Brian’s Mixtape #29: Parliament of Fowls

Brian at home

Safely installed in his cosy nest, Brian’s been musing on how great his winged neighbours are. Birds are a splendid bunch – lots of them sing (although admittedly with varying levels of success), some of them are darned attractive (Mr Peacock, we’re looking right at you) and some of them are just utterly fascinating conversationalists.

In summary, Brian feels that the avian world deserves some celebration, so this week’s mixtape is devoted to his fellow fowl, and it’s a bit of a stunner, if he does say so himself.

Here’s the tracklist, as if you needed convincing:

1. Florence and the Machine – Bird Song
2. Devendra Banhart – Owl Eyes
3. Neil Young – Beautiful Bluebird
4. Rachel Unthank and the Winterset – Blackbird
5. Mark Lanegan and Isobel Campbell – The Raven
6. A Hawk and a Handsaw – Salt Water
7. Simon and Garfunkel – Sparrow
8. Kristin Hersh – The Cuckoo
9. Alessi’s Ark – Hummingbird
10. Shearwater – Rooks
11. Elliott Smith – Ostrich and Chirping
12. Michael Jackson – Rockin’ Robin

For the Spotify Playlist, all you need do is click here: Brian’s Mixtape #29: Parliament of Fowls

Did Brian miss any stonking good songs about birds?  Let us know below if so.

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Have a flap around our mixtape section to find Brian’s previous efforts.

4 comments for “Brian’s Mixtape #29: Parliament of Fowls

  1. ian simpson
    29 March 2010 at 12:44 pm

    Rook by XTC
    My Bird Performs by XTC
    Seagulls Screaming Kiss her Kiss her by XTC

    all by Andy PARTRIDGE (except one by Colin Moulding )

    Whilst we are at it Birds by neil Young

  2. Stephen W Thomas
    Stephen Thomas
    29 March 2010 at 1:47 pm

    I actually made my own bird mix a few weeks back. The sort you listen to, not feed to them, mind.

    1. Goldfrapp – Little Bird
    2. Fleet Foxes – Meadowlarks
    3. The Low Anthem – Cage the Songbird
    4. Elbow – The Crow
    5. I Am Kloot – Hey Little Bird
    6. Bill Callahan – The Wind and the Dove
    7. Leonard Cohen – Nightingale
    8. Rosie Thomas – Songbird
    9. Sufjan Stevens – The Lord God Bird
    10. Joanna Newsom – Kingfisher
    11. Guillemots – Redwings
    12. Love – Hummingbirds (Demo)

    Brian’s mix has a wider variety of birds, but I have the double whammy of a band named after a bird singing about another variety of bird altogether.

  3. ian simpson
    29 March 2010 at 10:16 pm

    Bought My self a Liarbird Xtc
    Ladybird Xtc
    I claim the double whammy of five DIFFERENT birds in songs (see previous post) by a band with a man named after yet another bird in the band.

    even though strictly speaking a Liarbird should be a Lyrebird and a ladybird isnt actually a bird.

    Do I win £5?

  4. Peter Rice
    31 March 2010 at 9:40 am

    Bob Dylan, who used to be a DJ before he got his big break opening for Laura Marling, has also had a go at this.

    Episode 71: Birds
    First aired on March 5, 2008.

    The Rooster Song — Fats Domino (1957)
    Chicken Rhythm — Slim Gaillard (1939)
    Cooing To The Wrong Pigeon — Merrill Moore (1956)
    Bluebird — Buffalo Springfield (1967)
    Chicken — Mississippi John Hurt (1966)
    The Coo Coo Bird — Clarence Ashley (1961)
    Serenade To A Cuckoo — Rahsaan Roland Kirk (1964)
    Bird On The Wire — Leonard Cohen (1969)
    When The Red, Red Robin Comes Bob, Bob Bobbin’ Along — Al Jolson (1926)
    Buzzard Pie — Rudy Green & His Orchestra (1947)
    Daffy Duck’s Rhapsody — Mel Blanc (1950)
    Ice Cream For Crow — Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band (1982)
    “The Great Speckled Bird” — Roy Acuff & his Crazy Tennesseans (1936)
    Night Owl — Tony Allen & The Champs (1955)
    Wings Of A Dove — Blues Busters (1965)
    Shake A Tail Feather — The Five Du-Tones (1963)

    Episode 72: More Birds
    First aired on March 12, 2008.

    The Red Rooster — Howlin’ Wolf (1971)
    Little Wing — The Jimi Hendrix Experience (1967)
    Bye Bye Blackbird — Miles Davis (1957)
    Bye Bye Blackbird — Charlie & His Orchestra (1942)
    Skylark — Anita O’Day (1941)
    Little Bluebird — Johnnie Taylor (1966)
    Listen To The Mockingbird — Light Crust Doughboys (1936-41)
    “Mockingbird”— Inez Foxx with Charlie Foxx (1963)
    Bluebirds Over The Mountain — Ersel Hickey (1958)
    Why Is Woody Sad ? — Bobby Pauneto (1960)
    The Chicken And The Hawk — Big Joe Turner (1956)
    The Bird’s The Word — The Rivingtons (1963)
    Surfin’ Bird — The Trashmen (1963)
    Big Bird — Eddie Floyd (1968)
    Yellow Bird — Arthur Lyman (1961)
    Bird Gets The Worm — Charlie Parker (1947)
    White Dove — The Stanley Brothers (1949)
    When Doves Cry — Prince and The Revolution (1984

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