Wow, Birdman Records sure has put out a LOT of awesome music!
They've released tons of cool stuff from tons of cool people over the years, including
scream-meister Yamatsuka Eye's project ooioo, collaborative effort Extended Organ, the
Boredoms, Thee Headcoats, even The Electric Prunes! This is a record label that just
needs to be checked out.
Birdman Records on the Web: http://www.birdmanrecords.com/
Here is Birdman Records' top ten
1. The Birdman: Birdman
Records was not named after the Australian punk band Radio Birdman or any of the Birdmen
on this list. The Birdman is a legendary character that was first seen in Berkeley in the
late eighties, making birds out of the labels of beer bottles and cocktail napkins. His
birds bring good luck to those who possess them. The Birdman continues to walk the Earth
doling out his birds to all of the deserved and honest creatures of the planet.
2. Icarus: Son of the great Greek inventor Daedalus, this Birdman did not
inherit his fathers wisdom. Father and son attempted to escape from their Cretian
prison by flying, using wings Daedalus had constructed from wax and feathers. Father told
son not to fly too close to the sun, for the wax holding the feathers together would melt.
Paying no heed to Fathers advice, Icarus first flight proved fatal. He flew
too high, melted his wings, and fell into the sea.
3. The Birdman Of Alcatraz aka Robert Stroud: Inmate of the infamous
Alcatraz Prison, he became known after publishing essays based on his studies concerning
birds. Immortalized in the Hollywood movie baring his name. He was portrayed by Burt
Lancaster as a troubled but kind prisoner, which hid the truth that he really was, in
reality, just a mean bastard.
4. Amelia Earhart: A self-proclaimed long-distance stunt flyer, Earhart
was a pioneer in her field, flying around the world and bringing her adventures to the
American public through regular newspaper articles. She was just about to finish what she
called her last long-distance trip when, on July 2nd, 1937, her plane disappeared off of
the coast of Howland Island. There is a great In Search Of episode dedicated to exploring
what might have happened to her.
5. Hawkman aka Carter Hall: Hall was born in 1910 and soon discovered
that he was the reincarnation of an Egyptian prince named Khufu. Soon after, he found his
reincarnated wife and began a life of crime fighting with her (she was appropriately named
Hawkwoman). Hall invented a metal called Nth Metal, which was weightless, allowing Hall,
his wife, and eventually their child to fly through the air. In the eighties, Hawkman took
on his role as head of the Justice League Of America, of which he was a founding member.
He presided over the Batman Diary Trials (by the way, batman could not fly - he was part
bat, not part bird and therefore does not make the list).
6. Charles Lindberg: Famous flyer who was loved and hated during the
course of his lifetime. He first became world-famous from his non-stop solo flight from
New York to Paris in 1927. He got way too close to the Nazis during World War II and
won a Pulitzer for his autobiography in 1954. This Nazi-loving asshole died in 1974.
7. Wilbur and Orville Wright: The Wright Brothers were the men who
allowed future men and women to become future Birdmen and Birdwomen respectfully. In the
early 1900s, they invented the first flying machines known to modern man - something
even Da Vinci could not pull off in his lifetime.
8. Padre Bartolomeu Lourenco: Things were pretty backwards in Portugal
during the early part of the eighteenth century. But this heretical priest dedicated his
life to developing wings that could propel a human into the air. His efforts are depicted
in Nobel-laureate Jose Saramagos book, Baltasar and Blimuda.
9. Charlie Parker: "The Bird" was a sax-player who changed the
face of Jazz music in the mid-twentieth century. His playing soared in and out of the
standard rythms and melodies of the day, creating new territories for musical
improvisation and interpretation. There is a great underground movie called "It
Wont Rub Off, Baby", made in the sixties, which explores Birds troubled
life. Clint Eastwoods biographical film "Bird" is tasty as well.
10. The Birdman aka Ray Randall: This super-hero was the title character
of the Hanna-Barbera cartoon in 1967. Endowed with power from the Egyptian sun god Ra,
ordinary human Ray Randall became the super-powered Birdman, fighting crime and bringing
"the light of justice" to the world. In his Birdman identity, Ray could fly
(with attached baby blue wings), fire "solar rays" from his fists, and defend
himself with a solar shield.