Flight of the Conchords

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Posted on September 18, 2005 10:06 PM in Music
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A couple nights back I happened to catch an airing of One Night Stand on HBO. The episode featured a two-man band/comedy act called Flight of the Conchords. I immediately recognized the tail end of the song they were performing as Business Time, a hilarious song about married-life lovemaking that a co-worker had sent to me a few months back. Apparently it had been played on 103.7 The Mountain, a local radio station here in Seattle (more on that over at defective yeti).

My girlfriend and I ended up watching the final 5 minutes or so of the episode and then I immediately took advantage of my TiVo powers and set up a recording of the full episode. We ended up watching it in its entirety tonight after coming home from the Seahawks game and could not stop laughing for the life of us ("get your hand off my tail, you'll make it dirty").

Now that I've seen the episode, I want another fix, so I've spent the last half hour or so scouring the web for any audio clips I can get my hands on. Unfortunately, since the band is still relatively small (this won't last) there isn't much to be found. However, it's amazing what interesting tidbits you'll come across when you reach into the far, dark corners of the web:

An actor whose three-second appearance in the film Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring earned him thousands of fans around the world, has been performing incognito at a small Fringe venue.

Bret McKenzie, half of comedy music duo Flight of the Conchords, played a part so small in the film that it didn't have a name, let alone dialogue. But his fleeting appearance in the Council of Elrond scene was a cult hit with Rings boffins, particularly female Rings boffins, around the world.

Fans have since dubbed his nameless elfin character Figwit and set up at least three websites in honour of the New Zealand actor and musician.

One of the sadder things I uncovered was the fact that Flight of the Conchords were at Bumbershoot in my own backyard only two weeks ago! I'm seriously kicking myself right now. Seeing them alone would have been worth the aroma of Birkenstocks and BO that usually permeates the air at that festival.

If you've come here looking for information on Flight of the Conchords, be sure to check out their official site and buy their album, Folk The World Tour - Live Album. I believe the episode of One Night Stand I mentioned will be re-airing on HBO in October.

Oh, and there's also apparently an audio/visual page over at What the Folk! but I haven't been able to access it tonight. At the moment I'm checking out some audio of the group that is available from BBC Radio 2.

God these guys crack me up!

Comments

Sherry on September 27, 2005 at 7:51 AM:

Hey,

Sorry you could not get to the Sound and Vision page on What The Folk.

It was pulled as a temp measure due to extreme caning of bandwidth after the HBO show aired. Its the first time the audio has been pulled in the 2 years the site has been online. Its just a humble fan site. Its back now, with all the new versions of the tracks.

All the old stuff will be put back sometime, just not right now.

Hope that helps.

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Monique on December 31, 2005 at 12:26 AM:

I absolutely love Flight of the Conchords as well! I just received their one and only CD a few days ago. Only a week it took to get from New Zealand to here! I also ordered Tongan Ninja, a movie Jemaine Clement made. The website is: www.tonganninja.com I find it pretty hillarious! Supposedly they are or were signed to NBC but I have not heard anything about it.

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