Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Flight of the Conchords Release Charity Single & Revisiting Fave Musical Moments of HBO Show

Jermaine Clement and Bret McKenzie of the Flight of the Conchords have put together a new song using suggested lyrics by New Zealand school kids called, "Feel Inside (And Stuff Like That)."  These are the guys who kept me giggling through two seasons of their namesake show on HBO, so to see them cracking up in conversation with their lyricists is a pure delight.  One girl even mentions the recent Muppet movie in which McKenzie provided the songs, bringing home the openess of a child's outlook of the world.  A finale sing along includes many NZ celebrities that might not register, but the various genres are all easily recognizable. The project is part of Red Nose Day, a program of the U.K. based Comic Relief organization.

Clement and McKenzie met at the Victoria University of Wellington while studying film and theatre, combining their talents as musicians and comedians under the name Flight of the Conchords. From the opening credits,  their quirky half hour on U.S. television from 2007 to 2009 was about music. Not just about the characters in a band from that other land down under, but interspersed were brilliant musical tributes with wry words tripping off their tongues. Fellow comedians Ryhs Darby as their manager Murray and Kristen Shaal as the lone fan Mel rounded out the cast.  This new song had me diving happily into old faves from the show on YouTube (with some even found in HD).  Here's just a few, from the rap of "Hiphopopotamus vs. Rhymenoceros," to revisiting remedial language studies when skewering the French in "Foux Da Fa Fa," and the spot on rendition of Pet Shop Boys in "Inner City Pressure" -- please Germaine and Bret, stay home and play some more synths!

And finally, the fabulous incarnations of David Bowie through the decades, ending in "Bowie's in Space." The two are doing a fine "Let's Dance" boogie in 80s style suits, which plays in rotation on the show's DVDs -- worth playing the them just for that!