Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Megan's Top 18 of 2008 - #14 - Flight of the Conchords

I'd like to clarify one thing before I go any further: I am not a fan of comedy albums. Even when I thought Weird Al was hilarious, I never owned a single one of his (many) albums. I haven't really watched a "comedy" show since "In Living Colour" went off the air. I managed to resist the pair of Kiwis known to the world as Flight of the Conchords for many moons, until one day my best friend Laura turned their self-titled album on while we were tooling around the California desert last April. From that moment on, friends, I was hooked. When Laura and I started having FOTC night, wherein we would watch episodes of their HBO show and drink wine and coo over how funny the boys are, I began to morph into a straight up fan.

From the opening, Serge Gainsbourgian "Foux de Fafa" to the Pet Shop Boy beats of "Inner City Pressure" to the too cute white boy rap of "Hiphopopotamus Vs. Rhymenoceros", it's one clever, damned catchy song after another. No genre or artist is spared the Conchordian treatment. "Think About It" owes its existence to Marvin Gaye's "What's Goin' On". "Prince of Parties" reminds me a smidgeon of Donovan's "Sunshine Superman" with some early Bowie thrown in for good measure. Yet even more superior to the aforementioned songs are my trio of favorite Conchordian songs; "Robot Boom", wherein robots take over the world and "the humans are dead", backhanded ballad "The Most Beautiful Girl (In the Room)", and my all-time favorite, "Bowie", in which Brett and Jemaine do their best Bowie impressions and sing about sparkly jumpsuits and nipples. It's a must-listen. There's also this little song they do, you might perhaps have heard it, something about "Business Time". Yeah, that's pretty good too.

And in closing, I have but this to say. If loving comedy rock parodies is wrong, I don't want to be right.

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