“The Birds and the Beedrills” is a rap song about sex which uses all 151 original Pokemon names as innuendo. The creators of the song, Brandon Daley and Brock Chart, call their group 2 Guys 2 Name a Baby After. Brandon Daley, AKA White Licorice, writes and performs the rap lyrics, while Brock Chart, AKA Sad Panda, makes the music.
How did you two meet, and why did you decide to join forces to create 2 Guys 2 Name a Baby After?
White Licorice: Sad Panda and I attended elementary school together. We’ve been friends for about thirteen years now. Panda always focused on the musical worlds of creativity and I always loved to write, so when we were in about third grade, we started writing songs under the name 2 Guys 2 Name a Baby After. Some of the subjects we chose to write about back then included fake disgusting love songs to girls, urinary tract infections and, of course, video games. I can see us writing about any of those three things now, which shows how far we’ve come. We never recorded any of the songs back then—as third graders, we didn’t really have access to such equipment. The musical creationism stopped all together until our senior year of high school, when I began rapping.
What’s it like when you make a new song? What software and/or instruments do you use?
White Licorice: I usually show up at Panda’s house with new lyrics—I perform them acapella for him. If he doesn’t like them, he says so; if he does, he works on a beat. That simple…
Sad Panda: I don’t use any computer software but I have a Korg M3 keyboard that has a 16-track recorder on it. When I come up with an idea for a beat, I play the different instruments and the drum beats on separate tracks then sequence them together, all using the keyboard.
What’s the origin story behind “The Birds and the Beedrills”? Was it really written because of an ex-girlfriend?
White Licorice: I had the idea to write a song using all 151 Pokemon as sexual puns, and so I just sat down and wrote the thing last summer. As for the ex-girlfriend, if only God had graced me with an ex-girlfriend at the time of writing this. At that point in my life, I had only dated one girl for a month, and we broke up mutually for completely uninteresting reasons. But the final product just seems like a track that would not mix well with any female pheromones. Combining Pokemon with immature sex jokes? I added the little intro at the beginning to play up the irony of this. Some people understood, most people didn’t.
What was the process for writing the lyrics? It couldn’t have been easy fitting 151 Pokemon names into one song. How long did it take?
White Licorice: The song only took about three hours to write. I sat down at my computer, opened a word document, and copy-pasted all 151 original Pokemon names into it—then just started writing. One at a time, each Pokemon name would be used and then deleted. Some of them were much more troublesome then others (which is apparent if you study the lyrics, certain ones flow much more nicely than others).
You guys have an album available for purchase on iTunes called Pectus Excavatum. Can you tell a little about it?
White Licorice: I have this chest crevice—this dent in the middle of my sternum. Apparently one in every five hundred people has one. The medical name for the absence is pectus excavatum. My grandma taught me that at the dinner table a few months ago. “Oh, Brandon, I have one of those too. See?” At this point in the story my grandmother proceeds to pull her shirt down and reveal way too much Grandma cleavage for anyone to be comfortable with. Anyways, the crevice basically represents a physical deformity that I’m self-conscious about. Everyone has something like this—excess body weight, acne, whatever. The concept of the album revolves around poking fun at the things that hurt you the most: the women we’ve never had sex with, our vast knowledge of Pokemon, even the first track on the album entitled “Dick Problems” chronicles my real life struggles last year with psychological erectile dysfunction. We do this all in the genre of rap music, which I love because usually rap music is used to try and make yourself as cool as possible. Quit lying to yourself, rappers! There should be some sort of representative in the world of hip-hop condoning the love of our flaws.
Do you have plans to do any more songs based on video games?
White Licorice: As of right now, no. We do make video game references in a lot of songs. One example: in our ode to gangster rap, Prelude in C Sharp Killfest, a line reads, “Listen to these puns about beating and killing you / I make Grand Theft Auto 3 look like Grand Theft Auto 2.” Knowing that people enjoyed the video game rap though, maybe more will come in the future.
Thank you for your time.