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Day 72: Edwin Birdsong – Edwin Birdsong

11 May

Cola Bottle Baby

By all means, this should be a Dad-Rock Tuesday post right here.  Under no circumstances have I ever willingly listened to a funk album before.  Funk is one of my father’s areas of musical expertise, though.  I’ve listened to a few Parliament records on vinyl, always because of him.  Not this time, though. I listened to Edwin Birdsong’s eponymous LP because of last.fm friend ptchfrkabortion.  He figured I’d recognize the riff on the opening track.  Did I ever.

Turns out, the 11-minute combined opener Cola Bottle Baby / Phiss-Phizz was sampled liberally by Daft Punk for their awesome Harder Better Faster Stronger.  It’s always crazy when you hear a piece of music that you know so well, in its original form.

When it comes down to it, though, this is still a funk album.  Funk has never been my thing.   I’m also fairly ignorant when it comes to the genre, so any incorrect characterizations should not be taken to heart by anybody. *cough*HOODIE*cough*

I’ve always found funk music fairly boring.  It tends to go on for way too long, and is really, really repetitive.  Yeah, I can’t deny the greatness that is  the bass playing that occurs on funk records, but that’s about all they have going for them.

While Birdsong’s record isn’t particularly long (it only has seven tracks, and clocks in at just under 38 minutes) that annoying repetition is there in full force.  Most songs revolve around one main lyric.  Most songs are also longer than 4 minutes.  When you put that together, you get straight-up boredom for a member of the YouTube generation.  Once I figured out where Daft Punk got that sample, I was #done.

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