Flight of the Conchords
FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Like Spinal Tap and Tenacious D before them, the New Zealand duo Flight of the Conchords pokes fun of popular music from the inside by making outrageous songs that skewer genre conventions. Unlike Spinal Tap and Tenacious D, who both send up testosterone-addled hard rockers, Flight of the Conchords are two sensitive, goofy hipsters who peddle in send-ups of white boy R&B, hip hop and English dance music.
Their self-titled full-length debut features a batch of numbers that previously appeared on the first season of their superb HBO comedy series also titled Flight of the Conchords. It veers from libido driven dancehall reggae (“Boom”) to psychedelic rock (“The Prince of Parties”) to sunny French pop (“Foux Du Fafa”). Every song has at least one funny moment but a few numbers really stand out. “Hiphopopotamus Vs. Rhymenoceros (featuring Rhymenoceros and the Hiphopopotamus)” delivers a boast of bottomless lyrics followed by an awkward silence, while the soul searching soul number “Think About It” poses questions like: “They are turning kids into slaves just to make cheaper sneakers/ But what’s the real cost ‘cause the sneakers don’t seem that much cheaper?” Best of all is a knockoff of the Pet Shop Boys called “Inner City Pressure,” which details the hardships of urban dwelling with lines including: “You know that you are not in high finance/Considering secondhand underpants.”
Over the last year, the group has been touting themselves as the “fourth most popular guitar-based digi-bongo acapaella-rap-funk-comedy folk duo” in New Zealand. With this self-titled release, they are sure to rocket to number one.