The Bird and the Bee

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This article is about the musical duo. For their eponymous album, see The Bird and the Bee (album). For other uses of "The Birds and the Bees", see The Birds and the Bees (disambiguation).
The Bird and the Bee
The Bird and The Bee at The Bell House in Brooklyn 20090306-6.jpg
The Bird and the Bee performing at The Bell House in Brooklyn, New York City on March 6, 2009. From left: Greg Kurstin, Alex Lilly, unknown singer, Inara George
Background information
Origin Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Genres Indie pop, synthpop, psychedelic pop, shoegaze
Years active 2006–present
Labels Metro Blue, Blue Note
Associated acts Geggy Tah
Website www.thebirdandthebee.com
Members Greg Kurstin
Inara George

The Bird and the Bee (stylized as the bird and the bee) is an American indie pop musical duo from Los Angeles, California, consisting of Inara George ("the bird") and Greg Kurstin ("the bee"). Kurstin—a producer and keyboardist who has worked with artists such as Lily Allen, Kylie Minogue, Little Boots, Ladyhawke, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Beck, Barenaked Ladies, The Flaming Lips, and Red Hot Chili Peppers—is also a member of the band Geggy Tah. George and Kurstin met while the two were working on her debut album and they decided to collaborate on a jazz-influenced electropop project. Their debut EP, Again and Again and Again and Again, was released on October 31, 2006, followed by their self-titled debut album on January 23, 2007.

History[edit]

According to their Myspace page, "Greg and Inara met a few years ago. Discovered a common love of jazz standards... nerded out for a couple of hours playing every song they knew... and then wrote and recorded a record together."[1] That record was the four-track EP Again and Again and Again and Again, released on October 31, 2006 by Blue Note Records.[2] The EP includes the single "Fucking Boyfriend", which topped the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart on the issue dated December 2, 2006.[3]

The duo's self-titled debut studio album, The Bird and the Bee was released on January 23, 2007[2] to positive reviews; Allmusic described it as "irresistible" and "charming and delightful at every turn".[4]

Mid-2007 saw the band touring as the opening act for English singer Lily Allen,[5] while their music was heard twice that year in the ABC drama series Grey's Anatomy, with "Again & Again" featured in the April 26 episode titled "Desire", and "Polite Dance Song" featured in the October 25 episode "Haunt You Every Day";[6] the former was also included on the third volume of the show's soundtrack.[7] With the holiday season came additional exposure for the group, when Apple Inc.'s iTunes Store chose "Carol of the Bells" to be the featured "Free Single of the Week" for the week of November 27.

In 2008 the duo's third EP One Too Many Hearts was released exclusively in digital format on February 12, 2008 to coincide with Valentine's Day. The four-song collection featured a rendition of the 1920s standard "Tonight You Belong to Me".[8]

The Bird and the Bee appeared repeatedly on TV and in films during 2008, with "Fucking Boyfriend" appearing in the film Forgetting Sarah Marshall and "How Deep Is Your Love" included in the film adaptation of Sex and the City and VH1 promos for their reality show lineup.[9] On July 8 a performance recorded at Pearl Concert Theater in Las Vegas was released as a digital EP titled Live from Las Vegas at the Palms, including live versions of "Again & Again" (Bossa Nova Version), "Fucking Boyfriend", "Autumn Leaves", "Man", and "Preparedness".[2]

In 2009 the Bird and the Bee marked the release of their second studio album, Ray Guns Are Not Just the Future, with two national television appearances: January 26 on NBC's The Tonight Show and February 4 on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live!.[10] Following its January 27 release, the album debuted atop Billboard's Top Heatseekers chart on sales of 5,000 copies.[11] In support of the album, the duo embarked on a ten-date US tour, which kicked off at The Casbah in San Diego on February 5, 2009 and ended at Carnegie Hall in New York City on March 7.[10] On March 14, The Bird and the Bee performed at the Tricot Showroom in Los Angeles as part of a FMLY show.[12]

On March 23, 2010, the band released Interpreting the Masters Volume 1: A Tribute to Daryl Hall and John Oates, an album of Hall & Oates cover songs.[13]

"What's in the Middle" was featured in the thirteenth episode of the fifth season of Bones. "4th of July" was featured in the Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! episode titled "Larry". Their song "Diamond Dave" appeared in Judd Apatow's 2009 film Funny People.

