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.
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.
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”