Which song is still the staple method employed by wedding disco DJ’s of trying to get everyone up on the dance floor to embarrass themselves after all these years? The answer is, of course, The Birdie Song. There will come a time during most wedding receptions that The Birdie Song will be put on, and everybody with no shame, from the tiniest tot to the drunkest uncle gets up to make their hands look like bird beaks, flap their arms like wings, wiggle their backside and then skip round in a circle.
The record was released in the UK by a band called The Tweet’s in 1981, and somehow made it to number 2 in the charts (probably through all those wedding disco DJ’s snapping up a copy). The band consisted of people dressed as birds playing the various musical instruments – the bird costumes being necessary in order to protect their real identities no doubt. There was a follow up single entitled Let’s all Sing like the Birdie’s Sing, but it sunk without trace.
The Tweet’s didn’t actually compose the tune however. In fact its origins date back to the 1950’s, when it was composed by a Swiss man by the name of Werner Thomas on the accordion. He entitled it Der Ententanz, which translates to The Duck Dance. Various versions have been recorded over the years, under different names including The Chicken Dance and Tchip Tchip, though despite this obvious popularity, it was still voted worst song of all time (not just the 80’s) in a poll carried out in 2000.
Somewhere along the lines lyrics (of a sort) were invented to accompany the dance moves. Â These weren’t in the original record (at least, not The Tweets version anyway) but they aren’t particularly inspiring anyway. Â It goes like this:-
It’s a little bit of this (open and close your hands like a birds beak)
And a little bit of that (hold your hands in your armpits and wave your arms like wings)
And wiggle your bum (no prizes for guessing the accompanying action here)
Neither the words nor the dance will win any prizes, but play it at a wedding and it’s bound to be popular.