Graham Reid | | <1 min read
This irreverent outfit who sing songs ostensibly for children but with major adult appeal, have appeared at Elsewhere previously with their very silly The Bestest and Most Horriblest Songs for Children. They are more Spike Milligan and Monty Python than Teletubbies and Play School.
This one is aimed rather further up the kiddie demographic than Bestest (8 to 14 would be my guess) because it has a theme of New Zealand's birds across a series of songs heavily referenced in pop culture: reggae; jerky New Wave on Cuckoo To You; Mary Poppins on Kingfisher; funk on the song about nocturnal birds called Nightclub . . .
Or maybe I am reading too much into it?
But it is interesting on lots of levels (conservation, narratives, sound effects, bird calls, neat little tunes) -- but this recommendation comes from someone who loved a Wombles album for its Beatles/Beach Boys/Rick Wakeman/punk references I should warn you.
Birdbrain is fun, educational (good liner notes on the birds) and very clever indeed.
You can get it from here. And you should get it, not just for the kids either.
Listen to the sample track. Tell me that ain't the bestest parody of Yoko Ono you've ever heard!