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30 April 2012

Flight of the Conchords

This week I have mostly been listening to...

Flight of the Conchords

Relax with Flight of the Conchords

I haven't had it long, but since I picked up 'the debut album' from Flight of the Conchords, it's about all I've been listening to. Okay, I know that this is old news; This album was released in 2008 to supplement the TV series of the same name... and get this: I haven't even watched all of the series yet! Yay!

Flight of the Conchords are a comedy duo hailing from Wellington, New Zealand. Have I ever told you how much I love New Zealand? It comprises Jemaine Clement (of Tongan Ninja fame) and Bret McKenzie (ex-Black Seeds). Surprisingly, I think they made a bigger splash in the US than they did in the UK with their motherflippin' comedy. This album debuted at number 3 in the US Billboard! How's that for a splash!

Even Flight of the Conchords can't breath new life into the Simpsons

I've only seen a couple of the shows from the series and then only snippets of them. I don't know why, but they only seem to be on when I'm at other people's houses. Perhaps that's because my own TV has been turned into a dedicated Wii screen by my kids? Maybe.

So I'm no expert on the show.

The CD has surprised me. What we have here are a collection of comedy songs. Think Tim Minchin, only slightly different. The thing about comedy songs is that they're usually not that funny and often you'd be hard pushed to listen to them twice. Not so with this album. The musicianship and arrangements are a pleasure to behold. There's some real skill here. Everything revolves around the very capable Bret and Jermaine and little by little they reveal themselves to be versatile mimics with an unnerving attention to detail. You get a little bit of everything from tributes to Ragga right through to 60s French pop and Gorillaz-inspired rap. It's a heady mix, but it works really well.

I don't pretend to love every song on the disk, but I do love a lot of them!

If I had to pick one song from the album it would be...

Ladies of the World

This is a real hard one to call. You know what a sucker I am for a little funky soul. Here we have the boys doing something special for all the ladies in the world... even the ladyman ladies! Yeah, a couple of the lyrics still get me, but really it's the music that ticks the boxes; It's simply outstanding. The bass grooves and the acoustic guitar sends you to another place and time."We're talking about brunettes not fighter jets!" The reprise is just dreamy... just dreamy.... just dreamy...

If you want a few more top tips then why not check out the outstanding "Think About It". I'm sure that Sly Stone would have been proud of this number back in the day. And if you want something a bit more obvious  then you've got to listen to the Pet Shop Boys-inspired "Inner City Pressure". Oh yeah... and you've just got to hear the beautiful madness of "Bowie"... a tribute to the "freaky old bastard" himself. There's so much to get your teeth into here.

So there you have it!

On the Triple-B I'm going to clap 9 times and marvel at how the boys managed to squeeze Stephen Hawking into the middle-8 of "Robots Boom". It soooo works! Buy this CD!

Update 8-May-2012: I couldn't resist doing my own version of Ladies of the World. Okay, I'm not as talented as the Conchords, but I don't care. Let me know what you think of "Something for the Ladies"...

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