Flight of the Conchords

By • Jul 21st, 2008 • Category: Acoustic, Alternative, Comedy, Music

New Zealand acts are traditionally co-opted by Australians once they reach a certain level of fame, so perhaps I should introduce them as Australia’s very own favourite cult musical comedy duo “Flight of the Conchords”.

Flight of the Conchords

Seriously though – Wikipedia explains the following about the New Zealand television series “Flight of the Conchords”:

The series revolves around the day-to-day lives and loves of two musicians, Jemaine and Bret (Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie, playing fictionalised versions of themselves), who have uprooted themselves from their native New Zealand to try to make it big as a novelty folk duo in New
York.

So what are they like? Imagine the Bonzos consisting of two guys and two guitars. Actually they sound better than the Bonzos ever did having I think much better voices – but taking nothing away from either band – they are both very funny and entertaining.

World famous in New Zealand are Jemaine Clement & Bret McKenzie, better known to the planet as the ‘Flight of the Conchords’. They first met in Wellington as university students and felt that they’d like to learn to play guitar. Initially they tried playing other peoples songs, but finding that was too hard decided to write their own.

Their first major international success came at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival where they received rave reviews and built up a solid fan base (most of which, it seems, now run fan sites for them). In due course, they made a series of adverts for Phones4U in the UK, a radio series for the BBC and, now, a self-titled TV series commissioned by HBO.

Watch them do their thing on YouTube – Flight Of The Conchords – Bowie Song


Oh yes and my favourite Flight Of The Conchords – Frodo, Don’t Wear The Ring

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