Wednesday, March 19, 2014

One Year, 100 Albums: #30 Flight of the Conchords "Flight of the Conchords"

 Flight of the Conchords Flight of the Conchords, 2008

It's easy to put Flight of the Conchords into the same box with Tenacious D. Both two man novelty bands (in FOTC parlance) who make hilarious, slightly weird comedy and also make hilarious music.

But there's a reason that Flight of the Conchords is 50-some positions higher than The D. And I think the difference is that Flight of the Conchords like the music they're making and hope that you will too, but if not, they understand and hope you have a nice day. Tenacious D has an unspoken attitude that feels like if you don't like their music then you can just go jump in a lake.

This difference allows the Kiwi Komedians to appear silly or lame with no fear of losing fan base, because they haven't established any sort of requirements where they have to maintain some sort of "Cool" quota. And that makes them cool. Haha. It doesn't make sense, but it's a fact.

I came to love these guys gradually. I would hear snippets of songs being sung by friends at a party (the most memorable being the "Steve" part of the song depicted in the video below) and the Contrast Podcast would occasionally have a song by them. In fact, it was the appearance of "Business Time" on the "Time" episode of the CP that really made me want to find out what this was all about.

And so, I started watching the show and fell almost immediately in love with these two clueless New Zealanders (3 if you count Murray, and Murray always counts Murray, so I guess we should too) trying to figure out not just how to survive New York City, but also how to "make it" as musicians.

If you haven't seen the show, you should. But this album will work even if you haven't. It was especially tough to pick songs to feature because they're all so amazing and all so vastly different from one another. The wise move is to go down and get the album on MP3 from the links below.

Flight of the Conchords - Mutha'uckas
Flight of the Conchords - Business Time

You can buy Flight of the Conchords at Amazon, Amazon MP3, and iTunes

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