The song that introduces us “Lindeville”, the fictional city Ashley McBrydes latest concept album, immediately throws us into the complexities and characters of this city.
According to McBryde in the video for the acoustic version of “Brenda Put Your Bra On,” this was exactly the song’s goal:
“I love action movies, and I like action movies because you usually fall into a scene at the beginning of the movie. The stuff explodes. Things are on fire. There’s a helicopter. Why? I do not know. It’s ‘Brenda, put your bra on.’”
The album version of the song features Caylee Hammack and Pillbox Patti as the other two women trying to convince Brenda to put her bra on so she can witness the drama of that happening.
The song is hilarious and probably one of the funniest (and most relatable) on the album. Is everything these women claim to be absurd? Yes. Can I see all this in real life? Also yes.
The acoustic version features only Ashley McBryde and her guitar, playing the roles of all three women.
While some of the theatrics are taken away by just McBryde singing, it’s almost funnier because we can hear the lyrics even more clearly (like any acoustic version of a song) and we can see McBryde’s facial expressions during the performance.
There are a few moments where we can see McBryde’s more serious expression morph into a smile or hear her chuckle as she sings the lyrics.
The most obvious of these cracks is during the following lines, when we can hear McBryde sing her way through a laugh:
“She always got good layers just because she had good tits
And cut their shirts down the middle”
Personally, I can’t get through the line over morning wood without having to pause to laugh. I was never able to sing the next line.
Those little moments and stripped down sound make acoustic versions of songs so much better than original versions. We can see and hear the singer’s personality more, which always enriches the song.
If you want to visit Lindeville again, see this performance.
https://www.whiskeyriff.com/2022/10/16/watch-ashley-mcbrydes-acoustic-version-of-brenda-put-your-bra-on/ Watch Ashley McBryde’s Acoustic Version Of “Brenda Put Your Bra On”