Top 5 Songs: Flight of the Conchords


I’ve been re-watching Flight of the Conchords and thought it would be fun to write a post on my favourite songs by them. Now I’m not being lazy by choosing to do a top five rather than a top ten, I just thought choosing ten of their wonderful, hilarious songs would be too easy.

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For those of you that don’t know, Flight of the Conchords is a 2007 comedy series set in New York. It stars Jemaine Clemant and Bret McKenzie as two hapless guys from New Zealand trying to make it big with their band Flight of the Conchords. The script is interjected with their songs which mainly parody different music genres but they are an exceptionally talented duo and thankfully the songs are great – and really, really funny.

Here’s my top 5 –

5. Petrov, Yelyena and Me

This song actually features in the last ever episode. Jemaine and Bret are kicked out of their apartment and forced to stay with Mel (“The Fan”) and Doug. This Russian-style song is actually Bret’s dream, where he imagines he is stranded on a boat and being eaten alive by Mel and Doug.

 “I said, ‘Do you know any Rolling Stones?'”

4. I’m Not Crying

Ha, this one’s really funny and features some excellent facial expressions from Jemaine. Taken from the first series and first album, this song is all about dealing with heartache whilst not looking like a wimp.

“And if you think you see some tear tracks down my cheeks……please, please, don’t tell my mates”

3. Hurt Feelings

Possibly the funniest song ever, this is first heard in series two at their library gig – yes really. It’s a rap song but in true Flight of the Conchords style, the guys talk about their (real life) experiences of feeling hurt. Including being told he looks like a llama (Jemaine) and not being invited to the cinema (Bret). Bless. This song still makes me laugh out loud even now.

“The day after my birthday is not my birthday mum.”

2. Fashion is Danger

In series two Bret and Jemaine experiment with hair gel and as a result start to feel really trendy and popular. This song has a typically brilliant and pretentious 80s style (which I love!). Glam rock eyeliner plus synth pop and new wave posing. Perfect.

“Jazzercise.”

1. Leggy Blonde

I know, kind of strange that my no.1 choice is mainly sung by Murray (Rhys Darby) – the band’s ridiculous manager, but I’ve always loved this song, ever since the beginning. Probably because of the cute little melody, but it is also very funny.

“Your hair down to your legs and your legs down to the floor”

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56 Responses to Top 5 Songs: Flight of the Conchords

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  2. Tom says:

    Hi Em!!! *waves*

    Fantastic post. It’s great to see a post singling out some Flight of the Conchords tunes, I just loved these guys but am ashamed to admit I haven’t listened/watched them in some time. Watching these clips brings back fond memories. My friend in college introduced me to them and my life basically was changed forever.

    • emmakwall says:

      Hi Tom!!! *waves back excitedly*

      How are you? YAY! So glad you loved this post, it’s great when someone shares a similar love to yourself isn’t it 🙂

      I hadn’t watched for ages either, so don’t feel ashamed!! I started re-watching the DVDs again from the beginning and boy it just reminded me how funny and great those songs are!! The show is great too but the songs really make it 🙂

      I love how you say your life basically was changed forever! Haha 🙂 have you seen What We Do in the Shadows? It’s a mockumentary about erm, vampires lol, written by Jemaine and the director of FOTC, Murray is in it too!!! But no Bret sadly.

      So will you be listening to some today? 🙂

      • Tom says:

        I actually listened to all those clips you posted here, but I could probably do with some more in my life today. 😉 And yes, have seen WWDITS. It’s probably going to crack my Top 10 faves of the year I loved it so much.

  3. Love this post! I am so happy Leggie Blonde made it on the list! My partner and I sing it all the time. “I like… pie!” And I love the breakdown with all the office resources in the middle. And the random rap bit! Top notch song all around.

    I also really love the faux-French song “Foux du FaFa” from the first season! So many great ones to pick though.

    • emmakwall says:

      I’m so happy other people love Leggy Blonde, I never thought so many people would have it as their favourite also!!! 🙂

      That bit cracks me up!!!! I had a budgie but it died……..

      Funnily enough me and my boyfriend were making dinner last night and we had Flight of the Conchords blasting out in the kitchen! Ha ha ha 🙂

      Always a good compromise if you like different genres of music!

      That French song is great too, it was REALLY hard narrowing it down to five!

      Thanks Anna!!! 🙂

  4. Zoë says:

    I keep hearing about this, and after What We Do In The Shadows, I am more interested than ever!

    • emmakwall says:

      I watched What We Do in the Shadows only a week ago! How weird is that 🙂

      Flight of the Conchords is a lot funnier so if you enjoyed the mockumentary I think you will enjoy FOTC 🙂

      Hi Zoe!!!

  5. stephen1001 says:

    YES!
    Leggy Blonde and Hurt Feelings would also be in my top 5 (along with Friends, Cheer up Murray, and foux de fafa)

  6. I’ve never seen it though I have been told many times that it is fantastic.

  7. alexraphael says:

    Love the show. Great idea for a post. No Coco’s song though? 🙂

    • emmakwall says:

      Yay, thanks Alex!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

      Do you mean the one where Jemaine’s wearing that check coat haha and Bret’s singing “is that the kind of thing you think you might be into?” that would definitely be an honourable mention my friend 🙂 what are your favourites?

  8. vinnieh says:

    I’ve never seen the show but as always with your work, it has me interested.

  9. I’ve never seen this show but I hear great things about it. I’ll have to check it out one of these days 🙂

  10. beetleypete says:

    Never saw any of this series, Em. I will have to check it out one of these days.
    Best wishes, Pete. x

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