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Friends’s "Smelly Cat" Lyrics Were Loosely Inspired by a Real Pet—But It Wasn’t a Cat

Discussion in 'Pets & Animals' started by Michie, Apr 16, 2021.

  1. Michie

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    Since its television debut in 1995, Friends's "Smelly Cat" song has become ubiquitous in pop culture’s collective consciousness. Lisa Kudrow even joined Taylor Swift onstage to perform it live during a Los Angeles concert in 2015. “She’s only ever played in coffee houses before,” Swift joked during her introduction.

    But before Kudrow’s character Phoebe Buffay played "Smelly Cat" for Central Perk's patrons, its eponymous pet wasn’t a cat—it was a dog. More specifically, a dog owned by Betsy Borns, head writer of the season 2 episode where the song is first mentioned. “My dog was so smelly his name was Gouda, because he smelled like bad cheese,” Borns told Refinery29. “But it was determined that cat was funnier.”

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    <em>Friends</em>’s "Smelly Cat" Lyrics Were Loosely Inspired by a Real Pet—But It Wasn’t a Cat
     
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  2. Subduction Zone

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    Friends is on my television right now. But I think it is a pre-Smelly Cat episode.
     
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