XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Ain’t Talking ‘Bout Love” by The Bird and The Bee

The Bird and the Bee | photo by Alexa Nikol Curran | courtesy of the artist

In 2010, The Bird and The Bee – the duo of Inara George and Greg Kurstin — released Interpreting the Masters, Vol. 1: A Tribute to Daryl Hall and John Oates. They recently released announced their next tribute — Interpreting the Masters Volume 2: A Tribute to Van Halen, on August 2nd, with covers of “Panama,” and “Ain’t Talking ‘Bout Love.”

Kurstin and George released an EP in 2006, and released their full length debut album in 2007 on Blue Note Records. In addition to her long standing work with The Bird and The Bee, singer-songwriter George has had a acclaimed solo career. Kurstin, once in the band Geggy Tah, is a Grammy award winning producer, songwriter and musician who has worked on records by Adele, Sia, Kendrick Lamar, Paul McCartney, and many others. In 2017, he won four Grammy Awards: Song and Record of the Year for co-writing and producing “Hello” from Adele’s 25, and Album and Record of the Year for the same album. He also won Producer of the Year (Non-Classical) in recognition of his work with Tegan and Sara, Sia and Ellie Goulding.

Both Kurstin and George are big fans of Van Halen. In the bio for the new album, Kurstin says:

“When I want to listen to hard-rock music there’s still nothing that hits me like they do. Every time I hear them it takes me back to when I first found them on the radio, and it felt so dangerous to me-like they were from a whole other world. It would be so great if people who would never usually listen to Van Halen heard this record, and then ended falling in love with them too.”

About the band, Inara adds: “I remember being 10 years old and seeing their videos and feeling both excited and totally terrified. I responded to them in this very visceral way.”

Listen to The Bird and The Bee’s synth-pop interpretation of the song that originally appeared on Van Halen’s 1978 self-titled debut. The duo play World Cafe Live on August 16th.

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