The Bird and the Bee announced on their official Facebook page on September 26, 2011 that they were no longer signed to Blue Note Records. They also stated, "We don't have an exact release date for the album yet, but it'll most likely be early 2012."[14] On November 18, 2011, the duo released a digital-only Christmas single titled "Wishes" through their website.[15]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
[16]
JPN
[17]
The Bird and the Bee 108
Ray Guns Are Not Just the Future
  • Released: January 27, 2009
  • Label: Blue Note
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
78 236
Interpreting the Masters Volume 1: A Tribute to Daryl Hall and John Oates
  • Released: March 23, 2010
  • Label: Blue Note
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
75 145
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details
Again and Again and Again and Again
  • Released: October 31, 2006
  • Label: Metro Blue, Blue Note
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Please Clap Your Hands
  • Released: September 25, 2007
  • Label: Metro Blue, Blue Note
  • Formats: CD, digital download
One Too Many Hearts
  • Release: February 12, 2008
  • Label: Blue Note
  • Format: Digital download
Live from Las Vegas at the Palms
  • Release: July 8, 2008
  • Label: Blue Note
  • Format: Digital download

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
Dance

[3]
CAN
[18]
JPN
[19]
"Fucking Boyfriend" 2006 1 Again and Again and Again and Again
"Again & Again" 2007 The Bird and the Bee
"La La La"
"Polite Dance Song" Please Clap Your Hands
"Carol of the Bells" 67 Stockings by the Fire
"Love Letter to Japan" 2009 82 Ray Guns Are Not Just the Future
"My Love"
"Diamond Dave"
"I'm into Something Good" 2010 Valentine's Day
"Wishes" 2011 Non-album single
"Undone" 2014 Sex Tape
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Other charted songs[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
JPN
[20]
"Private Eyes" 2010 18 Interpreting the Masters Volume 1: A Tribute to Daryl Hall and John Oates

Other appearances[edit]

Title Year Album
"Again & Again" 2007 Grey's Anatomy: Original Soundtrack 3[7]
"Fucking Boyfriend" 2008 Forgetting Sarah Marshall[21]
"How Deep Is Your Love" Sex and the City: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack[22]
"The Races" The Women[23]
"What Happened to It" 2009 Post Grad[24]
"A Christmas Compromise" Safety Harbor Kids Holiday Collection[25]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "the bird and the bee". Myspace. Retrieved November 27, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c "Bird and the Bee, The Discography". Blue Note Records. Archived from the original on November 17, 2008. Retrieved November 27, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "The Bird and the Bee – Chart history: Dance/Club Play Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 27, 2011. 
  4. ^ Jurek, Thom. "The Bird and the Bee – The Bird and the Bee". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved February 26, 2009. 
  5. ^ "The Bird and the Bee Got Buzz A-Plenty". Spin. Buzz Media. April 12, 2007. Retrieved February 26, 2009. 
  6. ^ "The Bird and the Bee". IMDb. Retrieved February 26, 2009. 
  7. ^ a b "Grey's Anatomy, Vol. 3 – Original Soundtrack". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved November 27, 2011. 
  8. ^ Rosenbloom, Etan (February 14, 2008). "Album Review: The Bird and The Bee – One Too Many Hearts EP". Prefix. Retrieved February 26, 2009. 
  9. ^ Li, Danica (February 4, 2009). "The Bird and the Bee". San Francisco Bay Guardian 43 (19). Retrieved February 24, 2009. 
  10. ^ a b "The Bird and the Bee Announce Leno, Kimmel Appearances, Offer First Glimpse of New Album". LA Weekly. Village Voice Media. January 13, 2009. Retrieved November 27, 2011. 
  11. ^ Jenison, David (February 4, 2009). "Bruce Springsteen Shows Taylor Swift, Ticketmaster Who's Boss". E! Online. NBCUniversal. Retrieved February 24, 2009. 
  12. ^ Cameron (March 13, 2009). "The Bird and The Bee TOMORROW NIGHT". FMLY. Retrieved November 27, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Bird and the Bee, The Discography – Interpreting the Masters Vol.1". Blue Note Records. Retrieved November 27, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Hi everyone! We...". Facebook. September 26, 2011. Retrieved November 27, 2011. 
  15. ^ "The Bird And The Bee – Discography". thebirdandthebee.com. Retrieved November 28, 2011. 
  16. ^ "The Bird and the Bee – Chart history: Billboard 200". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 27, 2011. 
  17. ^ "ザ・バード&ザ・ビーのアルバム売り上げランキング" [The Bird and the Bee album sales ranking] (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved November 27, 2011. 
  18. ^ "The Bird and the Bee – Chart history: Billboard Canadian Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved January 28, 2013. 
  19. ^ "Billboard Japan Hot 100". Billboard Japan (in Japanese). Hanshin Contents Link. December 8, 2008. Retrieved November 28, 2011. 
  20. ^ "Billboard Japan Hot 100". Billboard Japan (in Japanese). Hanshin Contents Link. March 29, 2010. Retrieved January 28, 2013. 
  21. ^ "Forgetting Sarah Marshall – Original Soundtrack". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved November 28, 2011. 
  22. ^ "Sex and the City – Original Soundtrack". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved November 28, 2011. 
  23. ^ "The Women [Original Soundtrack] – Original Soundtrack". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved November 28, 2011. 
  24. ^ "Post Grad – Original Soundtrack". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved November 28, 2011. 
  25. ^ "Safety Harbor Kids Holiday Collection: Various Artists". Amazon MP3. Retrieved November 28, 2011. 

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