit]

14. "Play Your Part (Pt. 2)" - 3:25[edit]

Unidentified samples[edit]

The following tracks were sampled on the album and listed on the "Source Material" inlet of the album,[14] but the track in which the track is sampled is currently unknown.


Chart (2009) Peak
ARIA Australian Albums Chart 83[15]


  1. ^ a b "Pitchfork: Girl Talk Video Blogs From Tour, Animals CD Delayed". Retrieved May 16, 2010. 
  2. ^ Paul Thompson (June 19, 2008). "Pitchfork: Girl Talk's Feed the Animals Available Now!". Retrieved June 23, 2008. 
  3. ^ "Girl Talk/Gregg Gillis On New Album, Music Industry". The Washington Post. July 29, 2008. Retrieved May 2, 2010. 
  4. ^ graham. "Girl Talk Interview - Don't Call Him a DJ". Retrieved June 23, 2008. 
  5. ^ "Girl talk - feed the animals - illegal art". Retrieved June 23, 2008.  [dead link]
  6. ^ Montgomery, James (June 17, 2008). "Girl Talk's Just Completed New LP Coming Out Thursday - MTV News". Retrieved June 23, 2008. 
  7. ^ "Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 Unported". Retrieved August 5, 2008. 
  8. ^ Girl Talk's Feed the Animals: The Official Sample List. "Girl Talk's Feed the Animals: The Official Sample List". Retrieved May 16, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Flickr Photo Download: GirlTalk-FeedTheAnimals-SourceMaterial". October 24, 2008. Retrieved May 16, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Girl Talk Talks To Us About Feed The Animals". June 20, 2008. Retrieved June 25, 2008. 
  11. ^ a b The sampled track is actually entitled "Be Faithful"; it is incorrectly referred to "Get Your Hands Up" in the "Source Material" list in the inlet of Feed the Animals.
  12. ^ Girl Talk says that he used Andrea True Connection's "More, More, More" because his original sample idea, Len's "Steal My Sunshine," did not have a section that isolated the piano loop.
  13. ^ Girl Talk actually samples "Pump It" by DJ Funk; however, it it instead listed as "Work It!" in the "Source Material" list in the inlet of Feed the Animals.
  14. ^ Spreadsheet analysis by Any Baio of songs featured on the "Source Material" inlet of Feed the Animals not listed on Wikipedia
  15. ^ "Pandora Archive" (PDF). August 23, 2006. Retrieved May 16, 2010. 

External links[edit]

Category:Girl Talk albums Category:Albums free for download by copyright owner Category:Self-released albums Category:2008 albums Category:2008 remix albums