If it doesn't walk like a duck and doesn't quack like a duck it might be a swan. Not being a huge fan of the funny song genre, the Brobdingnagian Bards have nevertheless always been a curiosity since the heydays of the original mp3 dot com where they were perpetual leaders in fan base and downloads. A Faire to Remember, one of many a Brobdingnagian Bards (brob-ding-nah-gee-an) funny song comedy CD is a bizarre yet charming mixture of ye olde English folk and traditional songs and of funny songs with a very folksy medieval twist. Most important, these guys can play and sing and obviously know their musical history and how to write a funny song or two.
In terms of packaging, A Faire To Remember is a great looking CD, perhaps too good-looking for its own good as many retailers will probably put it in the classical section when it belongs both in the comedy section (the reason we are reviewing it) and the folk / traditional section. The Brobdingnagian Bards play many old traditional songs like The Mermaid Song (arrrr, matey! Mermaids ho!), Scarborough Faire (a much better version than Simon and Garfunkel really), Whiskey In The Jar (about a man deceived by his lovely) and the very weird and funny Johnny Jump Up about the perils of drinking cider. Most of these are solid folk / traditional songs done right and knowledgeably by real artists but many are also a funny song if you pay attention to the story and lyrics.
Not all of the Brobdingnagian Bards songs are subtle. If I Had A Million Ducats is an antiqued version of If I Had A Million Dollars (If I had a million ducats we could have peasants grow our food around the keep.) This independent comedy CD of funny songs also includes a very interesting version of Eric Idle's (of Monty Python fame) Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life.
There is no doubt that the number one funny song on this independent release cd is Do Virgins Taste Better Medley. Basically, villagers forced to feed virgins to the local dragon sing a song about whether or not they taste better. The dragon's reply is priceless. This song alone (and the fact these guys can actually play the kazoo) is what makes A Faire to Remember quite enjoyable. As comedy cds goes, this release by the Brobdingnagian Bards is definitely on the unusual side but at the same time, it is also a real music cd you can listen to over and over or play in the background at a soiree and watch your friends slowly clue in to the humor behind the music.