Was Dog a Doughnut?  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

"Was Dog a Doughnut?" (1977) is a musical composition by Cat Stevens featured on Izitso.

The song "Was Dog a Doughnut?" upon release was criticised for sounding "a bit too robotlike" but has since been considered one of the first electro, or techno-pop, songs ever recorded, with elements later associated with hip hop music. The track made early use of a music sequencer along with synthesizers. In an interview for Uncut in 2014, Yusuf (Stevens) explains his inspiration for the song:

"In the '70s, there was an article that made me furious, but also made me laugh, called "Was God An Astronaut?" The whole premise of putting God into a space rocket was so outrageous I just decided to have a go and wrote that song."

The track is featured on Back to Mine (2002) by New Order, on Classic Inspirations (2001) by Mateo and Matos and on Danny Tenaglia's Choice, a Collection of Classics (2003).


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