That's why I said "wasn't it"
July 31, 2006 5:55 PM   Subscribe

Flight of the Conchords (video, "Jenny") the fourth most popular folk rock in New Zealand! More Videos (Business Time, Gangsta folk battle, Issues (parody of "Where Is the Love?"), She's so hot...Boom!, Albi the Racist Dragon). Audio-only versions of most of their stuff. Official site.
posted by null terminated (24 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
"the fourth most popular folk rock in New Zealand"

Could you damn a band with any fainter praise?
posted by wilful at 5:59 PM on July 31, 2006

Could you damn a band with any fainter praise?

Depends on the other three, yeah?
posted by ZenMasterThis at 6:02 PM on July 31, 2006

The daytime of the night . . .

That line caused me to wake up the baby and now my wife is pissed at me. Damn those Conchords all to hell!
posted by Crotalus at 6:06 PM on July 31, 2006

Would someone please remove these cutleries from my knees.

I'm going to get kicked out of the bedroom.
posted by Crotalus at 6:07 PM on July 31, 2006

As I recall the number 3 band is a Flight of the Conchords tribute band. Isn't it?
posted by cm at 6:17 PM on July 31, 2006

They used to call themselves "New Zealand's fourth most popular guitar-based digi-bongo acapella-rap-funk-comedy folk duo". But, yeah, it all depends on the other 3.

Full disclosure: I am the Conchords' webmaster.
posted by John Shaft at 6:18 PM on July 31, 2006

Never heard the music before, but I dig Jemaine Clement's movie Tongan Ninja (said phrase is apparently the Kiwi equivalent of North America's "Jewish Cowboy").
posted by infinitewindow at 6:34 PM on July 31, 2006

My co-worker and his wife have been raving about these guys for months and finally sat me down to watch the HBO special a couple of weeks ago. It's fucking brilliant; "Issues" had me laughing so hard I could barely stay upright.

There's people on the street getting diseases from monkeys...Yeah, that's what I said they're getting diseases from monkeys. Why is this happenin' please who's been touchin' these monkeys? Leave this poor sick monkeys alone they're sick they got problems enough as it is.

God, thanks for this post. I needed a good laugh.
posted by mediareport at 6:42 PM on July 31, 2006

It's awkwardness set to music. Quirky and funny and brilliant. That was good, Mister N. Terminated; thank you for the post.

It's like Simon and Garfunkel meets Beck's "Debra". ("I met you/At JC Penny/I think your nametag/Said 'Jenny'")
posted by Milkman Dan at 6:58 PM on July 31, 2006

(And right, I was talkin' about the first link.)

That gangsta battle's got its moments, too. Rap parodies are always hit and miss (there's only so many ways to spoof the genre, that's all). But the Flights do nicely with the "Hip-hoppapotamus"'s second verse: "Where did you get that proposterous hypothesis; did Steve tell you that?" Heh.
posted by Milkman Dan at 7:08 PM on July 31, 2006

Albi the Racist Dragon : good name for a sockpuppet.
posted by mischief at 7:15 PM on July 31, 2006

Hilarious. I had never heard of these guys, thank you for the post.
posted by Kraftmatic Adjustable Cheese at 7:38 PM on July 31, 2006

I did eventually get his shirt.
posted by Bezbozhnik at 7:40 PM on July 31, 2006

Sweet. I was at the taping of their HBO special last year. I tried telling people about them afterwards, but when I tried to explain it, people just looked at me blankly. I probably shouldn't have mentioned that one of them is the Outback Steakhouse spokesman. Live and learn, I guess.
posted by Gamblor at 7:41 PM on July 31, 2006

It is, perhaps, entirely unworth mentioning that one half of them are otherwise known as Figwit.
posted by Sparx at 9:02 PM on July 31, 2006

I love these guys. I nearly died at the `Business Socks' bit.
posted by tomble at 9:05 PM on July 31, 2006

god i love these dudes
posted by timory at 9:35 PM on July 31, 2006

I've seen the conchords on stage in New Zealand quite a few times at comedy events. They are always great. I had no idea they were all massive famous now.
posted by sycophant at 9:42 PM on July 31, 2006

I count Business Time as one of the funniest things ever. Thanks for the other links!
posted by Zed_Lopez at 11:07 PM on July 31, 2006

"Bowie's in spaaaace...."
posted by potsmokinghippieoverlord at 11:34 PM on July 31, 2006

Wow. Like sycophant I try to catch these guys whenever they are playing in Auckland. They seem to be hitting the big time finally. They deserve the props.

Crazily enough my sister went to SXSW with Jemaine and Brett to produce a [moc/doc]umentary on their visit. Should be on NZ TV in the near future.
posted by pivotal at 3:51 AM on August 1, 2006

They had a series a few months ago on Radio 4, 'Flight of the Conchords' that was HIL arious. Unfortunately apart from a small clip the programs aren't available anymore on the BBC website.
posted by Flashman at 5:36 AM on August 1, 2006

The Figwit site links to a downloadable copy of their HBO One Night Stand.
posted by Zed_Lopez at 6:36 AM on August 1, 2006

They also did the Phones 4 U commercial in the UK in '04 (link on the website above) which had them driving around in a combi singing a ridiculously catchy song. They're awesome.
posted by szechuan at 10:11 PM on August 1, 2006

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