The fourth best almost award winning folk duo from New Zealand
If you don’t know who I’m talking about by that title then you definitely need to stay in more!
The duo I’m referring to are Flight of the Conchords who are a New Zealand “guitar-based digi-bongo acapella-rap-funk-comedy folk duo”. And they’re hilarious.
They’ve been around for quite some time now, originally forming in 1998, touring fairly extensively, winning an award at the Edinburgh Fringe, cutting their teeth with a BBC radio show and finally creating an HBO TV series. Needless to say, they did OK.
The TV show ran for a couple of seasons and now it’s come to an indefinite hiatus.
Since then, one half, Jermaine Clement, has been the bad guy in Men in Black 3:
And the other half, Bret McKenzie, wrote the Oscar winning song, “Man or Muppet”:
Needless to say, they’ve done OK.
But, I’m not going to talk about what they’re doing now but what they’ve done in the past because it’s freaking amazing. Perhaps one person who reads this hasn’t heard of them and they begin down the road to enlightenment, then this post will be entirely worth it!
Even if you’ve heard of them, then maybe this will bring a smile to your face, remembering all the good times you’ve spent watching the TV show, the live shows or, if you’re particularly avid, their radio show.
Let’s begin with my favourite Flight of the Conchords song: The Hiphopapotomous vs. the Rhymenocerous
This song has everything – a killer breakdown, some free-styling, a bit of S Club 7 and the lyrics “sometimes my rhymes are polite like ‘thank you Mrs Johnson for dinner. That was delicious. Goodnight.'”. I also get a name check – that’s kind of fun.
But choosing a favourite song from these two is hard and others will definitely disagree with me. I mean, how could I ignore The Most Beautiful Girl in the Room – a realistic view on modern love. Or even Bret, You’ve Got It Going On – a surreal song from a heterosexual man who just wants to boost his pal’s self-esteem.
Beyond the songs, is the TV series which is jam-packed full of awkward, deadpan and bizarre funny moments, such as Bret getting his head stuck in a chair, full leather suits, a ‘camera-phone’ and a talking oven.
It’s really a TV show you need to see and I would whole-heartedly recommend it to anyone. Even their accents are funny!
Sure I could shout about more recent TV shows like Parks and Recreation (freaking amazing), Community (haven’t watched enough to fully get it), New Girl (a bit mainstream) or Brooklyn 99 (in its infancy), but I don’t love them as much.
Finally, how could you not love the FOTC New Zealand posters?! They made me want to visit…