True story: I know someone who has a tattoo of this.
Pink Floyd songs aren’t all odes to crushing alienation and political despair, y’know. This Syd Barrett-era ditty is about a Siamese cat called, yes, Lucifer Sam — it’s based on Barrett’s own cat, and originally went by the name “Percy the Rat-Catcher.”
From roughly the same era, Bowie’s “Eight Line Poem” from Hunky Dory contains a lyrical nod to one Clara, who sits and puts her head between her paws. I’m sure I remember reading somewhere that Clara was a cat who belonged to one of Bowie’s old girlfriends, but now can’t find any confirmation of this. (It seems there’s some healthy debate on Bowie forums about it, too.)
Yes, he’s awesome and cute and adorable and has 12,000 Twitter followers, but can we have Pocahaunted back now please?