When I was a kid I used to dig through my dad’s albums and play everything from Pink Floyd to The Beatles to Jackson Browne and yes, even Hall & Oates. There was a greatest hits compilation called Rock ‘n Soul, Pt. 1 and I loved it! I had no clue who Daryl Hall or John Oates were and I didn’t care. I was probably too young to even understand was a Rich Girl was and I remember imagining disconnected ‘private’ eyes floating around watching everything I did. Yes, I was THAT young. I believe it was 1983-34, which would have made me 6 or 7.
My dad was never happy when he came home and found me playing with his turntable, but I don’t believe he ever punished me for it. I understand that now. If my daughter started digging through my albums (and my dad’s albums, which I now own) or start messing with my itunes, I would be upset because she was messing with my stuff, but I would also be stoked that she was interested.
So it’s been over 25 years since I was that kid on that living room floor, and it’s been a couple years longer since Inara George was that kid. I believe she’s about 2 years older than I am. But it seems Hall & Oates and Rock ‘n Roll Soul, Pt. 1 had an impact on her as well.
Inara is the voice, the beautiful voice, of the indie/synth pop duo from Los Angeles that call themselves The Bird and the Bee. They had released 2 albums of original material before putting out this tribute album. To be honest, I like their last two albums, but they don’t really standout from the hordes of indie popsters releasing music today. Almost like Phosphorescent (who put out a album of Willie Nelson covers last year), I did not appreciate this band until they reiiterpreted another artist’s work.
There are 8 covers on this album, all of which are on Rock ‘n Roll Soul, Pt. 1, and one original song, Heard It On The Radio. They also got Shirley Manson from Garbage to sing backup on Maneater.
This isn’t groundbreaking work or anything, but it’s fun. It’s a lot of fun. And I look forward to what Vol. 2 has to offer.