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Feed the Animals

Feed the Animals
Studio album by Girl Talk
Released June 19, 2008 (download)
November 11, 2008 (LP/CD)[1]
Genre Mashup
Length 53:53
Label Illegal Art (CD/download)
Wham City (vinyl)[2]
Producer Gregg Gillis
Girl Talk chronology
Bone Hard Zaggin'
Feed the Animals
All Day
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 76/100[3]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[4]
The A.V. Club B+[5]
Blender 4/5 stars[6]
Chicago Sun-Times 3.5/4 stars[7]
Robert Christgau A[8]
Pitchfork Media 8.0/10[9]
PopMatters 8/10 stars[10]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[11]
Slant Magazine 4/5 stars[12]
Tiny Mix Tapes 3/5 stars[13]

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.[14]


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."[15] 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".[16] 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][17]

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 22 December 2013, the album can be purchased as an MP3 download from 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.[18]

Track listing

  1. "Play Your Part (Pt. 1)" – 4:45
  2. "Shut the Club Down" – 3:07
  3. "Still Here" – 3:57
  4. "What It's All About" – 4:15
  5. "Set It Off" – 3:42
  6. "No Pause" – 3:12
  7. "Like This" – 3:21
  8. "Give Me a Beat" – 4:12
  9. "Hands in the Air" – 4:20
  10. "In Step" – 3:23
  11. "Let Me See You" – 4:04
  12. "Here's the Thing" – 4:46
  13. "Don't Stop" – 2:58
  14. "Play Your Part (Pt. 2)" – 3:25


Chart (2009) Peak
Australian ARIA Albums Chart 83[19]


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External links

  • Feed the Animals official release at Illegal Art
  • Girl Talk on Myspace
  • Andy Baio's analysis regarding songs sampled in the album
  • Interview with Pitchfork Media
  • Feed the AnimalsFurther analysis from Andy Baio, including comparison of latest samples listed on the album's WorldHeritage article vs. the official "Source Material" list from the CD release of
  • Amazon MP3 Album
  • Feed The Animals Samples, a web-based music player for the album with a synchronized readout of the samples.
  • Feed the AnimalsUser-editable breakdown of samples and timings for
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