Ok, so the primary motivation behind selecting I’m A Hog For You was that it simply fit this week’s animal theme. The only reason this song was ever on my radar is because it’s on the 100 Dead Songs poster (Answer key and discussion here and here). I have a copy of that hanging in my office at work and I’m always surprised at its inclusion there. In general I find its appearance almost anywhere to be a surprise.
Why the surprise? Well the song was only played a handful of times. There are 3 known versions from early 1966 and then this lone version from 1971 was the last time they ever played it. If it’s so rare why include it on the poster? Granted I know the poster was drawn in the early 80s so it’s not comprehensive, but still I’m A Hog For You is a bit of a random selection.
The rareness novelty is probably why the song was included on the expanded Skull & Roses album, I assume. I hadn’t listened to it in a long time until I came up with the animal theme and suffice it to say I am very glad I revisited it.