Los Angeles-based the Bird and the Bee consists of two veteran musicians, Inara George and Greg Kurstin. George was the daughter of Little Feat member Lowell George, though she trained in her youth as an actor. She got her start in music in the mid-'90s as a member of Lode and later as one half of Merrick. Through her solo work she met Kurstin. Kurstin had performed jazz and Brazilian music in his youth. He later co-founded the band Geggy Tah. He developed a reputation working on a number of rock records by established artists like Beck, the Flaming Lips and Rilo Kiley.
When the two began performing together, they focused on jazz standards and Brazilian tropicalia songs. They gradually developed a repertoire of electronic pop with subtle inflections of jazz. This material was released as their self-titled debut album in 2007. A dance remix of their song "Fucking Boyfriend" attracted modest national attention. The local public radio station KCRW was an early mainstream advocate of the group. Their songs "Again & Again" and "Polite Dance Song" were featured in two episodes of the popular television drama Grey's Anatomy.
The group followed up with three EPs (two of which contained notable covers of the Bee Gees' "How Deep Is Your Love?" and the standard "Tonight You Belong To Me," perhaps best known because of its memorable feature in The Jerk) and their music continued to appear in numerous television shows and movie soundtracks throughout 2008. The duo released their sophomore album, Ray Guns Are Not Just The Future, in 2009, and they toured briefly. The group released a covers album, Interpreting the Masters Volume 1: A Tribute to Daryl Hall and John Oates, in 2010. ~Dan Nishimoto
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